Left to right: Jared Rhodes, Darryl Rhodes, Michele Avila, Susie Rhodes, Natalie Walenta, Amy Walenta, Jeff Walenta, and Julia Walenta.
I was raised on a farming and commercial cow-calf and stocker operation in eastern Colorado near Deer Trail. After graduating from Northeastern Junior College I went on to obtain a Bachelor of Agricultural Business from Colorado State University. Subsequent to graduation at CSU I spent nearly 40 years in various positions with the Farm Credit System. I retired at President and CEO of U.S. AgBank which has assets of approximately $25 billion. At my retirement U.S.Ag Bank merged into CoBank headquartered in the Denver area. As part of my retirement plan I started a registered and commercial Red Angus business.
Ranching was my first love and something I always thought I would eventually do. But the allure of the Farm Credit System was strong, and combining banking with a sole focus on agricultural producers from Kansas to California made for a rewarding, exciting and very educational career. Our ranch is 50 miles northeast of Wichita, Kansas. It is between Peabody and Florence right on Highway 50. This area is the western edge of the Kansas Flinthills which is some of the best grass country in the nation. Susie is a Kansas girl and was raised in Conway Springs which is a small farming town southwest of Wichita. We have two children and both live in Wichita. We are also blessed with two precious granddaughters and we all enjoy our time together in the country.
We were the volume buyer at Mont Vue Red Angus when Mr. John Montgomery decided to disperse his reputation herd. We were also the volume purchaser of females in the February 2011 dispersal of fall calving cows at Buffalo Creek Red Angus. We have purchased quality cattle from numerous reputation Red Angus breeders including the Biebers, Ludvigsons, Mushrush, Peltons, Red Hill, Beckton, Tongue River, Kniebels. Uriells, C-Bar, Lelands, Damar, Solution Genetics, and others. Because of our later start in the business our strategy has been to buy excellent genetics in order to jump-start our program. Feel free to contact us with questions or just to talk about Red Angus cattle.