Continuing the Tradition


By Chelsey Johnson

Posted Thursday, September 08, 2016

I had the opportunity to visit Wert Angus Ranch near Aurora, Neb., in early March.  The family operation consists of 240 Angus cattle and 2,500 acres of white corn. After driving by their lot of Angus cow-calf pairs, I found Robert and Tamera Wert along with their 17-year-old son, Bryce, and 13-year-old daughter, Riley and Accelerated Genetics ISR Dennis Comer and his assistant Cheyanne Barnhill enjoying morning conversation and coffee cake in their shop.  After accepting a piece of the coffee cake from Tamara and listening to the conversations of the cattle and farm combined with the occasional joke and laughter, I followed the crew to the breeding barn.

I watched as the team worked together like a well-oiled machine. Riley and Robert bringing the cow up into the portable breeding barn, Dennis making record of which sire to use for the mating, Cheyenne loading the breeding gun, and Bryce breeding the cow. I couldn’t help but notice the word “Tradition” printed across the back of Bryce’s t-shirt. 

Tradition is a fitting theme of Wert Angus Ranch; likewise, tradition is a strong value of Accelerated Genetics. Starting with the breeders who formed our cooperative in 1941, Accelerated Genetics has a strong tradition of being a people-focused cooperative. We know that tradition is an important word for many of our customers. Wert Angus Ranch is just one example of a customer who is focused on breeding a strong herd to ensure its success for the next generation.  Through a five part video series have walked you through the ins and outs of the Wert Angus operation and learned their #MyAccelgenStory. 

From the minute I walked into the morning meeting and accepted my piece of coffee cake, I knew Wert Angus Ranch was an operation that takes pride in not just their herd, but the teamwork that their family puts into the operation’s success.

Bryce, Robert’s 17-year-old son, has shown a great interest in coming back to the operation. Through the encouragement of Dennis, Bryce attended an AI school in seventh grade and has been breeding cows ever since. Daughters, Madison and Riley are also closely involved in the chores of the operation. This interest is likely due to the passion for the operation and hard working values that Robert and Tamera have instilled in their children.

“I have always wanted to farm,” said Bryce. “From day one, that is what I have always wanted to do. I just wanted to do what my dad did.”

Watch the video above to learn Bryce’s #MyAccelgenStory. This is the last video of a five part series about Wert Angus ranch.