It all started in Denver in 2009 when Jennifer attended the Denver stock show. While walking the isles, she saw UBAR DINA 754, a heifer that the famed UBAR Ranch was exhibiting. Traditionally, the Gardner’s had owned black cattle, but UBAR DINA 754 was a fantastic female, regardless of color. She had performance, muscle dimension, gut shape and a great attitude. After meeting Murray Dingus, owner of UBAR Ranch, and discovering what a wonderful person he was and how he conducted business and operated his cattle ranch, Jennifer decided this was a heifer to start the red angus herd with. Unfortunately, she was not for sale until she was at the Black Hills Stock Show (where she was named Reserve Champion Red Angus Female) a few weeks later. We purchased her over the phone and finally got her home during the 2009 Iowa Beef Expo.
Since then, we have purchased a very few females, deciding to take the slow road and develop a cow herd within our own instead of buying the “next hot thing”.
Our policy has been to develop cattle that perform not only in the pasture, but also in the feedlot. The feedlot is important because it is our belief that not every single “purebred calf” has the ability to move forward and become a breeding animal. It doesn’t matter what the pedigree, or EPD’s are, if the animal doesn’t pass our requirements (performance, attitude, eye appeal, and EPD’s) to become a bull or replacement female, they are sold to a feedlot.
We also believe that cattle have survived hundreds of years without individual pens, heaters, AC units, and a full bucket of feed. Our registered show cattle are handled just like our commercial cattle. Yes, they get spoiled during show season, but when that is over, they go out to the pasture to graze grass, eat hay and stand in the snow and rain.
When you come to look at our cattle, you can see multiple generations in our pasture. We do not have a “front pasture”. We have a pasture. Our bull and female offerings have their damns and granddam’s walking the same pastures that they were born in. We feel it is only fair to show multiple generations since when you are purchasing cattle you should be purchasing a program, not just one single animal.
We are about producing sound, functional, high performance, docile cattle that have eye appeal. We stress longevity since the development of replacement females and herd bulls is the most costly step in cattle production.
Showing is what we do for fun and to get our product out to the public, it is not something we focus on nor is a purple banner our ultimate goal. Our ultimate accomplishment is to produce cattle that outperform the previous generation, and make their owner money, whoever that may be.
We would like to invite you to give us a call to talk about our cattle and determine if we can help you in any way.
CR Cattle Company is owned by David Gardner and Jennifer Gardner, a brother and sister. Jennifer is currently living on a family farm that has been in the Gardner family since 1843. David is currently living in Riverside Iowa.