Dave & Cindy Judd
By Audrey Hambright
David and Cindy Judd started Judd Ranch in 1981 with the goal of producing profitable and functional genetics for commercial cattlemen. They raise Gelbvieh, Balancer and Red Angus seedstock with an annual bull sale in March and annual female sale in October.
Natives of Fairbury, Nebraska, David and Cindy relocated to Pomona, Kansas, after purchasing the ranch in 1981. Soon after, they began building the foundation of their current genetics.
David and Cindy have two sons, Nick and Brent. Nick and his wife, Ginger, have three children: Lily (12), Levi (9), and Lacy (7). Brent and his wife, Ashley, have two children: Oliver (3) and Avery (5 months). All of the family works on the ranch full time. Nick, Brent, and both spouses are graduates of Kansas State University.
Success to the Judd Ranch can be defined in many ways.
“Sometimes we take for granted the miracles that happen in our business, such as a healthy, newborn calf or a good rain to green pastures up,” David said. “We feel especially rewarded when our customers return to us year after year to purchase seed stock.”
Rewarding, yet challenging is the beef business. According to David, aside from the unpredictable challenges that can’t be controlled, such as weather and markets, government regulation is a major factor in the industry’s future.
“I am hopeful the new administration will move us in the right direction, but we need to make our voices heard and not allow ourselves to be controlled by the liberal agenda,” he added.
David and Cindy were inducted into the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Hall of Fame in 2016. The ranch has been the AGA’s number one breeder and owner of Dams of Merit and Dams of Distinction for 18 of the past 19 years.