Arizona’s largest working cattle ranch
The west is still alive and well in Arizona! To be a bit more specific, the west is still alive in Seligman, Arizona, home to Arizona’s largest and oldest cattle operation, Diamond A Ranch. Beyond the rehearsal stories and the stories passed down from generation to generation, we got to spend some time with ranch manager and owner of livestock operations Rick Kieckhefer who gave us some details about Diamond A Ranch.
CLN: Can you give our audience a taste of Diamond A Ranch?
The Diamond A Ranch is the largest cattle ranch in AZ. Consisting of 725,000 acres covering 75 miles from north to south. The ranch manages a herd of cows based on Angus genetics. All calves are marketed through some of the industry’s best all-natural retail programs including Whole Foods, Wal-Mart and GourmetBeef.com.
CLN: What is the brief history of Diamond A Ranch?
Originally part of the VVV ranch which operated numerous ranches in northern AZ and once handled 30,000 cows and 1,500 horses, also known as the ‘Boquillas’ ranch, it was purchased by the nation. Navajo in 1987, which they still own today. Since 1982, Cholla Livestock LLC has operated Diamond A and continues to operate with respect for tradition.
CLN: The Diamond A is the one, if not the only piece of equipment that continues to operate rail cars, why is that still important to you?
The Diamond A continues with the theme of a “spring / autumn works” wagon. Although it has its challenges in today’s world, the wagon is used as a cost effective way to “work” parts of the ranch for several days at a time. The wagon would include teepees, bed sheets for sleeping, and a modern chuck cart with tents for cooking and eating.
CLN: Can you give us some more details on how you breed your ranch horses? What can people expect when they get a horse from the ranch?
All the horses on the ranch are raised outdoors on the same course that they work daily. The horses at Diamond A rode a lot during “work” season, with many pastures on the ranch being 2x to 3x larger than most AZ ranches. The horses that the ranch is offering for sale at the Legacy Ranch Horse Sale (in partnership with Cholla Livestock) are really broken and strong ranch horses that can continue to be ranch horses or end up in some of the taller ones. levels of performance horse competitions in the country.
Legacy Ranch Horse Sale 2021
Diamond A currently manages a Remuda of 75 active saddle horses, 30 brood mares, 3 stallions and 35 young geldings and fillies. All the horses are raised outside in the same difficult country in which they work. The ranch’s bloodlines are primarily from ranch cows and horses and include Tanquery Gin, Doc O’Lena, Colonel Freckles, Peppy San Badger, Bueno Chex, Driftwood, Zan Parr Bar, PlayGun, Easy Jet and Doc Tom Tucker.
The horses and cowboys at Diamond A are part of an old tradition of cowboys that continues to live on throughout the Southwest and with a strong dedication to people, cattle and horses, the Diamond A s ‘strives to remain a leader in the industry. You can check out one of the horses at Diamond A Ranch by attending their upcoming Legacy Ranch Horse Sale on September 18th. Check out the full schedule below or find more information about their website.
Friday September 17th
- 7:30 am – Open Ranch Horse Polyvalence Show
- 12h00 – Registration and numbering of sales horses
Saturday, September 18
- 8:00 a.m. – Equifest opens
- 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. – Rope horse demonstrations
- 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Branding and dry working demonstrations
- 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – horses available in the stalls viewing area for viewing and questions
- 5:30 p.m. – Legacy Ranch Horse Sale
CLN: Would you like to add anything that you think our audience should know about Diamond A Ranch?
With the purchase of Cholla Livestock by Rick and Sarah Kieckhefer, the merger of Diamond A Ranch with Kieckhefer’s K4 Ranches created the largest cattle operation in the South West. Operations have also moved to the beef industry with GourmetBeef.com providing consumers with single-source, local, hormone-free, USDA-rated Diamond A / K4 Ranch beef that is available from many partners. local and online retail stores at GourmetBeef.com
Who protects the Diamond A Ranch?
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