Sale Location 2020 will mark the fifth year we have been in our new Sale barn here at the ranch we built in 2015-2016. Though it may always be a work in progress. We were fortunate to have a ton of help from friends and family and are extremely grateful for everyone! If you haven't been out to visit, please join us this year!
Bar JV Angus is located in the Sioux Pass Community half way between Sidney and Culbertson on highway 16. We have been building our program here for 45 years, selling private treaty until 2009 when we began annual production sales. Our registered herd was started in 1975 when Loretta Denowh married Jim Vitt and brought her 4-H cow and calf with her. Our operation now consists of 325 registered cows and 100 commercial cows.We also raise spring wheat, oats, millet and grass hay to feed our cattle.
We remain focused on developing a solid foundation of quality Angus genetics. Our mission here is to market bulls and replacement heifers while focusing on what is important to a commercial operation: low maintenance cows with longevity that produce pounds at weaning. Breeding elite Angus females who produce high performance bulls for the profitability of commercial cattlemen is the goal. While the American Angus association has provided us with a great set of selection tools, there are traits that we require beyond EPDs. Structural soundness, good feet and udders are fundamental and essential for longevity. Disposition and maternal instincts are also essential. Breeding bone into our cattle to enable them to handle the amount of growth that is found in today’s genetics. Another thing we look for is a long neck and smooth shoulders, which ensures calving ease. We consider calving ease to be bred in to our cowherd. While we feel that every bull provides calving ease, we realize that every one is not a heifer bull.
We market our bulls annually at our bull sale on the second Friday in April where we sell 100 bulls, around 30 heifers and 20 black baldy heifers. The bulls are fed in our own feedlot here at the ranch. We choose not to push our bulls very hard on feed. We want them to gain about 2.75 to 3 pounds per day. This will ensure that they will last for many years. The bulls are fed a high roughage ration consisting of alfalfa, grass hay, silage, whole oats and cracked corn. Flax-Lic tubs are also fed to improve semen quality.
Bar JV is entirely family run. It is operated by Jim and Loretta Vitt. In 2006, their son Dale and his wife Jill returned to the ranch. Dale and Jill have three children: Cody, Emily, and Kendal. In 2017, Cody, Sierra and Owen Vitt joined us working at the ranch. Our daughter Emily just completed her senior year at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Kendal is 9 years old and is in grade 4 at Sidney Elementary.
Please enjoy the following video with more information about our ranch.