Here at the Nielsen Ranch, we feel incredibly grateful to be living our dream, and raising our kids to appreciate and love the ranching way-of-life! As 6th generation ranchers, we take pride in raising quality Irish Black cattle who carry superior performance traits, consistent genetics, and possess genetic purity. We are a cow/calf operation with a small backgrounding feedlot and background our own calves after weaning.
We strongly believe in a quiet and gentle handling environment and maintain a hands-on approach when it comes to interacting with our replacement heifer calves and prospective bull calves when they get to the feedlot after weaning. We enjoy taming them down with treats and lots of attention while in our feedlot. We primarily use horses, but we also move and gather our cattle with the side-by-side, 4-wheeler, and sort on foot. We try to expose our cattle to a wide variety of handling practices.
Over the past several years we have been fortunate to partner with Dr. Terry Todd, owner of No Creek Ranch — an Irish Black operation located near Twin Bridges, Montana. In the summer of 2015, Dr. Todd purchased breed founder, Maurice Boney’s, herd from IB&R Trademarks. Eventually, Dr. Todd moved his entire herd to the Nielsen Ranch. Our purebred herds were combined, and run together as part of a joint operation. This has allowed us to further improve and perfect our herd with the best genetics that the Irish Black Breed has to offer.
We truly love what we do, and are blessed to be able to call eastern Montana our home! Ranching and raising quality beef is our passion. Give us a call today. We’d love to talk about our cattle and show you around our operation.