Ranch History

The Thomas Angus Ranch program offers a history lesson in breeding and developing superior Angus cattle backed by integrity, honesty and a focus on their customers’ needs.

Few could have guessed that Bob Thomas’s first cow/calf purchase for $475 and his first herd bull selection for $300 in 1950 could ever have evolved into something as large as the Thomas Angus Ranch cow herd that currently exists. The Thomas Angus Ranch started with Bob purchasing that first cow/calf pair and herd bull from the estate of Kenneth McGregor in Ada, Minnesota, and today the Thomas Angus Ranch cow herd currently numbers in excess of 1,000 producing females. In developing a program of such magnitude, one only needs to study the path that Bob and Gloria Thomas began in the mid '50s.

At a time when Angus enthusiasm, excitement and breed leaders were being bred and developed in the state of New York, Bob and Gloria Thomas moved from their Iowa home ground to join forces with Myron Fuerst in the Empire State. Next, Bob and Gloria would find themselves moving to Long Island, New York, where they worked on the C. V. Whitney Estate. Working with these two legendary Angus scholars proved to be one of the most valuable working experiences that Bob could have ever happened upon. The time spent with these two great programs enabled Bob to develop an eye for quality, a passion for breeding superior performance genetics and the dedication to breed cattle that fit with his customers’ needs.

In the early 1960’s the pioneer cattleman in Bob Thomas became apparent when the decision to move from the east coast to Baker City, Oregon was made. With the support and love of his wife, Gloria, Bob moved into uncharted waters and began establishing a cattleman’s dream. On November 6, 1973, the First Thomas Angus Ranch Sale was held in Baker City, Oregon, and from that day forward the dedication to breed Angus cattle that fit with the needs of commercial cattlemen grew deeper and deeper. The first sale at Thomas Angus Ranch was a record–breaker for all west coast sales and was one of the most successful sales on the entire North American continent. Today, 34 years later, the Thomas Angus Ranch Sale has grown into a two-day event. The third week of October each year, cattleman from throughout the country gather to watch 250 bull calves sell on Wednesday and females sell on Thursday. Due to the expanding numbers, we now host an annual Spring Bull Sale on the first Tuesday of March each year. Combined with the two Bull Sales each fall and spring, we also market a large volume of bulls privately throughout the year.

Thomas Angus Ranch has been awarded several prestigious awards through the years, including Bob and Gloria being inducted into the Angus Heritage Foundation and the ranch being named a past Seedstock Producer of the Year by the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF). Currently, Thomas Angus Ranch ranks among the top 25 largest seedstock producers on the North American continent. All of us at Thomas Angus Ranch continue to strive each and every day to breed sound, functional, Angus cattle that will meet with the needs of our customers.

Here at Thomas Angus Ranch, we continue to carry the torch that Bob and Gloria Thomas set out with when they left the Empire State in the early 1960’s. We are proud of the history and the endurance this program has shown over the past 50 years, and we are dedicated to expanding to even greater heights in the next 50 years.