WBC spotlights 100-year-old ranch near LaGrange, Wyo


January 24, 2017

Contact: Ann Wittmann, Executive Director of Wyoming Beef Council
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Thaler Land and Livestock Co.

From left, Hadley Evans, Dennis Thaler, Sandy Thaler, Hudson Evans, Brandy Evans, and Kevin Evans. Thaler Land and Livestock Co. is a Wyoming Centennial Ranch.

WBC spotlights 100-year-old ranch near LaGrange, Wyo

CHEYENNE, WYO - The Wyoming Beef Council is featuring the Thaler Land and Livestock Co.,  a centennial ranch located in Goshen County, on its website and marketing materials

The featured stories about Wyoming ranching families resonate with millennials, the target audience for growing beef demand, and the stories are among the most frequently visited web pages on the Wyoming Beef Council's website, wybeef.com.

"We chose Thaler and Livestock as one of our featured ranching stories, because this ranch demonstrates how a carefully managed cattle operation, one that is over 100 years old,  can be environmentally sustainable," said Ann Wittmann, executive director of the Wyoming Beef Council. "We are always proud to collaborate with Wyoming ranchers to help consumers have a better understanding of where their food comes from and a deeper appreciation for the dedication ranchers show to their land and animals."

Key principles, including working hard and finding ways to improve, have been handed down several generations, making this ranch successful. In the early 1900's, Joe Matje left Hungary to put down roots on a 320-acre homestead in Wyoming, called the Fox Creek Ranch. That homestead, now called Thaler Land & Livestock, has grown into a 20,000-acre ranch and farm, recognized nationally for its environmental stewardship and conservation efforts.

Today, Dennis and Sandy Thaler and their daughter Brandy and son-in-law Kevin Evans manage this cow/calf and yearling operation and work to ensure that this ranching legacy will continue for another 100 years.  

The ranch’s resource management goal is to maintain the health and vigor of plant communities on irrigated, dryland and native range, which will maintain the resource base and support a long-term operation.  By maintaining good health and vigor of all plant communities, erosion is held to a minimum.  The only farming is through crop rotation to maintain permanently introduced species for grazing and haying. With the improvement of their natural resources and proper management of their cowherd, through better genetics and vaccination programs, the Thaler and Evans families will continue to ship beef around the world for generations to come.

In 2005, the ranch was awarded the Wyoming Stock Growers Environmental Stewardship Award, followed in 2006 by the National Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.  In 2016, Dennis Thaler was inducted into the Wyoming Agriculture Hall of Fame. 



A slow cooker is a ranch cook's best friend. Try this easy, delicious chili on your next chili day!

Total Recipe Time: HIGH 6-1/2 hours or LOW 9-1/2 hours
Makes 6 to 8 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck or round, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) chili-style tomato sauce with diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup prepared thick-and-chunky salsa
  • Toppings: Shredded Cheddar cheese, diced red onion, diced green onion, diced avocado and dairy sour cream

  1. Combine all ingredients except salsa and toppings in 4-1/2 to 5-1/2-quart slow cooker; mix well. 
  2. Cover and cook on HIGH 5-1/2 to 6 hours or on LOW 8 to 9 hours or until beef is tender. (No stirring is necessary during cooking.)Just before serving, stir in salsa; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. 
  3. Serve with toppings, as desired.


  • Nutrition information per serving: 404 calories; 12 g fat; 91 mg cholesterol; 710 mg sodium; 32 g carbohydrate; 42 g protein; 6.0 mg niacin; 0.6 mg vitamin B6; 2.8 mcg vitamin B12; 6.2 mg iron; 8.7 mg zinc.
  • This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron and zinc.

Wyoming Beef Council

The mission of the Wyoming Beef Council is to increase beef demand domestically and internationally for the benefit of Wyoming farmers and ranchers. For more information on beef checkoff funded activities in Wyoming, visit www.wybeef.com.