In 1918 Donald Wagner was born near Appleton, MO. His father, Karl Wagner moved the family (Bernard, Paul, Donald “Grandpa”, Lawrence “Buster”, and Barbara) West to Southeast Colorado in 1921. Later, in 1942 Donald was drafted into the Army Air Force during WWII. As an engineer and gunner on a B17 Grandpa’s plane was shot down over Germany where he became a POW. He returned to Holly, CO in 1945. During the 50’s his father Karl and he started Ark Valley Hereford Farm. Little did they know over 65 years later the family would still be raising Registered Herefords. During the 50’s and 60’s Ark Valley occasionally took carloads to Denver. Karl and Donald sought out the best Herefords they could find purchasing bulls from Turner, Winrock, Born, V Bar, K74, Pedretti, and Cooper. Donald met Gino Pedretti at Denver and purchased GB L1 Domino 055 a “Freckles” son from his carload.
In 2009, Donald’s youngest son Kevin made a purchase of three L1 cows from the Shafer Ranch of Sherman, TX after being “cowless” for 25 years to pursue a banking career at Satanta, Kansas. We were blessed to have the help of such good family back in Holly; Kevin’s older brother’s Tom and Steven who still own and operate Ark Valley. They let us board our Shafer cows there until 2010 when we purchased the Colvin CRP grass. In December of 2011 the Shafer cows along with a top Ark Valley heifer and a couple of Jamison heifers came to Satanta. Wagner Herefords is currently operated by Kris Wagner along with his dad, Kevin.
We are blessed to be able to return to the Hereford business and are planning to stay in it. We would like to thank everyone that has helped us and most importantly, thank the Lord for he has let us do what we love to do.
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