Robert Gietz, a Pennsylvania native and World War 1 veteran having homesteaded earlier on the Laramie Plains returned with this bride Bessie in 1925. This was the beginning of their lives together and a very unique business and cattle breeding venture for them and their business partners. This venture began with the purchase of a carload of Hereford heifers at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. Long after the business partnership dissolved, the passing of both Bob and Bessie Gietz and their son in law Jim Talbott, who continued this breeding program for the remainder of his life, this unique breeding program continues on the Laramie Plains.

The basis of this unique breeding program was from the observation of wild animals where there is no breeding selection based on the genetic relationships of animals in a particular herd. This breeding program started as an experiment and has resulted in a closed genetic pool since inception.

The Brae Arden Herefords have been bred to maintain a medium framed, fertile and very docile yet productive animal. The herd, while small is still thriving after being closed genetically for over 85 years. DNA sampling confirms the presence of Heirloom genetic traits long ago eliminated by selection processes commonly utilized in the cattle breeding industry. One of the most notable traits is the presence of the A2 milk gene. Historic breeding selection has focused on improving quality and durability for surviving the rugged high country climate of the Laramie Plains with an emphasis on calving ease, feed efficiency and the needs of the commercial producers.

In 2010 author Mark Schatzker and Alan Williams of Tall Grass Beef asked requested the opportunity to perform ultra sound testing on grass fed Brae Arden heifers and one bull. The purpose was to compare and possibly identify differences between cattle with heirloom genetics and today’s popular commercial bloodlines. In his book “Steak” Schatzker wrote “When the testing was complete Williams said, your cattle seem very consistent. That’s what we look for. They are tender. They have excellent muscle shape." Schatzker further wrote regarding the genetic testing of the Brae Arden Herefords, “Genetically speaking, Alan Williams just hit the jackpot”.

If you would like to read a complete history and analysis of the early genetics, theories of propagation and the analysis of leading geneticist regarding the of the first fifty years of this herd, I would be glad to send you a reprint of  “The Brae Arden Story, Come Back from Near Oblivion”  by Don Ornduff. This reprint was published in the 1976 Herd Bull Edition of the American Hereford Journal. I am proud to share the story of this unique breed of cattle, the breeding program established by my father and carried on by my late husband and their dedication to this heirloom bloodline. I am also proud to say my family and I continue the legacy and dedication to these cattle. We have semen for sale of Bonnie Brae 7181 as well as a limited amount of meat from the Brae Arden herd.


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For More Information, Contact:

Brae Arden Herefords
Janet Talbott
49 Pahlow Lane
Laramie, Wyoming  82070
Phone  (307) 745-5958


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