BY HAVING COOPERATORS WHO SHARE OUR FUNDAMENTAL VALUES AND CATTLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER A BROADER VARIETY OF GENETICS AND QUALITY. We select OUR COOPERATOR herds to ASSIST us BY increasING the number of bulls SELECTED AND offered THROUGH OUR PROGRAM. THIS ALLOWS US TO maintain THE strong quality we REQUIRE in our breeding program. OUR COOPERATOR herds are similar in The strength of their genetics, The strictness of their herd health program, and The integrity of the data reported. These bulls come with the same breeding and customer service GUARANTEE. The bulls arrive in LA VETA, CO after weaning to be grown and developed with our bulls under the same CONDITIONS AND management program. One of the blessings that has developed from this aspect of our business is the relationships we have developed with these fine people.
GALE & JAKE TEMPEL - RED ANGUS
MEET THE folks who are an integral part of 3 BRIDGES LAND & CATTLE
Tempel of Colorado Red Angus is owned and operated by Gale and son Jake. Son, Dr. Adam, DVM, also has cattle in the operation. They are the third and fourth generation owners. The “Tempel of Colorado” ranch name comes from a successful, nationally recognized registered flock of Southdown and Hampshire sheep that the Tempels’ operated from the 1960’s to 2000, along with the cattle.
The first cattle of the family were purchased in 1912 for the 1908 homestead on Ne Grande reservoir in Kiowa County by Gale’s maternal grandfather, Roscoe W. Goff.
Most of the females in the herd can be traced back many generations as the have always retained their own heifer calves for replacements. Considerable emphasis and resources have been expended on using the best bulls available with a focus on light birth weight. Bulls recently used come from: Kit Pharo of CO, Frank Wedel of KS, Joe Mushrush of KS, and Mark Pieper of NE.
The headquarters are located in Wiley, CO and the cattle run on shortgrass prairie pasture in Bent, Prowers, and Kiowa Counties near the Great Plains Reservoirs.