Jeanette Rankin of Kicking Horse Ranch in Oilmont, Mont., was one of two inductees into the American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame for 2014. The induction took place on Saturday, January 11 during the AGA’s Impacting the Beef Business: It Starts with Membership Annual Convention. The second inductee was Eldon and Kathy Starr of Stapleton, Neb.
The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals for their lasting contribution to the growth and development of the Gelbvieh breed. That contribution is through the influence of the cattle they have bred, their breed promotion efforts, and the leadership provided to the AGA.
Kicking Horse Ranch has been raising Gelbvieh cattle on their north central Montana ranch since 1973, and they have been lifetime members of the American Gelbvieh Association since 1974. The ranch is located in the Sweet Grass Hills just a few miles from the Canadian border, making it ideal conditions for a cow-calf operation. The herd currently consists of about 60 registered Gelbvieh cows, and at one point was well over 100 registered females.
Rankin was instrumental in the growth and development of the Gelbvieh breed in the United States. During the 1970s and 80s, Jeanette visited Canada and Germany to evaluate Gelbvieh fullblood animals. The Gelbvieh breed originated in Germany and was imported to the United States primarily through Canada.
Naturally a horned breed, Kicking Horse Ranch bred one of the first polled Gelbvieh bulls, KHR Polled Hockeye 07T. He is a polled, red, purebred Gelbvieh bull born in 1985. ABS purchased the bull and made him part of his sire line-up. Today, there are more than 2,400 progeny of KHR Polled Hockeye 07T in the Gelbvieh herdbook, which further demonstrates this bull’s genetic influence on the Gelbvieh breed.
Kicking Horse Ranch held their first production sale in 1983, and they have produced many nationally recognized bulls and females. The 2014 sale will be held March 20 at Western Livestock Auction in Great Falls, Mont. Kicking Horse Ranch has also marketed bulls through the Midland Bull Test, with their bulls earning top performance honors in the test.
Rankin has also been active in the Montana Gelbvieh Association. She has served on their Board of Directors and has assisted with their newsletter for many years.
Nominated for this honor by the Montana Gelbvieh Association, the American Gelbvieh Association recognizes Jeanette Rankin as one of its 2014 Hall of Fame inductees. To watch Jeanette’s Hall of Fame presentation video, visit www.www.gelbvieh.org.