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Straight Up | May/June 2023

A conversation with everyday Stockmen,

Featuring Turner Armitage, A Bar Ranch of Claremore, Okla.



About the Stockman.

"We ranch in northeast Oklahoma where we operate a commercial cow/calf operation, American quarter horse program, and market commercial replacement cattle. I work alongside my older brother, Merrit, managing the ranch for our family. We take pride in our traditional approach with a modern outlook on opportunities for ranchers to sustain to the next generation. A Bar Ranch was started by my parents, Mike and Martha Armitage, and our family has been ranching in northeast Oklahoma since 1985."


What about the beef cattle industry excites you the most?

"The opportunity to tell our story as producers to a consumer base who is hungry to learn more."


What is your least favorite job on the farm?

"Washing stock trailers with a power washer."


What is the most used tool on your farm? How old is it?

"Our Easley stock trailers. Our heaviest used one is 1 year older than me."


What is your go-to sorting apparatus?

"“Somethin” aka my go-to horse."



Describe your best day.

"Best day on the ranch has been this spring - foaling out a highly anticipated colt we have high hopes for."


Your favorite non-farm activity to do in your free time?

"Spending time with my wife."


The most important lesson you’ve learned in this business?

"Patience sometimes learned the hard way, whether it’s a drought or a monsoon, this trait I’m constantly learning."


Which animal (any species) has left the greatest impact on you?

"My father’s favorite mare, Merry Go Mavis. Her lineage lives on in our current remuda. Generations of consistently good-minded and athletic horses."



Upcoming Sales:

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Held at A Bar Ranch | Claremore, Okla.

Selling pairs, bred cows, and bred heifers


Photos courtesy A Bar Ranch

learn more www.abarranch.com

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