The Roundup -

By Ray Franz 

History Of Franz Charolais & Red Angus


January 6, 2021 | View PDF

Franz Ranch had its beginning in 1919 after World War I, when Fred and Adolph Franz returned to Montana after serving in the army in the war. They began as Franz Brothers - buying the homestead out here on the home place northwest of Sidney.

My wife Ann and I returned to Montana in the spring of 1958 and rented the home place from Fred and Ethel Franz, my parents, and have raised our family here. The farm was too small by then to operate as a grain and livestock operation and the land was more suitable for a livestock operation.

We finally bought the place and over time made it into a cattle ranch business. We developed a purebred Charolais herd and sold that in 1996. We then began a commercial herd of Red Angus cows crossed with our Charolais bulls to produce and sell Charolais cross feeder calves which we still continue to do today.

Jon and I run the home place northwest of Sidney. A few years back we began to build a purebred registered Red Angus herd – using A.I. and good P.B. bulls or our own use and sell a few of the best. This way we make either registered Red Angus out of the best and commercial replacement out of the others.

Our son and daughter-in-law, David and Liz Franz, ranch north of Wibaux. David Franz and his family raise commercial Red Angus cross Charolais feeder calves. We operate the two places together and market together. It has been good to me. Visitors are welcome but are encouraged to call ahead.


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