Meet the Nolting Family

owners of triple r.c.

About the Ranch

We are a cow/calf operation. When my grandma and grandpa were running the operation, we had about 60 head of cattle. Today we raise about 1,400 head, own 600 acres, and rent an additional 2500 acres. We used to do a little backgrounding and sell calves at 700 or 800 pounds, but now we keep our own calves and finish feeding them out.  After all these years, we’re getting around to doing it all ourselves so we don’t need a middle-man anymore. We can take them straight to the packer.

It’s kind of exciting because I’m retired, I worked for a company for thirty years, did my part, and got to retire. Then I got the dream of my life. My dream was always to raise cattle, so when the opportunity came, that’s what we did and we're really excited about it.

Why Show Me Beef?

It’s really amazing because the meat that we're selling is coming back for sale right here where we live. That doesn’t always happen. It’s great to know that my kids participated in that, and now they’re selling meat in their hometown.

a newfound purpose

One of the things we're proud of on our farm is repurposing our two pig barns for our cattle herd. We have two barns that were previously owned by Tyson Foods when I was a kid. As the years went on, parts of barns started to deteriorate, and the cost and resources to fix them were unaffordable. At the time, we were looking to exit the pig business so we decided to sell the pig herd and outfit the barns for cattle which cost much less.

The barns have room for about 160-180 head of cattle. The floors are concrete, so to keep the cattle comfortable, we apply a thick layer of sawdust bedding for them to walk and lay on. The sawdust is sourced four miles from the farm. When the bedding becomes too soiled, it is cleaned out and spread across fields as fertilizer, and new bedding is laid out. The barns were constructed three feet into the ground so they stay cooler for the cattle in the summer and are more protected from the elements.  As an extra measure, there are water pipelines installed in the barn rafters to “mist” the cattle and keep them cool in hot weather. We’re also looking into repurposing the grain bins next to the barns to provide “automatic feed” where feed can be dispensed as cows eat it.

Nolting FFF

Terms you may not know:

Cow/Calf Operation - Cows are bred and calves are born and raised every year on cow-calf farms and ranches, spending time grazing on grass pastures within sight of their mothers.
Backgrounding - Backgrounding is a beef production system that involves maximal use of pasture and forages from the time calves are weaned until they are placed in a feedlot.
Feedyard - Cattle spend their final 4-6 months at a feedyard being fed a scientifically-balanced diet and receiving daily care.