The Mertz Family and River Creek Farms hosted the Select Sires National Beef Tour in September. Joe Mertz addresses the crowd while son Abram, grandaughter and wife Kim look on.
Since 1890 when Sherman and Mary Mertz settled in the area and established what would become River Creek Farms, the name has been closely associated with animal husbandry. What began as a modest herd of purebred Angus and Hereford cattle in the late eighteen hundreds has evolved over the decades into one of the premier Simmental and SimAngus herds in the country. Their guiding principles throughout have remained the same: calving ease and disposition, a sincere focus on end-product value and harnessing the benefits of hybrid vigor. These cornerstones remain in place to this day and characterize every bull they sell, even if much has changed over the past 125 years.
While selling seedstock half-blood bulls since the mid 1970’s, River Creek Farms also breeds purebred Simmentals for sale annually. For five generations, we’ve managed our cowherd like a business, not a hobby. We’ve always placed our focus on breeding profitable genetics that can survive and thrive on our native grasses.
We cull relentlessly. Our customers should expect the highest quality calves to come from our premium selection of herd sires and cows. If bull and heifer calves don’t meet our strict standards, they become feeders in our feedlot.
Bulls are built to maximize profitability and reduce problems. Cows are expected to calve unassisted, re-breed on grass without grain and wean a calf.
Progeny of these sires are included in this years sale offering
14AN426 COLEMAN CHARLO 0256
7AN389 G A R SURE FIRE
GIBBS 7382E BROAD RANGE
CCR WIDE RANGE 9005A
CCR PAYWEIGHT 0327C