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Best Angus & Quarter Horses


January 1, 2020 | View PDF

Best Angus will be hosting their 6th annual Best Value in the Badlands Production Sale at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 2, Watford City. The sale will offer 65 registered yearling Angus bulls, 10 coming two-year-old registered Angus bulls, and 25 registered open heifer calves. For more information, visit the ranch website,

Prior to their annual production sale, Bests 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 cow herd known for efficient, profitable, maternal cattle that serve the cattlemen of today's beef industry well.

In 2006, Bests 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 cow herd 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' cow herds, 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. Bests 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.

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 Dec. 1, 2020.

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


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