About Us

We started our registered Angus herd in 1991 with five Angus heifers. Today we have approximately 50 breeding cows. We calve in the spring.

Our goal is to produce bulls with moderate birth weights, accelerated growth traits and acceptable carcass traits. An aggressive AI program is used to capture new and popular bulls that meet our needs. We have also instituted an embryo program with the help of Cross Country Genetics. We strive to maintain a cow herd with fleshing ability, problem free udders and fertility. Emphasis is also put on cattle with good dispositions. We spend time with our cattle and feed them range cubes to get them used to people walking around them and to maintain good dispositions.

We love to have visitors. If you are ever near Blue Rapids please stop by.

The Angus Story of Alcove Cattle Company

Our journey into the Angus business began as an investment opportunity with the idea of using the investment to help send our children to college. In 1991 Dean Perkins of Perkins Blue Sky Farm in Barnes invited us to join a group of investors and invest in an Angus herd. In the fall of 1991 we purchased five Angus heifers – three from Hinkson Angus in Cottonwood Falls and two from Dalebanks Angus in Eureka.

From 1991 through the spring 1995 our involvement was going over to Barnes and picking the one heifer we were guaranteed each year. In the spring of 1995 Perkins Blue Sky Farm was ending their involvement in the Angus herd so we had two choices – sell the herd that we had started to build or find a place to go with the cattle.

We decided that we would like to keep the cattle. We knew that with Ken’s busy medical practice we could not handle the cattle by ourselves so we talked with David Stump of Springhill Herefords to see if he had some pasture that we could rent and if he would be willing to be the herdsman for our herd. We also bought some additional cattle from other investors that had decided to sell their cattle. So in the fall of 1995 we took our 20 head of Angus to Dave’s to spend the winter.

In the fall of 1996, we began to discuss purchasing land from Dr. Harold and Marge Lawless. Dr. Lawless was Ken’s partner at the Blue Rapids Medical Clinic. He had retired and was moving to Texas. They owned a beautiful ranch just south of Blue Rapids consisting of 500 acres of pasture and 250 acres of crop land. The land was adjoining land that was owned by Dave Stump. So once again we went to Dave to discuss the situation and see if he would be willing to farm the land and continue helping us with the cattle on the ranch. He agreed to do so, but we both knew that with the land that Dave was already farming he would need help to do so. So Dave began discussions with Grant and Linda McKay to see if they would be willing to move to Blue Rapids and help with the farming and cattle.

On March 1, 1997, we purchased the land from the Lawless’ and Alcove Ranch, LC was established. The ranch is located close to Alcove Spring and we have an alcove at the bottom of “Capitol Bluff” so when picking a name we used the word Alcove for the ranch name. Capitol Bluff is a hill at our ranch which is said by some to be the highest point in Marshall County. In April 1997 the McKays moved to the house at the top of the hill on Alcove Ranch. McKay’s moved to Nebraska in 2005 and we will always be thankful for the help and guidance we received from them while they were with us. We were lucky enough to get Dan and Kim Schmidt to join us in the beginning of 2006. Kim is one of Dave and Delores Stump’s daughters. So not only were we thrilled with them joining us, Mom and Dad were pretty happy also.

In 2005 we purchased an additional 160 acres of pasture land from the Enos Honeycutt estate. The land was just south across the road from our pasture so it would be very convenient for us to rotate cattle through the pasture.

In July 2008 we began building a home on the ranch. March 2009 is when we moved in. We love living on the ranch and being closer to the cattle.

Alcove Cattle Co. is one of two consignors for the annual On Target Bull Sale. The other consignor is Springhill Herefords. Heifers are sold in the spring and fall by private treaty.

Our goal is to produce bulls with moderate birth weights, accelerated growth traits and acceptable carcass traits. An aggressive AI program is used to capture new and popular bulls that meet our needs. We have also instituted an embryo program with the help of Cross Country Genetics. We strive to maintain a cow herd with fleshing ability, problem free udders and fertility. Emphasis is also put on cattle with good dispositions. We spend time with our cattle and feed them range cubes to get them used to people walking around them and to maintain good dispositions.

Angus cattle and Alcove Ranch have become a big part of our lives. The investment opportunity has turned into a business that has provided us with memorable moments and quality family time. We love visitors, so stop by.