From 4-H Project to historic ranch, Wildcat Creek fast becomes recognized top red angus operation

Ssince the writing of this article,  Wildcat Creek Ranch has since been dispersed.

“Our children are actually the ones responsible for starting our Red Angus herd.”

While that’s not real uncommon, few if any operations have grown as rapidly in size and quality as Wildcat Creek Ranch of Peabody.

Clarifying initial remark, owner Klee Robert Watchous (whose first name is pronounced  “Clay”), at his Newton headquarters office, said, “We got into the Red Angus business, along with horses, hogs, even rabbits, really, because our children wanted to show animals in 4-H.” Continue reading →

Dedicated practice makes 15-year-old calf roper champion in major rodeo circuit, as kickoff to professional future

“I rope every day. I like to rope all day.

“Sometimes I’ll rope and tie 100 calves a day. Other times I may rope five or ten. Then, I go to rodeos and roping jackpots every weekend.”

That sounds like lots of practice and hard work, but it has paid off for rodeo champion Cooper Martin of Alma, who visited Saturday after he’d just finished roping and tying a calf in 9.5 seconds, putting him in the lead at an amateur rodeo at Shelbyville, Missouri. Continue reading →

Creation unmatched by devices

The world got along fine before computers, cell phones, e-mail and “things” so many think are “essential.”

Our business success, too, seems to depend on these modern conveniences, as we truly have hundreds of daily correspondences.

Much of the e-mail is deleted, but we also get considerable valuable information. One that we’ve gotten before struck an even deeper cord this time. Continue reading →

New Website Helps Match High School And Junior College Rodeo Cowboys And Cowgirls With Best Rodeo Universities

“A new website is available for high school and junior college rodeo contestants searching for their next level of education where they can be a rodeo team member,” according to Suzan Adams, Junction City, secretary of the Kansas High Rodeo Association.

Purpose of the site,, is to provide a central location where rodeo athletes can post their profile information to be recruited by senior college rodeo coaches. Continue reading →

friendships remain forever

“Mentors have lifetime influence.”

Fortunately, we’ve had a number, and memories overflow of one who has been most inspirational.

Dr. Dell Allen was honored recently as “Stockman of the Year” at Kansas State University.

It was especially notable during the recognition at Manhattan that Dell made the same impression on all of his students, and many people around the world. Continue reading →