Since 1992, we have raised Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle. But our roots in the livestock industry go much deeper than that.
Arp Cattle Company's history began with Arp Family Farms. Arp Family Farms is a 4th generation run family farm that was established in Brunswick, Missouri in 1887 by William and Wiebke Arp. Throughout our farm's 130 year history, we've raised and shown cattle and hogs, and grown corn, soybeans, and wheat. The farm has since grown from 80 acres to 520 acres, where we now run 80 head of registered and commercial Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle. In 1991, Arp Family Farms became recognized as a certified century farm in the state of Missouri.
Steve received his Bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 1981 from University of Missouri and his Masters in Ruminant Nutrition in 1983 from Oklahoma State University. In the spring of 1983, Steve and Betty moved to Arlington, Wisconsin, where Steve would manage the University of Wisconsin's Beef Nutrition Farm for the next 32 years.
In 1992, Steve and Betty Arp founded Arp Cattle Company. It was then that we purchased our first two Gelbvieh females from Reiter Gelbvieh's dispersal sale in Iowa. We chose Gelbvieh for their signature traits of high growth and docility. These two cows, ARPS Rogene and ARPS Hotline were the foundation of our herd. The herd was started in Wisconsin, but eventually became split between Wisconsin and Missouri. Cattle that would be shown or sold for seedstock stayed in Wisconsin, and commercial and feeder cattle were moved to our farm Missouri. Arp Cattle Company is now run exclusively in Missouri.
Arp Cattle Company has been a member of the American Gelbvieh Association since 1992. Our children, Jessica, Travis, and Seth, were heavily involved in 4-H and the American Gelbvieh Junior Association. We exhibited cattle at the Gelbvieh Junior National show from 2000-2014, as well as various shows at county, state and national levels. Steve has served on the Board of Directors for the A.G.A and our sons, Travis and Seth held multiple positions on the A.G.J.A. Board of Directors.
Our vision for the future is to grow our herd and continue the farming legacy set by William and Wiebke 130 years ago because for us, tradition runs deep.