Welcome to Lazy J Bar Ranch
Red Angus Cattle
New Years Eve Extravaganza!
Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017
Dakota Event Center – Aberdeen, SD – 3PM CDT
How it all began……
The Lazy J Bar brand was first registered to John’s grandfather Gideon, who then passed it to his father Allan Jung SR. Since 2009 we have had the privilege to keep the brand alive.
John grew up on a cattle and grain operation southwest of Roscoe, SD. John and his father turned a commercial cow operation into a registered Simmental herd in 1970 hosting a production sale each year, until they made the decision to breed all the Simmental cows to Red Angus bulls. In 1993 John decided to get into the registered Red Angus seed stock business known as JD Red Angus.
Stephanie was raised on a cattle, sheep and grain operation west of Bradley, SD. Stephanie’s love for the Red Angus breed was formed when her dad bought her a red cow from the local livestock sale barn. At a young age she was able to purchase her first registered cows from Ed Artz at Artz Red Angus and marketed cattle as Luvaas Red Angus. She offered her cattle for sale thru select winter shows and private treaty sales.
In 2009 John and Stephanie got married and decided that it was best to combine the cattle operations into Lazy J Bar Ranch and carry on the long standing tradition of raising quality cattle backed by years of previous generation’s hard work, ethics and commitment to the beef industry.
What we offer…….
While our main focus of the cattle operation is on our registered Red Angus herd, we still raise a few Angus, Simmental and club calves. We host an annual production sale each New Year’s Eve (December 31) at a hotel in Aberdeen, SD, where we offer Red Angus, Simmental and Sim-Angus open heifers and bulls. We also market Red Angus bred heifers from a consignor. The day starts with viewing cattle at the ranch, the video style auction begins at 3pm at the hotel and we end the evening with a meal and dance in a family friendly atmosphere. Our club calves are marketed in the fall through online sales and private treaty.
We expect our registered cows to perform in a ranch setting where they have to graze all summer and fall until the snow gets too deep. Then they’re supplemented with a chopped hay/corn silage ration until the next spring. In South Dakota we see temperatures in the mid 100’s during the summer and down to -40 actual temps during the winter. We try to produce cattle that our customers demand, which means the cattle are a frame score 5.5 to 6, easy fleshing, sound feet, legs and udders and pack plenty of performance and depth of rib and maternal abilities. We expect this out of all the cows no matter what breed they are. We absolutely demand that ALL our cattle have good, easy- going dispositions. Our younger children are actively involved in the daily operation of the ranch so it is of utmost importance to try and keep them safe. However, John has mentioned several times when we run calves thru the chute that a little bit of excitability would be a good thing.
We don’t chase extremes, whether that is birth weight, epd’s or strictly chasing carcass. We have found that by taking all of the information provided including phenotype, genetics, DNA, pedigree and actual performance data we are better able to serve our customers. As you look thru the sale offerings from time to time you may notice some extremely high birth weights.
As you will soon find out we are upfront honest people and we don’t try and hide anything in our cattle or catalog. Part of the higher birth weights are dependent on how severe our winter is. We don’t put too much emphasis on birth weight when selecting cattle for our herd. We expect our bred heifers to deliver an 80 to 85 pound calf unassisted.
We have found first and foremost in our extreme winters an 85 to 95 pound calf is more ideal to keep alive at birth in cold weather. So many people correlate birth weight to problems with calving. In the past 8 yrs we have assisted in less than 1% of calving’s and most of those are multiple birth situations. Our calves are tattooed, tagged, weighed and vaccinated at birth. Tthen, after getting dried off they are kicked out into the cold winter with wind protection and expected to perform. We pasture wean the calves each year in a low stress situation with nose weaner rings. After about a week, they are sorted into the adjoining pastures until October when they come home to be put on a TMR of hay, silage and corn in preparation for our production sale. We use a strict herd health program with our cows and would be happy to visit with you about it.
We also run a herd of around 150 head of Boer Goat does. Steph grew up raising sheep and dairy goats and had been exposed to the Boer goat industry in 2003 and had pondered the thought of starting a goat operation ever since. Finally in 2011 Steph decided to get “a few” bred commercial does but little did John know that was 45 head! We quickly added ABGA registered goats to our herd and currently ¾ of the herd is registered in the ABGA while the remaining herd consists of wether-making genetics for the show ring. Steph has collected genetics across the United States to improve her herd and especially likes breeding registered Boer goats that are red, paints or dapples, instead of just the traditional white body and a red head. Our does are run much like our cattle. They’re expected to graze as much of the year as possible with limited supplementation. We kid most of our does during the cold winter months of January and February and also kid a few does in May each year. We host our own annual goat production sale the 4th Saturday of April (unless it falls on Easter) each year where we market the current year’s doe and wether kids to be used for showing or breeding purposes. This production sale is quite easily the largest offering of registered ABGA genetics by one producer in the state of South Dakota. We also market a few goats on our New Year’s Eve cattle sale just to add a little something for everyone. At times bred does and bucks are offered by private treaty. Our doe herd is on a very strict herd health program and Steph is more than willing to visit with you about what works with the goats in our operation.
Who we are…
John and Steph have a blended family of four children. In addition to taking care of the cattle and goat operation John and Steph keep quite busy. John is a feed consultant for Livestock Specialists Inc. (Purina) in Aberdeen, SD, which means he is always on the phone. If you can’t reach him just leave a voicemail and he will get back to you! We also do custom Artificial Insemination (AI) work at various times of the year. We both keep busy as 4-H Leaders/volunteers and Steph has been a officer of the SD Red Angus Association since 2001 and is active in the RAAA as a committee member. We also volunteer for other organizations and church functions in between keeping up with a grade school and high school student and all of their school and extra- curricular activities.
Our oldest son Alex lives nearby and runs his own operation known as Jung Cattle Company. He raises Simmental, Red Angus, commercial and club calf producing cows. He is pretty excited to have raised the club calf bull that sold to Matt Lautner called “Beasty Boy”. He is anxiously awaiting to see his first offspring hit the ground in the spring of 2018. In addition to cattle, Alex also sells pharmaceutical products for Sioux Nation out of Aberdeen, SD. He is a semen rep for ST Genetics and in his spare time clips show and sale cattle for various people. He markets his genetics thru online sales, private treaty , and consigns a few to our annual sale.
Our daughter Brooke works at a home medical supply service in a nearby town and keeps busy with various activities and helping at her boyfriend’s farm during the nights and weekends.
Kale is still in high school and keeps busy with showing cattle, 4-H and junior livestock association programs, FFA, football and church group, as well as helping out at the ranch when he is not gone to practice or school.
Jacob is in elementary school and keeps busy with 4-H and junior livestock association programs, showing cattle, baseball, basketball and church youth group. He is the ranch manager and probably knows better than anyone what is going on around here on a daily basis. He is very active in all aspects of raising livestock and has more livestock knowledge than most kids his age. Our school does not provide an ag program however Jacob’s class is highly educated in the agriculture industry!
Although this is lengthy we appreciate you reading about us. We would love to have you visit us any time you are in the area. Our favorite part of being involved in the livestock industry is the people we meet along the way and the friendships we have formed. God has been great to provide us with all these opportunities and to be stewards of the land. Stop on in the coffee pot is usually on!
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