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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Featured Farm - Mittag's Shadow Ridge Ranch

Randy and Liz Mittag ~ Shadow Ridge Ranch 

This year the Minnesota Beef Expo featured Hereford Cattle.  Randy and I, as owners of Mittag’s Shadow Ridge Ranch, were pleased to donate the Hereford heifer for MYBEP, the Minnesota Beef Youth Experience Program.  Eleven heifers were awarded to youth from over 70 applicants from Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Iowa.  As part of the donation process, we will be mentoring Addison Mitchell from Waterville, MN who was awarded our heifer.  We hope to share our experience and love of Hereford cattle with her. For the next year we will help her with feeding, breeding, showing and care of Shadow Ridge Raleigh, a May 1st heifer.  


Shadow Ridge Ranch was established on 1996 on a small hobby farm outside of River Falls, Wisconsin. By recommendation of my vet, Registered Polled Herefords were chosen for their docile temperament, mothering ability and lack of horns.  My first cow and calf were purchased at an auction.  The herd soon increased with cattle purchased by private treaty and at the Indianhead Polled Hereford Association annual cattle sale.  Through the use of Artificial Insemination and quality herd sires, the herd increased with cattle that are easy to work with, have sound legs and feet, good udders, excellent mothering ability and quality carcasses with large rib eye and well-marbled meat.

In 2012 I met Randy Mittag and we joined forces.  Moving south of River Falls enabled us to establish management intensive grazing on a larger scale, allowing us to calve 25 – 30 cows.  We enjoy sharing our land and animals through farm tours and family visits.  Raising calves brings great joy as we watch them run and play.  We raise the calves for breeding stock and steers are finished and sold privately.  We finish steers as corn finished and have begun providing grass fed beef for a local food coop.  

Selling cattle private treaty has enabled us to meet some great people and share our love of Herefords. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or stop over for a visit.

Mittag’s Shadow Ridge Ranch      Liz Mittag   715-781-2584                      Randy Mittag 612-964-6415