The Full Story
Eldon and Betty Jenkins were the third generation to run the ranch and the first to live on the premises. They moved there in 1947, the same year they were married. They started their family in a home that was built with logs that were cut in the back woods of the ranch. The home is still here on the ranch and is occupied by Eldon and Betty’s granddaughter and her family.
Eldon's son Darrel took over the operations on the ranch after Eldon's death while he and his wife Betty (we know) maintained several businesses in nearby Dale, In. Windell's Cafe and Jenks Pizza were staples in the community for years. While Windell's has closed, you can still enjoy a pizza from Jenk's on your next visit to the ranch. Darrel and Betty's commitment to the community has stretched from building ball fields, to supporting local charities and church organizations as well as serving on local boards such as the Chambers, JC's and emergency medical teams. The family has always been community minded and driven by anything that will improve the community for the youth.
The ranch is now home to fifth generation owners Daniel and Kyla Jenkins, and Josh and Heather Jenkins along with their families, the sixth generation that is already highly involved. Although the ranch has been home to many different types of animals over the past century, our main focus now is producing quality American Black Hereford and Hereford cattle. We are dedicated to the breeding standard set by the American Black Hereford Association, the American Hereford Association and the American Beef Industry. American Herefords are known for their fertility, docility, carcass quality and overall hyper vigor, with the most important of these qualities being fertility. A cow’s ability to wean a calf every year is vital to a rancher’s bottom line. The American Black Hereford breed preserves these qualities while guaranteeing the black hide.