Starting with commercial cattle in the 1960’s, Jim Morton kept very detailed records on everything from grazing to irrigation to individual birth and weaning weights on all calves. The commercial herd of approximately 150 head quickly became one of the most uniform cattle herds in the area. In 1985, Jim and Shirley decided to get into the purebred industry.
Their youngest son, Bob, was in college and on his way to an agricultural degree. It seemed like an ideal time to enter the Red Angus breed. Soon the purebreds outnumbered the commercial cattle at Green Mountain, and they too were fast showing the positive effects of breeding for performance and strict culling.
In 1991, Bob graduated from Montana State with a bachelors degree in Range Science with a minor in Animal Science. Also in 1991, Bob married Julie, who had also recently graduated, with honors, from MSU in Animal Science.
Bob and Julie have two sons, Tom and Jim. Tom graced the cover of the Red Angus Journal in August of 1997 with one of Green Mountain’s NILE heifers, and was also featured, along with James Leachman, on the cover of the 1999 NILE Premium Book.
James Morton, founder of Green Mountain Red Angus, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on November 12, 1999. Jim started raising Red Angus cattle because he believed in the strength and integrity of the breed. He always sought to raise the “perfect mother cow” and always maintained that “you need a good cow to raise a good bull,” philosophies that all of us at Green Mountain believe in. Jim will be sorely missed as Bob and Julie continue on the course he set for Green Mountain Red Angus.
Bob and Julie reside at the winter ranch, located 25 miles west of Bozeman, MT, where all of the breeding, calving, and much of the haying, takes place. During the summer months the cattle can be found at the summer ranch, located on the Bozeman pass, where Shirley resides. The herd now numbers around 230 head of registered 1A Red Angus. Our annual bull sale is held the third Tuesday of March. Visitors are always welcome.