The History of Studer Shorthorns

With four registered herds of four different breeds (Angus, Scotch Shorthorn, Ayrshire and Yorkshire), Mr. Studer with sons, Paul, Ben Jr., Nate and Mark farms 900 of the 1200 acres using four sets of buildings and three tenant houses. Born on the old homestead, shown here in 1890, Ben has spent a lifetime in building one of the very finest purebred livestock establishments in the entire United States.

From Father’s 320 Acre Homestead to 1220 Acres, Four Purebred Herds
The Studer family with five daughters and four sons has come a long way since Ben’s father homesteaded on the farm site in Wesley, Iowa. Along the way have been many highlights that thrill any breeder—the time he paid $10,000 for a boar which later became Grand Champion at the National Swine Show in 1920—the starting of his purebred Angus in 1940 which now number more than 325 head, many of which were imported, including 30 matrons.

The longest established purebred herd on Studer Stock Farms is the Scotch Shorthorn herd mentioned on page 70. It was started around 1920 and now numbers 100 head. The Ayrshire herd was established about 11 years ago and now includes sires and matrons that were largely imported. The herd of 45 includes 25 milk cows.

The Studers generally plant around 350 acres of corn, 150 acres of soybeans, 150 acres of oats, with the balance being in hay and pasture on a rotation basis. A farming operation of this size takes a lot of power machinery and most if it is the 4-row size, as it makes an hour of labor and tractor time cover more acres.

Of special interest to livestock breeders is the double usage the Studers get out of the five silos on the farms. In the early summer part of the silos are filled with chopped oats and hay silage. This is fed out in later summer and they are refilled in the fall with cane and corn silage for winter feeding.

The largest of their barns is 120’x40’, a second is 80’x40’, a third is 80’x36’, and several are open loafing-style barns. Both inside and outside elevators make it handy to handle and store more than 30,000 bushels of corn and small grain in cribs and granaries.

The Studer family gets its greatest reward in purebred work when they see calf club and young farmer buyers of the seed stock enter County and State Fairs and walk off with winner ribbons.


Studer Shorthorns In the News

Studer Shorthorns – Celebrates 100 Years
by Shelby Rogers

“My grandpa, Ben, registered his first Shorthorn cattle in 1916,” said Dale Studer, the third generation of Studer Shorthorns. “First a white cow and then a roan. From then on our family had Shorthorns.”

In 1960, at only seven years old, Dale began following his father, Nate, around the barn to help him bring in the nurse cows. By 1965, Dale began going with Ben to state fairs and national shows to help him.

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Studer-Farms_Clear-FocusStuder Shorthorns – A True Family Legacy
by Bert Moore

The two hour plus trip from the American Shorthorn Association (ASA) headquarters in Omaha, Neb., along US Highway 34 to Creston in southwest Iowa passes through hills, some rolling, some steep, as well as creeks and rivers flanked by timberland. These steep slopes and wooded areas are much more navigable by cows than by 4-wheel drive tractors. The thought comes to mind – this sure looks like good cow country. A reminder that a substantial number of feedlots and readily accessible packing plants are in the area makes the thought even more reasonable.

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2010StuderShorthornsFour generations with plans for the future
Dale Studer Family Shorthorns are the 2010 Iowa Seedstock Producers of the Year

Studer Shorthorns began under the watchful eye of Ben Studer, Dale’s grandfather. Now four generations later, the agricultural roots Ben placed in Iowa and in his family are still active and growing. Dale remains at the helm of the Studer Shorthorn operation providing a no-non-sense, honest approach in the seedstock and cattle industries.

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10_IAFarmerTodayArticle_StuderShorthorns draw breeder home
By Jeff DeYoung, Iowa Farmer Today

CRESTON — Watch Dale Studer walk among some of his Shorthorn cattle, and you can easily see there are few places he would rather be.

“I like all breeds of cattle, but I grew up around Shorthorns, and that’s what I always wanted to raise,” he says.

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CNA_ArticleMay08Studer proud to be part of family business, livestock industry
By Jasmynne Sloan – CNA Staff Reporter

Nathan Studer is positive there’s a bright future for beef production in the area.

“I think, worldwide, there’s always going to be a need for food and animals and protein, but if you look down the road, Southwest Iowa is in particularly good shape,” he said. “I think we have some good opportunities for growth.”

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