The cattle at Redland Red Angus and Gelbvieh are sturdy and well adapted to environmental challenges of the rugged terrain and pine-covered coulees of the Hysham Hills where the climate is hot and dry, but the short native grasses are high in nutrition.
It was this dry climate that first attracted Herman Eldering Sr. from Holland in 1889. His brothers Garrett and William, had come to the Pease Bottom area prior to Herman's arrival. Herman had served in the Dutch Navy and after contracting malaria was advised the dry climate in Montana would be good for his health. He acquired his brother's property as they returned to Holland, later he acquired more land as he made the Yellowstone River valley his permanent home. He felt the soil was rich and the water was abundant in the nearby Yellowstone River. In the early years, he successfully raised sheep and alfalfa seed. In fact, there was one seed crop that enabled Herman to take his family back to his home land in Holland. The ranch soon became a cattle ranch as he acquired more property. Today, the sixth generation is making their home on the ranch established by Herman Eldering Sr.
As ranch operations go, Herman Eldering, Jr. took over the reins of the operation from his father. He and his wife, Wilma Kimball Eldering, raised cattle, corn, sugar beets, small grains and alfalfa. They too suffered some tough agriculture times through the Depression years. Herman liked to remind the younger generations of the time he shipped his cattle to Chicago on the train and after they were sold the sale price was not enough to cover the freight to Chicago. When Herman became ill with emphysema in the late 50's, he sought the help of his daughter and son-in-law. Shirley and Ole Redland left Lodge Grass where Ole was a schoolteacher, and came home to help run the cattle and farming operation. Ole passed away suddenly in 2002 at the age of 70, since teaching school he had worked to better the ranch, family, and community. Today Ole and Shirley's son and daughter-in-law Bob and Cathy Redland, his son Jon Redland, and daughter and son-in-law Chad and Jenny Moke, granddaughter Elizabeth, along with daughter and son-in-law Al and Ruth Baue all work together on the operation. Al and Ruth's children, Marc and Alison are students at the South Dakota School of Mines.
The family has always been progressive in both farming and ranching. In 1985, the first registered females were purchased -Gelbvieh cattle at the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, SD. Later that year, due to drought conditions, Ole and Shirley were able to purchase Registered Red Angus pairs from Rock Creek Angus in Joliet. When selecting his herd tattoo, Ole found the "RED" was available and from there "Better Bred Red" became a trademark phrase. They purchased the spring calving herd from Panhandle Cattle Co. in Lakeside, NE.
The Redlands began using the AI technology in 1974. Today Bob, Al, Jon, Jenny and Chad are all qualified to A.I. Sire selection has always been based on pedigree, performance, maternal and carcass traits. Ultrasound is the latest innovation to be used on the herd. The Redlands have been ultrasound carcass testing for 12 years and all commercial heifers are ultrasound pregnancy checked.