Tuesday, November 24, 2020

2020 Marks 100 Years of My Family in the Registered Polled Hereford business

From Lori Riffel-Hambright, Kanza Cattle, Chapman, Kansas

50 years ago today, Tuesday, November 24, 1970, was our 50th Golden Anniversary Sale. Sales were held at the farm I grew up on and were managed by dad, Leon. I was extremely proud of dad. Mom, Donna's excellent handwriting kept sale day records in great shape, too. 

At that time, 50 years ago, literally dozens of Riffels were active in the Polled Hereford business. Times change, family passes on. A few of us Riffel girls (we were highly outnumbered by the boys) were the most passionate about carrying on breeding programs, even though not under the famed Plain View Farms of Enterprise and Chapman, Kansas.


My cousin Tammy Riffel-Boatman and her family are very active in the national show scene. Daughter Audrey was an active junior in showing and leadership roles in both the National Junior Hereford and Charolais associations.

Bloodlines built on maternal traits, fertility and longevity of trace back decades. My family's program is foundation females and producing bulls for the commercial market. 


Today I dedicate in remembrance to Grandpa Jesse and Grandma Leah, all my uncles and aunts, siblings and cousins who were or have been a part of the Polled Hereford business.

Growing up cutting teeth on raising cattle and managing sales - even in the 1960-70s were times relished in our cattle operation.

The Hambright Family - Fall 2019
Pictured l-r: Audrey, Lori, Stan and Wade

Lori (at 3 years old) with brothers Rod and Ryan. I'm celebrating at least 55 years in the business!

Cover of the 50th sale catalog

Center spread of the 50th catalog

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sale Cattle - Fall 2019

We have a select offering of bulls and females for sale this fall. Please check out our updated Sale Cattle page for full details.

  • All bulls pastured on brome from late April through mid-fall. 
    • Option to price two or more bulls for package with discount.
CLICK HERE for more details. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

SH/G Durango 44U E733

SH/G Durango 44U E733
(-pictured 5/11/19-)

Entering his second breeding season here at Kanza Cattle.
2019 calves - all born unassisted.

His calves by our Bailey daughters are outstanding.

A handful of excellent calving-ease yearling Bailey sons still available May 2019.
Give Lori a call at 785-313-6565.

SH/G Durango 44U E733

Friday, December 28, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Cattle Update

Looking good for the weather we’ve been short on. Very spotty in our area of Dickinson County. Received 1.2” on Friday, July 13th

This is a Bailey B103 x Kanza Ike heifer calf. Really a good click of genetics.

- Lori 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Surprise visit from the Governor

Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer made unannounced town visits through Kansas.

He had coffee and a cinnamon roll at neice Amanda’s Bakery & Bistro, Abilene. I had coasted in for my brewed ice tea fill and was able to also meet Gov. Colyer, tell him I’m in the cattle business and about the Barn Quilts of Dickinson County. Of which, I gave him my promo postcard and barn quilt touring map. Was kind of exciting.  

Nice perk for Amanda and crew. She gets those surprises every now and then.

Good exposure for the Barn Quilt City of Kansas (Chapman) and the Abilene & DK Co barn quilts. We have well over 200 barn quilts in our area.

- Lori