Richard and Kathy, Brad and Nita, Ben and Natalie invite you stop by and visit us when you are in the area. Drop us an email, a quick phone call or even a text and let us know you are on the way or that you need directions to the ranch and we will have someone available to visit with you. Our operation is located 4 miles off Highway 6, east of St. Anthony, ND. We are located 30 miles southwest of Bismarck, the state capital.
Our present day headquarters was originally homesteaded back in 1898 by Great Grandpa Stephan Tokach. Grandpa Matt Tokach purchased the homestead in 1939. Grandpa Matt can be credited for the beauty of the trees and many of the shelterbelts surrounding ranch. He started planting the trees in 1939. Richard and Brad's father, Dick and his sister, Ruth Ann had the chore of hoeing the trees and were paid one cent a piece for hoeing them.
Dick purchased his first registered Angus heifer from Lyle Dawson, Oak Coulee Ranch in 1955. The majority of our cow herd can be traced back to that original purchase. Dick continued to develop his Angus herd and in 1975, Tokach Angus Ranch hosted their 1st Production Sale at Kist's Livestock Auction in Mandan.
As our family and cowherd has expanded, we realized the benefit of having pastures in different locations to take advantage of the variations of rainfall in North Dakota. We may get an inch of moisture in one location, while the dust may be blowing in another location. Today, our ranch has grown to locations north of Mandan and north of Steele.
We base our genetic program around a highly maternal, functional cow that has the ability to excel in a low input environment. You will not find creep feeders or supplemental pasture feeding. Our high-volume, thick-made, easy-fleshing females will be found grazing pastures or crop residue fields until the snow gets too deep.
Evaluation of seedstock on the basis of individual performance has been the focal point of our operation since day one. Our cow herd has been enrolled in the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR) since its inception in 1963. We are also one of the original participants in the MaternalPlus. This record keeping program traces every cow's reproductive performance every year. We are long time believers in using ultrasound to estimate carcass traits and more recently all the heifers and sale bulls have genetic profiles done using DNA technologies. While we primarily place selection pressure on performance and carcass traits, we also keep in mind the harder to measure traits such as fleshing ease, mothering ability and dispositions. We have been fortunate to get carcass data back on steers the past several years and in 2014 our steers were 85% CAB or Prime with Prime 28.33% and CAB 56.67%. This group of steers that were finished at Beller Feedlot in Lindsay, Nebraska.
After many years of selling seedstock by private treaty and consignment sales, we hosted our first production sale in 1975. This annual event is held on President's Monday in February at Kist's Livestock Auction, Mandan, ND. We sell 170 yearling bulls and 80 bred purebred and commercial heifers. Our sale can be viewed on DV Auctions.
We are extremely proud to be receive the 2015 CAB Seedstock Commitment to Excellence Honor. The story and photos can be found at angus.media.
We were humbly awarded the ND Angus Association 2015 Presidential Award at our State November Annual Meeting.
We are proud of our breeding program, our cattle, and our operation. You can follow us on Facebook to watch our activities throughout the year. We truly enjoy showing our cattle and the ranch to customers and cattlemen who demand the best in genetically superior seedstock. We can be reached at:
Richard: 701-445-7390 (house phone) 701-400-4902 (cell)
To produce volume numbers of low birth weight - high growth seedstock that excel in the economically important traits that are vital to the success of the commercial ranchers of this region.
Your NORTH DAKOTA Source For LOW BIRTH - HIGH GROWTH Cattle