Cattle Ranch Of The Week: Rathbun Angus Ranch

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Corrin Rathbun was raised in Southern Idaho where his parents, Wayne and Mildred, farmed for over 40 years. Corrin began his own farming operation in the Columbia Basin of Washington in 1967. In the early years he raised mostly potatoes, sugar beets, and wheat, while some years he would winter yearlings on irrigated cropland. In more recent times alfalfa hay has become his crop of choice, and Corrin has focused on over 2,000 acres of high quality dairy hay.

The Herd
In 1988, the herd of Registered Angus Cattle was started with the purchase of 39 fall calving cows from Lettunich and Sons of Payette, Idaho. That same year, some cows were bought from Thomas Angus Ranch of Baker City, Oregon. The next year another 50 Registered heifers were purchased from Thomas Angus Ranch. With these purchases, the foundation of the Rathbun herd had been laid.

Recognizing that many ranchers must still sell calves at weaning time, the Rathbun Program has kept adequate frame size in their cattle while at the same time demanding better and more efficient performance. Every cow is individually mated each year, based on her production and performance and conformation. The results have been very gratifying to the family and very well accepted among the commercial cattle industry.

Transitions
In 1997, Greg and Jen rejoined Rathbun Angus and formed a partnership with Corrin. Their youthful enthusiasm was used in the day-to-day management and operations, while Corrin provided experience, oversight, and resources. Together, the combination formed a successful team.

This teamwork, along with careful preparation, made the challenging transition to a new location possible. In 1999, an offer to sell the ranch in Richland led to a search for a new home place. That search ended with the purchase of a new ranch in Moses Lake. With the daunting task of relocating everything from the cattle to the corrals, Greg, Jen, and Corrin joined forces to make the smooth transition. With the completion of an advanced facility, including state-of-the-art working corrals and sale barn, the Moses Lake ranch is the culmination of their ranching ideas and philosophy.

For more information visit the Rathbun Angus Ranch at www.RathbunAngus.com



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