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“Know Your Ranchers” – CK Bar Ranch

As we kick of June Steak Month, the South Dakota Beef Blog takes us to Kadoka, South Dakota where we learn more about the CK Bar Ranch. Follow along as Kelly Erickson, owner and operator at the CK Bar Ranch tells us more about their large family operation in this Know Your Rancher blog.


Ranch Name & Family Members Involved?

CK Bar Ranch – Owned and Operated by Kelly Erickson and Amy Stilwell.


Segment of the Beef community?

We raise Registered Seedstock and commercial cow/calf operation


Where is your ranch located?

Kadoka, South Dakota


How long have you ranched?

I have been ranching for the last 38 years.


Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family and about your ranch?

I grew up in a diversified ranching and farming operation in Northwest North Dakota. My family was very involved in the Simmental and Sim-Angus business since the early 80s. My dad got an early start in making Simmental cattle solid colored, polled and black. We had a lot of success showing cattle both regionally and a national level with cattle that we raised and sold, as well as with cattle we showed ourselves. When I starting ranching on my own, I made the decision to raise cattle that had a good look to them, but also concentrated my efforts more into cattle that work in all segments of the beef industry.

In 2016 I made the move to Kadoka, South Dakota and married my wife, Amy. We don’t only run our registered cattle, but also help with Amy’s parent’s commercial cow/calf pair operation. We calve somewhere between 800 to 900 head of cows a year.


What do you want consumers to know about the Beef industry?

I would like the consumers to know that as an industry we strive to provide a nutrient rich product in a humane matter and with best practices in mind where the environment is concerned.


One word to describe your life as a rancher and why?

If I had to describe being a cattle rancher in one word, it would be Enjoyable.


Favorite Beef Dish?

Ribeye Steak Medium Rare





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