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Best Angus & Quarter Horses


January 2, 2019 | View PDF

Pete and Vawnita Best with their son Kyle, who all work as a family to run Best Angus and Quarter Horses.

Best Angus will be hosting their 5th annual Best Value in the Badlands Production Sale on March 4th, 2019 in Watford City. The sale will offer 75 registered yearling Angus bulls, 5 coming two year old registered Angus bulls, 25 registered open heifer calves, and 2 ranch raised geldings. For more information, visit the ranch website:

Prior to their annual production sale, Best's marketed their range ready registered yearling bulls by private treaty. What started in 1987 as a 4-H and FFA project of Pete's has grown into a registered Angus cowherd known for efficient, profitable, maternal cattle that serve the cattlemen of today's beef industry well.

In 2006, Best's had the opportunity to move themselves and their 30 registered Angus cows home to the ranch Vawnita grew up on in the badlands of south central McKenzie County. Through intense AI and ET, today the entire brood cowherd at Elkhorn Creek Ranch is registered, AHIR tested, Maternal Plus enrolled, and carcass ultra-sounded since 1995. Of the 265 cows, approximately half are synchronized in the spring and AI'ed and half are used as recipient cows in the ET program.

Best Angus believes it is their responsibility to breed cattle that will provide profitability for their customers' cowherds, as well as their quality of life through focusing on economic and problem free trait selection. To be able to do so, selection pressure is applied in their harsh badland's environment. Best's have extended their grazing season over the last decade and have focused on the type and kind of mother cow who thrives in a blue collar world, while producing calves that efficiently gain in the feedlot, grade on the rail, and push the upper limits of carcass weight without reaching discount.

Two beautiful black Angus pose for a photo at Best Angus Ranch.

In addition to their Best Value in the Badlands annual production sale the first Monday of March in Watford City, Best Angus has also partnered with Strommen Ranch and Talkington Angus Ranch to form the Badlands Angus Alliance registered coming two year old bull and bred female sale. The Badlands Angus Alliance on the first Tuesday of December offers registered Angus coming two year old bulls from the three programs and bred females from customers of Badlands Angus Alliance. The Badlands Angus Alliance is in Dickinson and is scheduled for December 3, 2019.

For more information on Best Angus and Quarter Horses or Badlands Angus Alliance, contact Pete at (701) 570-6959 or:


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