Ficken Angus Farms
Ficken Angus Farms was started in 1940 by my parents. That herd was dispersed in 1968 due to drought. My wife and I started a new herd in 1972 with three cows from the Green Garden herd at Ellsworth, Ks. Two more cows were added the next year from Willard Ericson at Marquette, Kansas. From that meager start, we applied our philosophy to breeding Angus cattle. Our three children showed cattle and were involved with the operation until they were out of high school, except our youngest son, Lance, who maintained a small group of cows. He and his wife have now become major partners in the operation. Our ideas of how cattle should perform have not changed from the beginning. Cattle exist to produce meat; that is the goal. We expect our cattle to be better than average in the major EPDs and dollar traits. We have never bred for extremes in any one trait, and our herd has always been selected for calving ease, structural soundness, good udders, and carcass quality. Our mission to produce cattle that the commercial cattleman can make a profit at any level they choose to sell, and the buyer will want those cattle again. That goal is an ever-moving target; we are getting closer to the bullseye every calf crop.