Ellingson Angus was founded in 1995, when Julie Schaff and Chad Ellingson married and merged their registered Angus herds.
Julie had grown up on a registered Angus ranch near St. Anthony, N.D., just a few miles from where the Ellingsons today call home. Her paternal grandparents, Paul and Magdeline Schaff, began the family's registered Angus program. The tradition was passed to Julie's parents, Martin and Angie.
Chad, the son of Lester, Jr., and Cheryll Ellingson, came from Maddock, N.D., where he raised mostly commercial cattle and other livestock. His maternal grandparents, Miles and Dot Maddock, were also registered Angus breeders for a time.
Over the years, the Ellingsons have expanded their herd utilizing artificial insemination and embryo transplant to take advantage of the best genetics available. They strive to raise balanced-trait cattle that will perform well for their customers.
The Ellingsons host a production sale in February at the sale facility on the ranch. There, they market powerful yearling Angus bulls and top-notch open and bred females. They are looking forward to including about 400 high-quality commercial females from their customers in the 2012 sale offering.
In addition to cattle, Ellingsons raise some crops and hay for their cattle.
Julie and Chad are the proud parents of five children: Stetson, 14; Jameson, 13; Sierra, 11; Medora, 7; and Sheridan, 4. The kids are an integral part of the operation and have a small sheep enterprise on their own.
Before ranching full-time, Chad worked nearly two decades in the artificial insemination industry, procuring sires, marketing semen, advising customers and overseeing research projects.
Julie works as the executive vice president of the North Dakota Stockmen's Association, an 84-year-old beef cattle trade organization, which is headquartered in Bismarck, N.D.
Sebastian "Seb" Jacobs of Watauga, S.D., joined the Ellingson Angus team as a herdsman in 2009.