Highview Ranch, Enterprise, Oregon. Established in 1960 by Dave & Shirley Parker and Pete & Ingrid Peters. Blending cattle & land with the passion for entrepreneurial opportunity & the freedoms they represented.
1960’s Starting with Herefords then cross breeding with Angus. Flood Irrigation grew hay put up with a sickle bar, small baler, & stacked by hand until a Buck rake & Farmhand loader made “loose” stacks. Started A.I. breeding. New working facility with a round tub & curved alley. More cross fences & calves retained thru feedlot. Dave local Wallowa County Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer award-1968. Joined OCA- 1961 & Cattle Fax-1968.
1970’s Progeny Test & Special Mating herd for ABS. More than a dozen breeds evaluated. Registered Limousin- 1971 later expanding to 250 cows & one of the largest & most respected herds in the West. Land added with one of the oldest gravity flow sprinkler systems in area. Haying with a pull swather & Hesston Stak Hand. Some of the first Hi-Tensile New Zealand style fence in area.
1980’s. Times were tough. Interest near 20% & beef demand falling. Dave embraced MIG (Management Intensive Grazing) & with portable poly wire produced more cattle & hay on less ground. Dave, local County Cattleman of the Year-1983 & President 1984-1986.
1990’s Hundreds sold annually in successful & profitable branded beef program that abruptly stopped when management at partner grocery changed. Haying with Round Baler & mesh wrap. Son Jeff returned- 1997 with developing herd of Angus. New cattle handling facility & hydraulic chute allowed more synchronized A.I. & ET. Shirley local County Cattlewoman of the Year-1997.
2000’s Jeff now operating ranch & expanding the Registered Angus cow herd with 100% A.I. & ET. A new sprinkler irrigation system installed. Highview Ranch local County Grassman of the Year-2001. Jeff OCA District VP 2001-2003. Dave & Shirley local County Honorary Member award-2008. Jeff Local County President 2008–2010.
2010’s The full conversion to Angus is now complete & breeding 325 Registered Angus Females in 2013. All are many generations deep in nationally known & proven A.I. sires. For more than a half a century our tireless pursuit to be innovative combined with our entrepreneurial spirit has allowed our family to look back on dreams of content & look forward with a vision of hope. Family Owned & Operated since 1960 & proud OCA members for the last 52 years.