My passion for cattle started at an early age while growing up on the family farm (Thieman Land & Cattle Company) located outside of Lamar Missouri. The family farm was a cow-calf operation that maintained 150-175 adult beef cows on an annual basis. My parents still live there today while my dad continues to oversee the day to day operations, along with his brothers.
I was blessed to have spent my childhood on the farm learning the ropes from my dad (Jerry) and in turn, teaching him forgiveness....
The animals and pedigrees within our herd are probably best described as the longhorn melting pot of the Midwest. We continually seek to raise animals that we consider to be the complete package with desirable characteristics (conformation, color, docility, efficiency, horn set) that maintain and pass on the legacy of the Texas Longhorn. Overall herd health is maintained by utilizing quality forages, year-around choice minerals and annual blood tests on adult animals. In doing this, our customers can rest assured knowing how their beef was raised and where it came from.
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The idea for the name of Hat Creek Cattle Company stemmed from Larry McMurtry’s novel Lonesome Dove. My first piece of property that was purchased had an unnamed creek meandering through it and since it had no name myself and a few others jokingly started calling it Hat Creek. Eventually, there were signs posted where the Creek crosses the highway that said Hat Creek. With longhorn cattle grazing alongside Hat Creek, it was only appropriate to design a brand that reflected the name, and have it registered as such.