Charles Anstey, Ridder Ranch honored with Century Breeder Awards

Nov 20, 2009
by WLJ

Charles Anstey, Ridder Ranch honored with Century Breeder Awards

In celebration of 100 years in the Hereford business, Charles Anstey and Ridder Ranch were honored as Century Hereford Breeders Nov. 2. Jack Ward, American Hereford Association (AHA) chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, presented the award at the AHA Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO.

Charles Anstey

The Anstey Hereford legacy began 122 years ago with Charles Anstey’s grandfather, George Anstey. George immigrated from England in 1876 at the age of 18. In 1878, he purchased land near Massena, IA, where his grandson and great-granddaughter continue to raise registered Herefords today.

George began Fairview Herefords with the purchase of one registered Hereford cow from the McKnight herd at the Iowa State Fair. In 1911, George purchased two bulls from Gudgell & Simpson, which Charles says mushroomed Fairview Herefords’ business.

George died in 1945 at which time his son, Charles L., purchased the top of the herd to add to his existing operation. Charles L. passed away from cancer in 1956. At that time, his son, Charles, took over the herd under the name Charles Anstey Herefords.

Today, Charles and his daughter, Kathy Ankenbaurer, manage 150 head of registered Herefords. The passion for Herefords George started has now been passed down to Kathy, and all cattle are registered under the same membership but with the name Triple A.

“We’re honored to be receiving this recognition,” Charles says. “It was really my grandfather and my dad who laid the foundation for us to reach this milestone.”

Ridder Ranch

Ridder Ranch, Callaway, NE, was started in 1907 by John Ridder’s grandparents, Theodore and Elizabeth Ridder. The couple moved from eastern Nebraska to the heart of cow country near Callaway. They raised their 12 children on the Hereford seedstock operation, one of which was John’s father, Paul.

After returning from serving in World War II, Paul and one of his brothers took over the ranch.

Paul started a production sale in 1960s which John continued when he began managing the ranch after his father’s death in 1972.

John and his wife, Mary, are the sole Ridder descendants continuing in the Hereford business where they’ve raised six children who are active in the operation when not in school. The Ridders host an annual production sale in the spring and exhibit cattle in the carload show at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO, every year.

“We’re proud that we’re able to stay in the business and we enjoy it,” John says. “Even more, we’re proud of our grandparents that they had the foresight to get started in a business that has been sustainable this long.” — WLJ