Loonan Stock Farm
The Iowa Beef Breeds Association named Loonan Stock Farm the recipient of the Iowa Outstanding Seedstock Producer Award in 2016. The Outstanding Seedstock Producer Award honors exceptional seedstock producers in the cattle industry each year. This award focuses on producers who excel in their seedstock producer programs in their entirety. Areas such as record keeping, industry participation and leadership, selection criteria, merchandising programs, and herd improvement over time are some essential disciplines in which the seedstock industry is grounded upon and are used as criteria in the producer selection process.
Loonan Stock Farm is part of a longstanding tradition in agriculture at the Loonan family century farm nestled in the southwest Iowa town of Corning. The Loonan family has been in the seedstock industry for 42 years producing Simmental, Red Angus, and Red SimAngus genetics.
Today, Judy Loonan and co-manager Rick Thompson are at the helm of the operation where they work each day to provide consistent and dependable genetics for commercial cattle producers. At their annual private treaty sale in Corning, they market around 145 bulls and 95 heifers with the majority being Purebred Red Angus as well as Simmental and Red SimAngus cattle.
Loonans started their seedstock program with Simmental cattle and later introduced the Red Angus breed in an effort to increase calving ease, carcass quality, and produce uniform and moderately sized animals for their customers. The current seedstock breeding herd is home to 375 cows with 270 of them being Red Angus Cows, with calving ease and true performance lines.
Loonan Stock Farms markets 100% of their genetics to commercial producers and has designed their genetic program to meet commercial producers’ needs. Producing uniformity and consistency is a large part of their genetic program and they achieve this by utilizing performance data, implementing a stringent feeding and management program, closely examining cow families, using proven sires, and incorporating carcass ultrasound data.
It is the priority of Loonan Stock Farm to continue to add better genetics to their stock while keeping with the philosophy of providing consistent, dependable genetics to their customers.
The Loonan family is no stranger to the cattle industry and have been actively involved in their county agriculture organizations for many years. In years past, they have received the honors of the Corning Agriculturist of the Year and Adams County Cattleman of the Year and have also been a large contributor to the 4H and FFA organizations at the county and state level.
Judy’s father, who passed in 2011, was always very insightful into the future and was able to build Loonan Stock Farm into what it is today with his forward thinking. Although his passing has been tough for the operation, Judy continues to use what she learned from him, along with Rick’s extensive cattle knowledge, to continue the success and legacy her father left. They feel very fortunate to have the customer base that they do and are very proud of the fact that they are able to provide genetics to neighbors, friends, and commercial cattle producers all of the Midwest.
Although the hours can be long, Rick and Judy agree that cattle farming is what they love to do and they would not have it any other way. “To me this is an occupation, not a job and we are blessed to wake up each day and do what we love to do.”