Harry was born and raised in North Dakota, where he grew up on a large farming and cattle enterprise. In 1969, Harry’s father had the foresight to use semen from a new “exotic” breed introduced in Canada-Simmental. Performance was excellent, and the Moser feeder cattle and bulls were sold at a premium by private treaty, and in 1980, the Moser family held their first production sale in Mandan, ND.
Lisa was born and raised on a general crop and livestock farm in northeast Kansas. Black baldy cows and an Angus bull comprised the genetic base of the family cowherd. In the late ’70′s, her father bought his first Simmental bull to use on the baldy cowherd. Weaning weights were tremendous, and the Simmental influence was there to stay.
After their marriage in 1982, Harry and Lisa spent four years farming and ranching in southwest North Dakota with Harry’s parents. In 1986, an opportunity presented itself to manage a large ranch in northeast Kansas. From 1986 to 1994, they managed the 2700 acre Limestone Springs Ranch, running approximately 250 head of commercial cows as well as developing their Simmental program and customer base. In February 1994, one day after their second Simmental bull sale, the Mosers moved to the spot they now call home, approximately 40 miles northeast of Manhattan to a farm near Wheaton, Kansas. AI has been used extensively since 1980, and ET has been utilized since 1991. The Moser Angus program began with the purchase of what was felt to be the perfect Angus female, from the standpoints of phenotype, proven genetic lines, and performance. “Fink’s Pride 221 04 Bando” was purchased from Fink Beef Genetics in November 1993. The Red Angus breed was introduced into the Moser operation when embryos from the Pelton Red Angus & Simmental operation were purchased and planted in May 1996. The Red Angus program was phased out in 2012, and the remaining Red Angus females in the herd were bred to Red Simmental genetics to produce red F1 bulls and heifers. In the late 90’s, Mosers began focusing on the production of superior F1 bulls and females to supply yet another product for a rapidly growing facet of their customer needs. Black and Red SimAngus bulls now make up the majority of the sale offering each year. Performance and predictability are the cornerstones of our program. 2020 will mark our 29th bull sale. With an opening day "bid off," on or near November 1st, and following that with a private treaty sale format, Mosers have enjoyed the one-on-one time possible with customers. We hope you will consider joining us this fall to evaluate our genetics.
The Moser children have now grown, and oldest son Cameron has his own farming enterprise headquartered out of Moser Ranch. He continues as farm manager, making all farming decisions and doing the lion’s share of the farming himself with hired help. He and his wife Carrie recently became full partners in Moser Ranch. Carrie helps Cameron with farm tasks and makes numerous trips to the field with harvest meals. Scarlet Locklyn was born into their family in 2012, and she sure is an independent little girl! Cam and Carrie's son Thane LaVerne Moser was born in January of 2016, and boy, is he the little farmer, going as often as possible with dad in the tractor. Miss Maive joined the Moser family in July of 2017. She is a bundle of energy, and her smile will melt your heart. A precious new gift of life will arrive in the Moser family in August 2020.
Our daughter Kendra, is married to Rex Michaelis. They reside north of Home City, Kansas. Rex works as a crop adjuster, and Kendra is busy being a mom and the office manager for a physical therapy office in Marysville. Their two little guys, Tucker and Tate have brought a special joy to all our lives. Tucker is our farmer and Tate loves to hunt. In early fall 2019, he got his second buck with his crossbow. Tenley Caroline Michaelis made her debut in March of 2016 and she is definitely her mother's child. She's got a full head of long, long brown hair and is adored by her brothers. Ask her about her second spring set of "baby chickies"! Her chicks from last year have grown up into hens and now keep all of us in eggs! She loves puppies, lambs, goats...just like her mom.
Our youngest daughter Kayla and her husband Ty live south of Burdett, Kansas. Ty farms and ranches with his family near Rozel, along with being the head high school boy's basketball coach at Pawnee Heights, in Rozel, Kansas. Kayla is Ty's right-hand woman, helping out wherever she's needed at Josefiak Farms. She especially enjoys cooking meals for the harvest crews, moving equipment and is starting up "Southern Plains Thunder," a club volleyball team for south central Kansas. Her passions have been running and playing volleyball, and now her dream of coaching an elite club has come to fruition. Their daughter, Nora Ann, was born in July of 2016 and is quite a sassy little thing! Mila Joy joined their family in November of 2017. The newest addition to the Josefiak family is Baker Ty, born in July of 2019. He was born 6 weeks early and spent 2 weeks in the NICU in Wichita but all is well now and they are a happy family of five!
Truly, we are blessed!
Quick Look at What We've Done and What We Do
Continual feedlot and carcass merit testing of steer mates to our sale bulls. 1993-2006 through the Commercial Cattlemen’s Improvement Program at Solomon Valley Feedlot, Beloit; Schmidt Feed Yard, Tipton. From 2007-2012 through the Decatur Beef Alliance at Decatur County Feed Yard, Oberlin, KS. During the years of 2013-2017, we finished cattle at Tiffany Cattle Company, Inc., Herrington, Kansas. Shane and Shawn Tiffany do an amazing job in the feeding business. Customer service there is second to none. Beginning in the fall of 2017, we have finished steermates to our sale bulls right here on the ranch and deliver them to a niche market, Meat, LLC, headquartered in Lawrence, KS. The cattle are harvested in Omaha, NE, dry aged, and the beef is distributed to specialty restaurants, and most recently since Covid 19, it has been marketed through a local food system delivery/pick up service, developed by our beef buyer and his associates in the food business serving the Lawrence area. Please check out "Sunflower Provisions" to learn more about the other food items available in addition to Moser Ranch beef.
Over the years, Moser Ranch has hosted numerous groups including 4-H, FFA, & Collegiate Livestock Judging teams, Beef Technology Tours, Ag in the Classroom summer class students, KSU Livestock Production Management Class, Kansas Young Farmers, the Kansas Simmental Association, Indiana Beef Producers through the Cooperative Extension Service of Indiana, and various grade school classes. We have had international visitors from China, the Philippines, and Turkey. We have given AI & ET presentations to several groups, and have been guest presenters at KSU’s Beef Science, Livestock Sales Management, and AS&I Senior Seminar classes, as well as the K-State Beef Conference.
Since 1992, Moser Ranch has hosted several field days, open houses and customer appreciation suppers. Guest speakers at events address timely topics in the beef industry. We hosted feed yard and packinghouse tours in 1998 and 2003.
February 2012: Hosted a tour stop on the Middle Kansas WRAPS (Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy Program), showing our livestock improvements completed under this program including a livestock winter-feeding area away from creeks and the installation of a concrete water tank below a pond.
American Simmental Association, Harry-Board of Trustees 2002-2008. Treasurer 2005, Vice Chairman 2006, Chairman of the Board 2007
Beef Improvement Federation, Harry-Board of Directors, 2008
Moser Ranch was honored to receive the Beef Improvement Federation’s “Seedstock Producer of the Year” for 2003.
Kansas Livestock Association, Harry and Lisa-County Directors 2008-2010; Harry-Stockgrower Council Executive Committee, Vice-Chairman Membership Committee 2011; Stockgrower Council Executive Committee, Chairman Membership Committee 2012. 2016-Chairman of Stockgrower Council. 2017-2018-Harry served in an appointed role on the Board of Directors. 2019-Harry-President-Elect of the Kansas Livestock Association; member of Executive Officer Team. 2020-Harry-President of the Kansas Livestock Association; member of Executive Officer Team.
Beef Quality Assurance certified as of September 13, 2011.
The Moser Ranch has been and continues to be active in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Moser Ranch was selected by Kansas State University’s Block & Bridle Chapter as its 2012 “Outstanding Stockman of the Year”
2016-Present-Lisa was asked to serve as a board member of the Livestock & Meat Industry Council in the department of Animal Sciences & Industry at Kansas State University. The LMIC is dedicated to facilitating interdisciplinary education and research that improves the global competitiveness and efficiency of animal and food production. This is accomplished through primary cooperation with Kansas State University. She has served on LMIC's Family & Friends Reunion committee for three years.
Other: Lisa has worked in hospice for over 20 years, first as a volunteer, and since 2011, working part-time as an aide at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, KS. She was named Employee of the Year in 2014.
Other: Another passion of Lisa's is the raising of service dogs. Beginning in 2011, Moser has donated Border Collie puppies to Canine Assistance Rehabilitation Education Services (CARES) in Concordia, KS. CARES trains Moser puppies as service dogs. Moser Ranch puppies are found in various states including Tennessee, Kansas, Texas, Ohio, Washington, and in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada. These dogs work as seizure dogs, hearing alert support dogs, PTSD assistants, and professional therapy dogs. Of significance is that the dogs often are selected to assist current and former military personnel in various capacities. The military is near and dear to Lisa's heart, as her Godfather was an Army medic in the European and African theatres during WW II.
Moser Ranch Mission Statement - 21st Century
The Moser Ranch is dedicated to the efficient production of a high quality beef product that will consistently be a very satisfying eating experience. By constantly monitoring measurable goals for our genetics, we are confident that our cattle ARE working for our customers. Continued consumer and customer education concerning beef and the beef industry, as well as pursuing marketing enhancements for our customers’ products will also remain priorities in our program.