C&L Hereford Ranch History
C&L Hereford Ranch was developed by Charles and Lorna Folkman with the desire to diversify their recreational hunting property at Blair, Wisconsin. What started with the initial 325 acres,was soon expanded to 1250 acres. Polled Herefords were selected because of their adaptibility, disposition and breed strength in the upper midwest. Cattle were managed along with the ABJ herd, which was located nearby. Early acquisitions included the Champion females from the Wisconsin and Rochester shows and the Wisconsin sale Champion bull, SOP Rollor Ruff. Groups of cows were purchased from Willard Allen's Allen A Herefords; Calderon Curren, Grasslake, Michigan; and Spring Creek Farms, Pierpont, Ohio, where 2 sons of the first superior sire, Kiyiwana New Trend, were added. A double bred Broadview Anxiety 2T son was added shortly thereafter. It was this core of breedng stock that was the backbone of the herd. In the early '80's, the Justa Banner boom hit. We decided that a herd bull was needed to continue to distill the herd and to develop functionally complete Polled Hereford cattle that both the commercial and purebred producer would find acceptable. It was at the Larry Hanson herd in Columbia, South Dakota, where we found three 15G sons, 147K, 151K, & 156K. We settled on 156K, who was out of a Louada Tango bred cow. 156K moderated frame scores and gave us a uniform set of productive cows, while his sons were highly marketable. In 1986, due to his desire to enjoy retirement, Charles sold the herd to Steve. Over the following 4 years, the herd was reduced, distilled and eventually moved in 1994 to our home location of Ixonia. GK Fantasy 700A was purchased and shown, and turned out to be an excellent daughter of GK Turning Point. This young cow broadened our sights and allowed us to realize how well the Polled / Horned Hereford genetic cross worked. CRR Y166 Absolut 244 was purchased and a year later became Denver Champion Bull. NJW Z17 Vaquero 25C was added to give us outcross genetics. It was through his use that we discovered his ability to cross well with horned genetics while keeping his offspring "Polled". KJ C&L 711R Violet 640E was such the case. This 25C daughter out of 711R - one of the best King Ten / Explosion daughters ever, was our Reserve Denver champion. WBF Lady Dom F243 6T surfaced as a powerful performer. This F243 daughter has been admired by visitors to the ranch. C&L Doubletime 452M 9B, her Butler bred son, has quietly come to the forefront as a calving ease, female producing "Power House". Over the years, we have not lost sight of the efficiency traits. We've had the top indexing Hereford bulls 3 times and the top sire group at the WBIA performance bull test. The last one was a Bar JZ Tradition 434V son out of GK Electra A6, a former Genetic Focus Champion. Electra also gave us Neon 101G, who was the last and only mother / daughter tandem Genetic Focus National Champion. In 2000, we were fortunate to have 3 Denver National class winners. These females will be added to our "Donor Dam Battery". While our focus hasn't changed, we will continue to use genetics that are proven and will continue to be accepted through the long haul. It is our desire to incorporate embryo transfer, to be able to offer some of these genetics of our proven donors to our customers.