Josh Sundsbak and his household farm and ranch in Des Lacs, N.D. Their operation is targeted round their registered Angus cattle herd, along with operating diversified cropland.
Darrell Sundsbak, Josh’s grandfather, began Sundsbak 7/S ranch in 1971 with 20 Angus heifers. Darrell began exhibiting cattle via 4-H, which is the place he acquired his begin within the cattle business. The Sundsbak household nonetheless stay closely concerned with 4-H and FFA, exhibiting cattle and judging livestock. The generations to comply with improved the angus breed inside their genetics and breeding program.
Sundsbak served as a board member for the North Dakota Angus Affiliation, and at present serves as a beef present superintendent on the North Dakota State Honest.
His household contains spouse Josie, sons Peyton and Xander, and daughter Madison. He farms alongside his father as a accomplice within the operation. All of his youngsters are concerned within the Angus business, exhibiting across the nation. “We have around 12 cattle we select to show each year at the big shows,” Sundsbak says.
Peyton is a junior at South Dakota State College; Madison works for Farm Credit score in Indiana; and Xander is a junior at Des Lacs Burlington Excessive Faculty. The household nonetheless travels to the North Dakota State Honest, South Dakota State Honest, the Nationwide Angus Affiliation present, and the Nationwide Western Inventory Present.
By means of all of their travels, Sundsbak says the worst journeys normally occur when automobiles and trailers have mechanical points. On the upside, he says seeing his youngsters do nicely within the ring with the cattle they increase is a spotlight of their operation.
Sundsbak shares a few of his favourite cattle they’ve raised through the years. “Splash was a good one. We were proud of him and were happy to see him go off to another Angus operation.”
One other stand-out animal of their herd was Excessive Caliber, who received reserve calf champion on the Nationwide Western Inventory Present. Excessive Caliber additionally was the champion bull on the Canadian Western Agribition, and reserve champion bull on the Louisville, Ky., inventory present. Excessive Caliber was offered into Brazil to a bunch of Angus producers.
The operation can be a frequent cease for the North Dakota Stockmen’s Affiliation all-breeds tour and producer excursions, as a shining instance for the Angus breed. Sundsbak says, “We don’t mess with what works, and Angus works for us.”
He says the operation has caught with Angus via the years due to the breed’s carcass high quality, calm temperament and genetics. “They’re just good mothers. They always have good calves and are great mothers to them, which makes it easier on us. We’re always looking to use better bulls to make the cattle better both on paper and phenotypically,” Sundsbak says.