Tom and Virginia McMillan of Lewistown, MT are the present owner/operators of McMillan Shorthorns. This ranch has run commercial Shorthorns for well over 100 years. This is a 250-300 cow/calf operation. Tom retains ownership of his cattle through closeout. He also buys several loads of mostly Angus influenced cattle every fall. After back-grounding them all at the ranch, he sends them to a feedlot in Nebraska for finishing.
The McMillans stay with Shorthorns, because they make the most money on the cattle side of their operation year after year. By retaining ownership, Tom has taken the “color” factor out of the picture.
Tom was contacted by the staff of Montana Senator Max Baucus. The Colombian Ambassador, Gabriel Silva had inquired about the availability of quality Shorthorn cattle in Montana in order to stock his South American ranch. The McMillans were able to furnish the required number of heifers. So the deal was consummated upon inspection of the cattle. 50 head were purchased.
I am pleased to say that the McMillans have been my highest volume bull buyers for more than 15 years. I’m proud that Y Lazy Y Shorthorn genetics have contributed to the continuing success of their operation.
Senator Max Baucus with a group of foreign U.S. Ambassadors view the cattle. Some Y Lazy Y bulls can be seen in the background.
Tom McMillan and Gabriel Silva of Columbia “seal the deal” on 50 Shorthorn heifers as Senator Baucus looks on.
Friend and neighbor Don Dale (l) visits with Russell Muri
of Muridale Shorthorns while out touring our herd in August 2012.
At the 2012 Ravalli County Fair, Thor’s steer “Carl” (YY Mission Leader 183Y) was the top carcass steer out of 35 exhibited. This steer is a Coalpit Creek Leader 6th son. Thor has received Steer of Merit for 3 of the 4 animals he has taken to the Fair.
Miriam with her steer “Leonard”. He is an unregistered animal. Miriam received blue ribbons in Market Steer and Showmanship.
Emily Neville and her steer “Clifford”. He is an Earl of Dover son out of a Red Angus x Shorthorn cow. Emily received Blue for Showmanship and the steer stood 3rd overall in Market and received a purple ribbon.
These juniors are all members of the Summerdale Rebels 4-H club,
and they do a fine job of doing their own fitting/clipping.
Pictured above is the heifer we donated to the NILE Merit Heifer Scholarship program. She won Grand Champion phenotype when shown in October 2009 when she beat out 25 other heifers from other reputation herds from Montana and neighboring States.
Bobby Dorvall from Fromberg, MT was the recipient of our heifer. She’s an outstanding young lady who did a great job. She wrote once that she “didn’t even know what a Shorthorn was, now I love them!” She has since purchased 2 more heifers from us and is a strong proponent of the breed. Congratulations Bobby for an outstanding job!
We exhibited the Supreme Champion over all Breeds pen of heifers at the 2008 NILE.
Our heifers faced stiff competition from champion pens of all breeds.