Ostrand Angus, operated by Kory and Danielle Ostrand, is proud to be part of the 2018 Nebraska Angus tour. Ostrand Angus Ranch is located south of Ansley in the rolling hills of Custer County. The ranch has been in the Ostrand family since 1884, when Kory’s Great-Great-Grandparents, August and Caroline Ostrand, came from Sweden and registered their homestead near Mason City.
Kory is the 5th generation raising cattle and farming on the Ostrand Ranch. Kory purchased his first registered Angus heifer from Boyles Angus when he was 9 years old. He grew his herd by purchasing additional females from the money he received from his 4-H projects. In 2001, Kory held his first bull sale at Huss Livestock Market in Kearney, while still in high school. He continued to manage and grow his cow herd while attending college. Kory graduated from Southeast Community College in Beatrice in 2005. Following graduation, he moved back to the ranch to continue farming and ranching as the 5th generation. Kory’s registered purebred herd grew in 2012 when Ostrand Angus had the opportunity to purchase the mature cow herd from Slagle Angus.
Kory and Danielle have 4 children. Their son, Brexton, is 6 years old. Twin girls, Avery & Olivia, are 4 years old. The newest ranch hand, Merrik, was born the beginning of April. The children all have a beginning to their own registered Angus herd as each one was given a heifer when they were born. Ostrand Angus believes that ranching and farming is a family heritage. Not only does Kory work on the ranch, but Danielle and the children actively help where they can. Kory is a partner on the ranch with his father, Neil Ostrand, who runs a commercial Angus herd. Kory’s Aunt Kathy Ostrand, Cousin Chris Hogg, brother-in-law Seth Behrens, and Grandfather Keith Hogg also play important roles on the ranch and Ostrand Angus.
Presently, the breeding program includes Kory’s 360 registered Angus cows and 75 registered Angus bred heifers. The cattle graze on 2,350 acres of owned and leased native grass. Other crops that are included in the operation are 450 acres of alfalfa, corn, and soybeans. In addition, they have seeded 70 acres of pivot irrigated land to a grass mix that is used for both haying and grazing.
Ostrand Angus uses an extensive AI breeding program with some embryo transfer (ET) work. Predominant bloodlines in the cowherd are Sitz Upward, SA Upward 1061, Connealy Impession, PA Power Tool, Connealy Counselor, and Payweight 107S. Herd sires currently used in the program are K C F Bennett the Rock, Bush’s Easy Decision, EXAR Resistol, EXAR Stetson, ICC Pay Raise, PA Fortified, OA Cornerstone, Connealy Consensus 0728, 4M Element 607, and SA Arsenal 327. The top cow families active in the herd are Queen Idelette, Queen Jessica, and Miss Blackbird. Ostrand Angus holds their annual production sale in partner with Slagle Angus at the Slagle’s ranch north of Sargent on the third Wednesday in February. Ostrand Angus markets 120-125 yearling Angus bulls and 50 registered open yearling replacement heifers per year through the sale. They also offer private treaty bulls in late spring. The steers mates to the bulls are finished at the Ostrand ranch where they receive individual carcass data to reassure their cattle have excellent carcass merit.
Kory and Danielle have set several goals for the operation, including continuing to raise their family and cattle on the family history of land/agriculture on the ranch, with their children continuing the legacy as the 6th generation of the Ostrand family. They plan to continue to breed and market top cattle in the Angus industry, as well as increase the ET work done in the cattle herd. They also look forward to beginning 4-H with their children, where it all began for Kory.