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Bow K Ranch is family-owned and operated by Dave and Dawn Bowman and their son and his wife, Andrew and Sarah Bowman. The ranch is located near Olathe, Colorado (a 90-minute drive from Grand Junction, Colorado). Dave and Dawn have been running Gelbvieh cattle since 1983 and currently run 110 head of Gelbvieh and Black Angus, along with Gelbvieh x Black Angus and Gelbvieh x Red Angus (referred to as Balancers).

The emphasis at Bow K Ranch is to produce moderate-sized (1,100 to 1,300 pound) cows that excel in maternal qualities — birth weight, calving ease, good udders, and adequate milk — not to mention their docility. (See Female Page).  Our foundation is built on 31 years of AI breeding and quiet cattle handling methods.

This breeding season (for the 2015 calf crop), we have used the following AI sires:

Red Gelbvieh
  • Oscar - who has a good birth weight EPD along with good growth and phenotype. He is homozygous polled and diluter free.
Black Gelbvieh
  • Mr. Bow K 304A — our exciting new purebred Gelbvieh herdsire we raised is homozygous black and polled with excellent numbers and phenotype.
  • Mr. Bow K 904W — a purebred Gelbvieh with calving ease and good all-around EPDs.
  • Mr. Bow K 220Z — a three-quarter blood Gelbvieh with calving ease, exce  llent growth, stayablity, and carcass numbers.
  • Lazy TV Sam U451 — calving ease, thickness, good all-around EPD's with added weaning weight. (Purebred Gelbvieh).
  • Traction (#1218825) — a purebred heterozygous black, homozygous polled bull with excellent birth to growth numbers and the right phenotype. He's also an outcross to many Gelbvieh genetics.
  • Jackpot — with good growth and carcass numbers and is homozygous black and polled.
Black Balancer®
  • Watchman — a homozygous black, homozygous polled bull with excellent birth weight, growth, carcass, and feed efficiency.
Red Angus
  • Pinnacle — excellent calving ease, growth, and carcass.
Black Angus
  • Hoover Dam — a thick calving ease bull with good carcass and maternal traits, and excellent EPD's for docility.
Most of our cattle are run above Gunnison, Colorado in the summer and fall at an altitude of 8,500 to 10,000 feet. These must be functional cattle with good feet and legs and are definitely not pampered.