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IZ Ranch 2012 Cattle Sale Statistics

June 13th, 2014 by Richard Nelson

We wanted to share some of our amazing cattle sale results with you! IZ Ranch is commited to raising quality beef and the proof is in the numbers.

Black Angus Choice Prime

Certified Angus Beef

Feed Conversion

Cost of Gain

IZ Ranch blew the national averages out of the water. 99.5% of our Black Angus steers were Choice/Prime, whereas the national average is only 60%. Our Black Angus heifers were almost as high, at 98% Choice/Prime. We also saw high numbers in the Feed Conversion category where our cattle were in the top 15% of the nation. Our cattle also came in at the top 11% for the Cost of Gain category. A very big thank you to Beef Northwest for providing cattle feeding services and Tyson Foods, Inc. for providing cattle processing services.

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Summer Work Team at IZ Ranch

October 8th, 2013 by Richard Nelson

We thought we’d share what’s been happening lately at IZ Ranch. One of our employees, also Richard’s granddaughter, Kate O’Leary, spent the summer blogging about all of the various projects up here at IZ Ranch. We’ve really enjoyed reading her blog and we thought you would too! Hop on over to read about our Summer Team of ranch hands, as well as a look at the work we’ve started on our new property, Beaver Creek IZ.

You can check it out here: Kate at the Ranch

What’s an Izee?

July 20th, 2012 by Richard Nelson

“If you can tell me what an Izee is, I can tell you its history,” jests Historian Jack Southworth.

IZ Cattle Ranch is located in the town of Izee, Oregon, a small outpost along the South Fork of the John Day River about twenty miles east of Paulina. The lush grassland along the South Fork of the John Day river made this land a popular grazing location for cattle and sheep herders in the late 1800s. A ranching boom began in the 1880s and the unique name Izee was born quite spontaneously when the growing population forced the need for a Post Office in the boom-town. A local homesteader and former cavalry man, Carlos Bonham, named the town after his own cattle brand “IZ” when he applied for a postal code as the town’s first postmaster.

Read more in this account from Historian Jack Southworth of Grant County, Oregon: The History of Izee, Oregon and it’s pioneers.

Ellington Peek of Western Video Market talks about his experience with IZ Ranch Cattle:

IZ Ranch 2012 Cattle Sale

June 19th, 2012 by Richard Nelson

2012 weaned calves are yet to be sold. Watch this site for details on upcoming sale information. You may also sign up for our email newsletter to get updates on future sale info. Read more about IZ Ranch EPD Data here and learn what makes IZ Ranch calves unique.

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22.  As “everyday environmentalists,” ranchers and other members of the beef community have a story to tell regarding our environmental efforts and the strides made in making beef production more efficient and, therefore, better for the environment. The California Beef Council (CBC) distributed a press release state-wide this week highlighting the efforts taken by ranchers to preserve and sustain the environment. Below are interesting facts about how Cattle Ranching is actively stewarding the environment. The press release sent by the CBC and a fact sheet are available on the California Beef Council Web site in the on-line media kit section. The California Beef Council is always eager to discuss their commitment to the environment. Any inquiries from the public or the media are welcome. Please contact Annette Kassis at the California Beef Council,, 916.925.BEEF (2333) ext. 15.

  • Beef is environmentally and nutritionally efficient. The beef we raise today requires less land, water and energy than before and each serving provides more than 10 percent of the daily recommended value of 10 essential nutrients and vitamins including protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins.
  • Nationally, about two-thirds of cattle farms and ranches have been in the same family for two generations or more. As short-term tenants of this land, it’s our job to ensure the future of our natural resources.
  • Cattle ranchers use many different practices to accomplish environmental goals such as nurturing wildlife, preventing erosion and conserving and protecting water.
  • Farmers and ranchers are recyclers, raising their animals on the abundant source of forage and grains available in this country and then turning the manure into natural fertilizers
  • Thanks to smart practices, the environmental footprint of beef has been reduced significantly over the past 30 years, including a 16 percent reduction in its carbon footprint.
  • Today’s cattle ranchers provide more people with nutritious beef using fewer natural resources than in the past.
  • According to research by Dr. Jude Capper, sustainability consultant and Adjunct Professor of Animal Sciences at Washington State University, each pound of beef raised in 2007 compared to 1977 used:
    • 30 percent less land
    • 14 percent less water
    • 20 percent less feed
    • 9 percent less fossil fuel energy
  • These environmental improvements were made possible by improvements in the way cattle are raised and fed in the United States which yielded 13 percent more total beef from 13 percent fewer animals between 1977 and 2007.
  • The average American farmer feeds about 155 people worldwide, compared to 19 just a few decades ago. And experts estimate global food production will need to increase 70 percent by 2050 just to feed a growing world population.

Many experts agree U.S. livestock production practices are an environmentally sustainable solution for raising food and should be considered a model for the rest of the world.