Meet the Family
We are family-owned and operated starting with Rick and Halane VanDyken. Rick lends a hand wherever needed while keeping the books straight and pivots going. Halane is the secretary of the South Montana Angus Association. Around here she keeps the yards mowed, runs lunches out to the field, and is always happy to watch a grandkid. Andy (the youngest son), his wife Kindle and son Jackson are the herdsmen. They enjoy working as a team and tackling many daunting tasks with a smile. Jackson has an unprecedented love for the ranching lifestyle. His favorite chore is feeding all the animals. Kyle (the oldest son), with his interest in farming, is the one to move the pipe and keep the crops growing.
Welcome to Thousand Hills Angus!
We are a fourth-generation family operation raising registered Angus cattle since 1981. Located 960 acres in beautiful Toston, Montana.
Our registered Angus operation started in 1981. Back then we operated under the name Riverfront Angus out of Bozeman, Montana. Rick VanDyken bought heifers at the Van Dyke Angus Ranch and Hyline Angus Ranch. With this fresh start in the registered business, we hit it hard using great sires that would leave an impression on the cow herd. Bulls like P.S. Power Play, Rito 2100 GDAR, and AAR New Trend 315. GDAR Traveler 71, Hyline Right Time 338, RA Genetic Trend, AAR Really Windy and Hero 2418 followed suit.
In May of 2006, we pulled up our roots and moved to our current home in Toston, Montana. That’s when we started using a few new bulls; WoodHill Foresight, T.C. Franklin, Cole Creek Black Cedar, and DFA Hero 6017.
We currently operate on approximately 1300 acres of mountain pasture. We run 150 registered cattle with 20 commercials. We hay approximately 1100 acres and sell 3000 tons of hay a year. We also grow and sell corn silage and wheat.
We are excited for you to see this year’s calf crop, boasting sires such as TH Black Cash 1013, HA Prime Cut 4493, and S Chisum 255. As always, these calves will be raised on Montana mountain grass and mama’s milk with no creep. Our focus has always been and will always be to supply commercial cattlemen with functional bulls that have a sound foot, good disposition, and the ability to make a true impression in the replacement heifer pen.