Tuesday, December 9, 2008

District 2 Young Farmer and Ranch Family of the Year

Steve Ritter Video


Victor--Stephen and Heather Bagley of Victor have their his hands in just about everything in Teton County, that's because to make money in a tough Ag and Tourist economy you have to wear many hats just to make a living.

“What we have done, our operation mainly consists of a dairy farm and we run a lot of beef cattle. But in the past 10 years we have had to switch that operation to survive.” Heather works in Driggs as an ER nurse. And besides the farm the Bagley's are working a new livestock operation: elk

“We actually put in a bull with our young heifers and if they get bred they get bred but we had some pretty good success breeding our young heifers too.” Steve says is not much different than his regular livestock operation...and they're changing with the times.

“We’ve changed it from strictly agriculture to more of recreation type business to raise elk, trail rides and pack trips in the national forests around us but we still maintain our agriculture base because that’s a lot of our whole operation.”

If there's money to made in Victor, you'll find the Bagleys. “We still maintain, well we are still down to about 500 acres of hay and we sell that mainly in the horse hay market in Jackson or to our own animals.

Teton County has undergone explosive growth in the past five years, the Bagleys looked for opportunity and found it.

“A lot of us say the best crop we have here in Victor and the Teton Valley are houses, unless you look at the economy right now, whats happened is that we have had a big change from agriculture to more of a residential area.

The Bagleys thought that in order to maintain the operation, they needed to take advantange of the things coming in that might not be agricultural but still need it's tools and machinery.

"So we have a gravel pit with a lot of trucking and excavation work on the side, its turned out to be a good business. It fits the niches that we need to fall into when we don’t have other agricultural work to do,” said Bagley.

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