Baker County Cattle Tour

Jul 15, 2011
by WLJ

On Aug. 13-14, a weekend cattle tour focusing on Hereford genetics is being sponsored by Oregon, Washington, and northern Idaho Hereford Association (OWNI) in conjunction with Oregon Hereford Association, Bird Herefords and Harrell Hereford Ranch. Tour participants will have the opportunity to view five commercial herds with a Hereford influence as well as four registered Hereford operations The tour will depart by motor coach from the Sunridge Inn in Baker City at 8:00 a.m. The first stop will be at Forsea & Sons commercial ranch in Richland, OR, followed by Mike Hutton and Cliff Wilmarth cattle in Halfway. Lunch will be provided at Bird Herefords, a purebred horned Hereford ranch, followed by a twohour family jet boat tour on the Snake River in Hells Canyon. The scenic boat trip is for the whole family to enjoy. There will be viewing of Native American pictographs and commentary on early homesteading life as well as spectacular scenery in the deepest part of Hells

Canyon. The tour will then begin its return to Baker City for the evening with a stop at the Richland City Park for the evening meal.

On Sunday, ranch visits in the Baker Valley will begin with historic Chandler Herefords followed by a viewing of George Colwell’s Hereford bull battery as well as Marci Maxwell and Tom Hill cattle. The tour will conclude at the well known Harrell Hereford Ranch at which Harrells will host a barbecue.

Motor coach transportation is being provided by OWNI. The jet boat trip has a reservation deadline of July 20. Cost for the boat ride is $55 for adults and $30 for children under 11. The Sunridge Inn in Baker City, 541/523-6444, is the tour headquarters. A block of rooms has been reserved so please indicate you are with the tour when making reservations.

For more information and to register for the bus as well as the boat trip, please contact: Mark Holt 208/369- 7425, Dave Bird 541/742- 5436, or Cheryl Thomas 541/490-4271. — WLJ