At Burch Livestock, we are blessed to have both cattlemen and women involved in our operation.
We have a handful of partners that we run cows for and the majority of them happen to be women!
There is something about a girl and her cows...
It was a hectic and busy childhood. My siblings, cousins and I showed a lot of show steers. We were very competitive. I grew up with an energetic passion to get outside as soon as possible each and everyday. We rode a lot in the mountains pushing cattle, checking and doctoring cattle. I did not care if I was sick, I was going to ride and be with those cows. I drove my parents crazy with my insane drive to be outside with the show steers, raking hay, riding, playing with the siblings or whatever I could help with. I loved all of it. At 62, I still love agriculture. It is the backbone of this nation.
In 1983, Kelly, my husband and I, purchased a farm near Casper, Wyoming. With an “intense” labor of love (love of labor), we are still here today. I can honestly say we are enjoying the fruits of our labor. We, mainly Kelly, Brock and Kolby,(our 2 sons), have built a strong- genetic herd. We have 3 on line sales a year.
We partner with Brock and Kylie Burch on cattle, BUT we also partner with Rena Fuller and Kera Bullard (and families on cows). We have had to work out some “kinks” but it has been truly amazing working with these women who adore and love owning “cows”. These women know a lot about the “club calf” industry and contribute a sincere amount of work and knowledge. We could not do this without our partners. We would not be where we are today without these women, their families and their sincere work ethic and wisdom.
We also have cattle with Stormie Russell, Mason sisters and Burt Andreen. We are amazed with the fact, that as we grow older, we are truly passing on a legacy to our future generations. It is truly “fun” to watch our grandkids, Kera and Jason’a 2 and Rena and Kurt’s son progress with “cows”.
I married Brock knowing and appreciating his burning passion for the cattle industry. His love and determination for raising great cattle has inspired me to become an active partner in our cattle operation. Our family's most memorable moments are made with our cattle! I am blessed to be part of this family, this lifestyle, and want nothing more than to share my love with our three children so they to can pass on a love for agriculture which their ancestors have worked so fervently to preserve.
I attended Casper College from 2002 – 2004. I had never been away from home before. I soon realized that if I went to the B urch Farm when I was not on the judging van and helped work livestock, clean barns, lamb and calve, then the homesickness was not as bad. I loved spending time on the farm with the cattle. I still do. When Gena was battling cancer, I helped as much as I could. Gena made a full recovery, and she and Kelly gave me one-half interest in a heifer calf. I was hooked. While I was in Casper, my nieces and nephews reached show age; they have all been very successful with Burch-bred livestock. I always knew I wanted to own cattle and build my operation around Burch genetics.I completed my Associates Degree in General Agriculture from Casper College. I went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Education with a minor in Animal Science from Utah State University. I now live in Kettle Falls, Washington with my husband, Kurt, and our one-year old son, Hesston.