Sale Location 2021 will mark the sixth year we have been in our Sale barn here at the ranch built in 2015-2016. Though it may always be a work in progress. If you haven't been out to visit, please join us this year!
Bar JV Angus is located at Sioux Pass between Sidney and Culbertson Montana on highway 16. We have been building our program here for 46 years, selling private treaty until 2009 when we began annual production sales. Our registered herd was started in 1975 when Jim Vitt and Loretta Denowh were married. Loretta's 4-H cow and calf were the foundation. Our operation now consists of 400 registered cows and 180 commercial cows.We also raise spring wheat, oats, millet and grass hay to feed our cattle.
At Bar JV Angus, we provide a solid foundation of quality Angus genetics. Currently we are marketing yearling bulls and replacement heifers in the spring with our focus on the female. Breeding elite Angus females who produce high performance bulls for the profitability of commercial cattlemen is the goal. We demand low maintenance cows with longevity that produce pounds at weaning. While the American Angus association has provided us with a great set of selection tools, there are traits that we require beyond EPDs. Essentials for longevity are sound structure, good feet and udders. Disposition and maternal instincts are also absolute necessities. We consider breeding bone into our cattle to enable them to handle the amount of growth that is found in today’s genetics is fundamental. Another thing we breed for is a long neck and smooth shoulders, which ensures calving ease. We consider calving ease to be bred in to our cowherd.
We market our bulls annually at our bull sale on the fourth Tuesday in March selling 100 bulls, 100 angus 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 hard on feed. We want them to gain about 2.75 to 3 pounds per day. This practice ensures 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 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 and Sierra Vitt joined us working at the ranch. Cody's sons Owen(4) and Brooks(2) are the sixth generation of our family on the ranch.
Please enjoy the following video with more information about our ranch.