Oxbow Cattle Company Team

Bart and Wendy Morris


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Bart and Wendy moved to Missoula in the summer of 2006, fell in love with the garden city and Montana, and feel lucky to call it home. Bart grew up working on local ranches in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming, and Wendy was raised on the Tenny Ranch in northeastern Colorado; cattle and the ranching lifestyle is deeply engrained in their roots.  They met at the University of Wyoming during undergraduate school and married soon thereafter.  In 2014, Bart and Wendy fulfilled a life-long dream and started Oxbow Cattle Company with Bryce Andrews. In 2015, Bryce moved on to pursue other interests, but Bart and Wendy are continuing the mission.

 

Caroline Caldwell


 

Originally from a farming community in central Ohio, Caroline graduated from Bates College in Maine with a degree in environmental studies. During her collegiate years she was a rower and swimmer and spent summers working with horses and livestock on the east coast and Colorado. After graduation she received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to live and work abroad for a year on large-scale cattle and sheep properties in remote corners of the world. She lived in Finland, New Zealand, the Falkland Islands and Australia and worked in some pretty spectacular but far-removed places. After returning to the states she continued to work in ranching and in the Spring of 2018 she joined Oxbow Cattle Company. Caroline is excited for the future of Oxbow and is happy to call the Missoula community home.

Dave Kratochvil


Dave and his wife Jennie Mayo have been proud supporters of Oxbow back when it was in its infancy, and now Dave is our our go-to project man who helps out part-time and Jennie is our go-to gal for amazing Oxbow beef recipes. Their daughter Arlo is the rancher-in-training who will be moving cows in no time!

Addi


Always up for an adventure, Addi brings her cow moving skills to work every day, whether prompted or not. What she lacks in height she makes up for in courage, and she makes us laugh every day with her funny antics and unconventional work ethic.

Zu and Bitt


Unconventional cow dogs?  Okay, they are bird dogs that get to live the good life at Oxbow.  They spend their days at Oxbow watching after voles, mice and any game bird that dares to cross their path.  They also make sure to stay clear of the cows.

The Oxbow Horses


A big part of our day-to-day life at Oxbow involves our horses.  We use them to handle our cows as well as travel the vast country where we graze our cows.  It is a true partnership between us and our horses which teaches us to be humble and listen.  We value them highly and appreciate the jobs we can get done with them in a quiet and unobtrusive manner.  Here they are:

 

Our family, friends, neighbors, community and volunteers


We know the success of Oxbow would not be possible without our families and the relationships we have developed along the way…  we thank everyone who has helped and supported us in this wonderful adventure!

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ox · bow
/ 'äks,bō /
An abandoned channel in the course of a river, shaped like a U. We graze our cows on the ancient "oxbows" of the Bitterroot River, where these sub-irrigated fertile remnants of the Bitterroot provide lush feed for grass-finishing cattle.