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Bar JV Angus Ranch


Cody, Dale and Jim Vitt out riding on Bar JV Angus Ranch.

Bar JV Angus Ranch is a proud part of the argiculture community in the Mon-Dak area, and are located in the Sioux Pass Community halfway between Sidney and Culbertson, MT on highway 16. Many great people are involved in raising livestock in the area, and they feel it is a great responsibility to provide clients with genetics that will continue to improve their cowherd along with Bar JV's own.

Bar JV is a family run operation, operated by Jim and Loretta Vitt along with their son Dale Vitt and his wife Jill, and their children Cody, Emily and Kendall.

This year will be Bar JV's 7th Annual Production Sale; they are currently in the process of building their own sale barn and are excited to have people come back to their ranch this year. Bar JV has sold bulls by private treaty for 34 years and are very excited to be selling at home.

The Ranch started in 1975 when Loretta Denowh married Jim Vitt and brought her 4-H cow and calf with her. For 41 years, the operation has been run by family and now consists of 325 registered cows and 100 commercial cows. Along with their cattle, they also raise spring wheat, oats, millet, and grass hay to feed their cattle.

The program's focus at Bar JV is the mother cow. Their philosophy is that if you breed for a good cow she will raise good bulls. They select for balanced traits and they never chase a single trait. "Our cattle have to pass a visual inspection, something that sometimes gets overlooked. We are trying to leave you a great set of cows that will also add pounds to your calf crop," said Vitt. "Our main goal at Bar JV Angus is to raise cattle for the commercial cowman that focuses on what is important, low maintenance cows that will stay in the herd and produce pounds at weaning."

Another goal at Bar JV is that their cows should be able to take care of themselves; allowing them to graze until the weather forces them to feed. In the winter season, Bar JV feeds their cows alfalfa and grass hay along with beet pulp and corn silage. Calving begins on March 10 at Bar JV, allowing most of their herd to calve out in the pasture unassisted. Good dispositions and udder quality are top priorities in the business.

Bar JV Angus 7th Annual production sale will be held Wed., April 13 at the ranch. They will be selling 100 bulls and an offering of commercial heifers. Visitors are always welcome and you can call Bar JV at 406-798-3653.


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