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In the high desert country near Diamond, Oregon, Harold and Mary Otley own and operate Otley Brothers Cattle. Perhaps the most amazing thing is the fact that Harold is 90 and Mary is 85, but it's no surprise to anyone that knows them that neither is showing any signs of slowing down. Their ranch includes their children Harry, Fred, and daughter Sherrie along with their families. The Otley's cowherd is Red Angus based with some South Devon influence. They market their calf crop through Superior Livestock and their calves consistently top the market.

Mary makes the genetic decisions and purchases all of the bulls used on the ranch, the majority of which are obtained from Wedel Red Angus located in Leoti, Kan. Her philosophy is that the cattle need to work not only for them but also for the feedlot and the retail customer. Their quest for excellence throughout the entire beef cycle has earned them the Commercial Breeder of the Year Award from the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA). The Otley's received the award at the 2007 National RAAA Convention held in Dodge City, Kan., September 26 – 29 at the historic Dodge House Hotel and Convention Center. It was presented by Frank Wedel of Wedel Red Angus. “When I called Mary and told her, she said that she felt that there were others more deserving, I can't think of anyone more deserving, “ stated Wedel.

During the presentation, Wedel told a story about Mary. He said “Several years ago there was a bull in a sale in Montana that I thought would work in my herd. I called a sales representative and gave him what I thought was plenty of money to buy the bull. When I called that night I was informed that I came in second to Mary Otley. Later I called Mary and told her that I was runner up bidder on her bull and she told me, “I probably paid too much for the bull, but when you are 80 years old you should be able to buy the bull that you want, so I did.” She makes a great point and a great example for cattlemen to follow. The RAAA is proud to present the Otley Brothers Ranch the Commercial Breeder of the Year Award for 2007.


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