Treftz Limousin got its start with the purchase of their first of many Limousin bulls in 1983. While most can proudly claim many generations behind their ranch, the Treftz's humbly refer to themselves as a first generation outfit that started with one hereford heifer calf and a few hogs as its startup along with a supplemental 27 year off-the-farm career to make ends meet.
Slowly, yet determinedly, a breeding-up program began using purebred and fullblood registered bulls. Seeing the first set of fancy half blood calves with those thick hindquarters, Glenn knew there was no turning back and his sincere passion for the carcass breed and Treftz Limousin began.
Early on, heavy selection pressure was on muscle, a trait Treftz cattle are still known for today and a reason they are highly sought after. Over 30 years later, the herd of 150 mostly purebred registered spring and fall calving females are all home-raised descendants from that origina l group of crossbred cows and proudly carry the TZ brand on their right hip. Strong cow families emphasizing bred-in performance, fleshing ability, fertility, disposition, and milk comprise the herd today.
The registered cows are run like a commercial herd with the commercial cow man in mind. Easy fleshing Treftz cows with volume and muscle thrive in the upper plains of the Midwest whether the temperatures are 100 above or 30 below zero. Grass hay, alfalfa, and a complete mineral program make up their diet in the winter. A tight 60 day breeding season following a short synchronized AI program keeps the cow herd “real”.
Glenn actively served many years on the South Dakota Limousin Association with his last term as president, and currently serves as the director representing South Dakota on the Heartland Limousin Association. The rest of the crew consists of Lori, a registered nurse at HCR Manor Care; Dustin, a plant operator at Glacial Lake Energy; Courtney, a Family Services Specialist with the State of SD, and Reece, a sophomore at Ipswich High School; and Blue “the heeler”.
You won't find our cattle at shows but we will gladly show them to you in their natural “ring”, the pasture. We are confident you will like what you see.
Our annual “Where Muscle Still Matters” Bull Sale is held the second Saturday in February at the ranch. Hope to see you there!