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The Rubes family farm has been around for 67 years. My Grandparents Ed and Pearl Rubes bought the farm May 9, 1949, raising Hereford cattle, wheat, chickens and hay. My father then took over the farm around 1978, and continued the family legacy. During his time with the farm he raised Red Limousin and eventually ended up with Angus cattle.

We lost our father in 2012, and I wanted to try something different. His Angus cattle were getting old and needed to be sold. After some soul searching I made a decision to go back with the Hereford cattle. I love the history of the family farm and wanted to go back to the way my grandfather did it.

I contacted a college friend of mine from Oklahoma State University, “Robbie Schacher” – knowing that he was a Hereford guy, I asked to him to find me a small herd to play with. We purchased a very small registered herd of heifers from Coyote Ridge Ranch.

Then literally out of the blue, we wound up with a show calf from the Hoffman Ranch. My wife and I have a daughter that we threw into the ring to watch her love for the Hereford cattle grow. Our next purchase was from good ole Dimitri Mataragas, from Iron Lake Ranch, where we took our two show heifers to our first junior national livestock show in Kansas City and had some very good success for being first-timers.

As the months and years kept going we have added several more donor cows to our herd. Robo and Iron Lake have been very instrumental to the growth of our operation now. We are up to about 70 head of Hereford cattle and keep growing. I sold a bull at the 2015 Herefords In Native America sale as the highest selling bull, for $7500 out of 44 lots. We have also recently built a 80 × 100 ft show barn to continue on with the progress of breeding genetics, donor cattle, embryos and raising show heifers and bulls.

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