2020 South Dakota’s 2020 Leopold Conservation Award
Leave it better than you found it” is more than a familiar motto. It describes the land ethic that drives this South Dakota cattle ranching family. Brothers Ed and Rich Blair, and their sons Chad and Britton are the namesakes of Blair Brothers Angus Ranch. The cow-calf, stocker and feed lot business spans 40,000 acres of deeded and leased rangeland near the Black Hills of western South Dakota. Embracing conservation practices that enhance soil, water, livestock and wildlife has allowed the ranch to evolve and grow with each generation since Enos Blair established it more than a century ago.
For generations, Blair Brothers has been focused on improving our cattle’s genetics for improved sustainability. We love the beef business and are grateful to follow our passion every day. But we know we aren’t the only ranchers doing this. See the recently completed video from HyPlains Heritage Farms about our ranch and others striving for the same high standards in beef production.
The South Dakota Beef Industry Council highlighted Blair Brothers Angus Ranch as being a great representation of the efforts cattle producers make towards excellent animal welfare practices, but also growing safe, wholesome beef for consumers.
Blair Brothers Angus Ranch is recognized as being part of the next generation of American ranching at Select Sires. It purchases its semen used in AI through Select Sires to make the operation more profitable through reproductive efficiency and establishing its genetic base to reach maximum potential. In this video, Select Sire customers discuss the advantages of using AI and estrus synchronization to maximize profits.
Blair Brothers Angus Ranch is the largest single Select Sires customer purchasing semen on Gardiner Angus Ranch sires. The Blair Brothers herd is a total AI operation with four to five generations deep in proven AI sires. In this video, Rich Blair and Mark Gardiner, with Gardner Angus Ranch, talk about the Blair’s program and its value to the beef industry.