A portion of Shipwheel Cattle Co. is located on Clear Creek 13 miles south of Chinook, in North Central Montana. This property is part of what Lori's father Ed Williamson had purchased in the1940's. Klint & Lori married in 1998 and moved to Clear Creek in 2000 when Ed decided to Retire.
Although "Shipwheel Cattle Co." is a fairly new name, our cattle are not. Klint received his first 3 registered cows in 1984. They were "picks of the herd" from Klint's parents, Daryle and Pam Swanson. Daryle and Pam founded Apex Angus in the 60's and had three sons, Kirby, Kurt and Klint. Klint has spent his lifetime building this cowherd.
Our cowherd slowly grew from those original three cows, to the herd it is today. We have been selling bulls in the Apex Angus production sales, until June of 2008 when we formed Shipwheel Cattle Company. This is when we made the tough decision to no longer offer our bulls for sale at Apex Angus. The distance between Valier and Chinook and having the bull sale in the heat of our calving, were the two big factors substantiating our decision. We also find ourselves busier each year chasing kids and cows.
In 2006, Dr. Gale Jellum DVM, of West Fork Angus in Chinook, approached us with running his registered cows on shares. Gale had been selling his bulls by private treaty for several years and had been doing very well. In 2009, Gale decided to sell his cows to us. After running his cows for three years and knowing their quality, we were honored to have the opportunity to own them. Gale has been a wonderful mentor and friend and we thank him for everything he has done for us.
In January of 2011, with the help of our parents, we had the opportunity to purchase the Miller Ranch and cowherd at Lloyd, MT. Lloyd is 30 miles south of Chinook in the beautiful Bears Paw Mountains. This more than tripled our acres and doubled our cowherd. Max Miller had been a long time multiplier for the Jorgensen's in South Dakota. Craig Benzing joined us in January and plays a big part of caring for and managing the Miller cows. Craig lives on the new ranch and we are glad to have him a part of Shipwheel Cattle Co.
At Shipwheel Cattle Company, we believe in supporting those organizations that support us.
For that reason, we are members of the following:
Montana Angus Association
North Central Montana Stockgrowers Assocation
North Central Montana Angus Association
Montana Stockgrowers Association
North Central Montana CattleWomen
American National CattleWomen
Chinook Area Chamber of Commerce