25th Annual All Breeds Cattle Tour to be held Wednesday, Oct. 12 in Northwest ND


The northwest portion of the state will be the highlight of this year’s All Breeds Cattle Tour. The 2011 event marks the 25th anniversary of the All Breeds Cattle Tour, sponsored by the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA).

The tour starts in Minot, N.D., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, located at 300 37th Ave SW. The bus will leave from the hotel at 8 a.m.

“For 25 years, the NDSA has been proud to showcase the state’s outstanding beef cattle operations,” said NDSA Special Projects Director Emily Dalzell. “This year’s tour will feature a variety of breeds and operation types.”

The tentative schedule is as follows:


8:45 a.m.KnH Simmentals: Kent and Heather Neshem, Berthold, N.D.

KnH Simmentals is a family-based Simmental operation, which strives to produce sound, functional cattle. The Neshems also raise wheat, durum, canola and peas.


(Exhibiting at KnH Simmentals) SRF Simmental: Todd and Kelly Finke, Berthold, N.D. The Finkes raise registered Simmental and SimAngus cattle on the place their great-grandparents homesteaded in the 1900’s. In 2005, they formed a marketing alliance with Kaelberer Ranch of New Salem, N.D., and KnH Simmentals of Berthold, N.D., and started an annual bull sale, “Edge of the West.”


10:00 a.m.Rockeman Herefords: Mark and Annette Rockeman, Donnybrook, N.D.

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Rockeman Herefords is a third- and fourth-generation farm and ranch located southwest of Donnybrook, N.D. The family raises roughly 75 registered Hereford cattle, plus 125 commercial head. Besides cattle, the Rockemans also raise small grains.


(Exhibiting at Rockeman Herefords) – Crider Farm and Ranch: Michael and Donita Crider, Donnybrook, N.D.

The Crider family raises Angus cattle, and calve out approximately 400 head every year. They focus on cattle with easy-fleshing ability, milk production, solid maternal traits and carcass quality.


11:30 a.m.Northern Plains Simmental: J.R. and Miranda Aufforth, Bowbells, N.D.

Northern Plains Simmentals was created when J.R. Aufforth bought his first purebred Simmental heifer in 1989. Northern Plains Simmentals has marketed females through the Northwest North Dakota Select Sale in Stanley, N.D., and the North Dakota Showcase Sale in Bismarck, N.D.


(Exhibiting at Northern Plains Simmental) – Petersen Stock Farm; Vern, Kris and Kyle Petersen, Bowbells, N.D.

Petersen Farms is a family operation north of Bowbells, N.D., consisting of 4,500 acres of farm ground and 125 registered Angus cows. They strive to produce stout-made, easy-fleshing cattle that can thrive in the northern environment.


1:00 p.m.Barenthsen-Bullinger Red Angus: Mark and Kathy Barenthsen and Jeremy and Jessica Bullinger, Powers Lake, N.D.

The Barenthsen and Bullinger families started as a commercial cow-calf operation more than 30 years ago. Today, the herd consists of 250 registered and 50 commercial cows.


3:00 p.m. – Feiring Angus Ranch: Doug and Ceylon Feiring, Powers Lake, N.D.

Feiring Angus Ranch is located 3 miles east of White Earth. It is owned and operated by Doug and Ceylon Feiring and their family. They strive to produce cattle that will return the most profit with the least inputs and labor.


(Exhibiting at Feiring Angus Ranch) Mill Iron C Ranch: Arlan and Nicole Anderson, Dickinson, N.D.

The Andersons run commercial Angus cattle, Their primary focus is calving-ease, maternal traits and mild dispositions. 


4:00 p.m.Ash Coulee Angus: Scott and Joanne Davis, Tioga, N.D.

Ash Coulee Ranch is a family-operated, registered Angus ranch owned by Scott and JoAnne Davis, located one-half mile south of White Earth.


5:00 p.m. Group Stop, Mountrail County Fair Building, Stanley, N.D. featuring the ranches listed below:

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Bruner Angus Ranch; Blaine and Kim Bruner, Drake, N.D.

Bruner Angus Ranch is a fourth-generation family farm. The Bruner family includes Blaine, Kim and their boys Travis (and wife Ashley), Trenton and Ty. 


4E Simmental Ranch; Shane and Jen Erickson, Plaza, N.D.

4E Simmentals is a family-owned ranch located one-half mile east and one-half mile south of Plaza.  


Early Morning Red Angus: Carl and Bonnie Frisinger, Tioga, N.D.

45-year NDSA members are long-time Red Angus breeders, marketing yearling bulls in April each year.


Breakfast, refreshments, lunch and transportation are free. Supper tickets are $10. The tour will return to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Minot by approximately 8 p.m.

To reserve your place on the bus, please RSVP by either calling the NDSA office at
(701) 223-2522 or e-mailing
edalzell@ndstockmen.org. Registration is also available on-site at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites or the individual stops.