WAR Black Granite C060

2nd Top Seller in the 2016 Sale RB Angus, Albion, NE.
A Connealy Black Granite son out of an outstanding  Connealy Final Product 1st calf heifer.
BW 72#, WW 660#, YW 1381#, SC 39 cm at 11 mos.
WW ratio 122, YW ratio 116, Ribeye ratio 118, IMF ratio 116
Great calving ease with TOTAL PERFORMANCE.
Semen available from owners.

To view WAR Black Granite C060’s Performance Pedigree, click on this link

High Point TenX 4055

The talk of High Point’s 2015 Sale, this is a beef bull.  Now his first calf crop is on the ground at Wagonhammer and what an outstanding set it is.  High Point TenX is out of a Touchdown first calf heifer.  He has the spread cowmen want, and the volume and fleshing ability we need.

To view High Point TenX 4055’s Performance Pedigree, click on the link below.  When the Angus Assoc. website appears, click on SEARCH and the pedigree will appear.

Performance Pedigree link

Tim Norrell

Tim was born and raised in Texas, he met his wife Emily, a Nebraska native, in college.  Tim and Emily have two daughters Madison and Mallory, they both love the outdoors and animals. Tim also enjoys the outdoors hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Alan Snider

Al looks after the South Ranch Registered Charolais herd.  Al and wife Kathy have been with Wagonhammer since 1997 and have raised their family on the South Ranch. Daughter Randi is married to Keith Brown and they have 2 children.  Daughter Cara lives in  Bartlett and is the Clerk for Wheeler County.  Son Monte lives in Wheeler County and trains horses.  Son Kent (Goober) lives in Sutherland and is married to Danielle and they are expecting their first child. The Sniders love rodeo and Kathy is an accomplished photographer.

Justin Sprague

Justin and Liz Sprague joined Wagonhammer in 2018. They and son Emmett live on the South Ranch where Justin looks after the commercial cows. They enjoy rodeos and ranch living. This year the Spragues have the honor of hosting an exchange student from Spain. Fran joined the family in August and attends Wheeler Central High School.

Musgrave InVision 304-132

Here is a son of Musgrave Invsion we purchased from the 2015 Musgrave Angus Sale.  A fault free kind of a bull that is well-muscled and correct with a nice look.  He ranks in the to 1% for $Wean values yet retains calving ease.  He is out of a HA Image Maker Dam that holds a NR of 7@103 and has produced several herd sires including Musgrave Finalist.  We will be featuring  calves out of Musgrave Invision in our 2017 sale.  Stop in and see the calves this summer.

To view Musgrave InVision’s Performance Pedigree, click on the link below.  When the Angus Assoc. website appears, click on SEARCH and the pedigree will appear.   Performance Pedigree link

KG Contractor

KG Contractor is the kind of bull ranchers demand.  Calving ease with growth, a moderate frame that is deep and structurally correct.  He’s a complete outcross for most of our customers.  You’ll see Contractor’s first get at the ranch this summer.

To view KG Contractor 4744’s Performance Pedigree, click on the link below.  When the Angus Assoc. website appears, click on SEARCH and the pedigree will appear.

Performance Pedigree link

WDZ Kingsman 737 P

Kingsman was our selection out of the Zehnder-Waage Partnership pen at the 2018 NWSS where he was described by judge John McCurry as the most unique bull in the show. He combines that high quality phenotype with a great disposition and a balanced set of numerical figures. He was a favorite during his time at stud and has continued that trend among visitors to the ranch. His 2019 calf crop should be exciting. Semen available $30 straw/$30 certificate.

Click here for pedigree and EPDs

WCR Icon 756 p

Icon was our selection along with Leachman Cattle Company of Colorado as the top selling bull of the 2018 Wienk Charolais sale. Icon combines a tremendous phenotype with one of the most unique set of EPD values in the breed. The calving ease has been stellar on his first set of calves!

Semen available through Bovine Elite, click here to go to semen page.

HF Patriot 38A

HF Patriot is a complete out cross pedigree for our customers.  He comes from the great herd, Hamilton Farms, in Canada.  Patriot combines ideal phenotype with great thickness and structural correctness.  Patriot had many friends in Denver and he was a member of the Reserve Champion Early Pen of Three Bulls.  When you study him in detail, it is hard to fault him in any way.  His first calf crop were very will received at our 2016 Production Sale.  They looked like their daddy.  Real rancher bulls.  Semen available.

To view Patriot’s Performance Pedigree, click on the link below.  When the Angus Assoc. website appears, click on SEARCH and the pedigree will appear.  Performance Pedigree link

Montana WA Trust 5A

Trust is expressively muscled, masculine, deep-ribbed, with a great disposition.  He is a true out cross for our customers.  This calving ease son of the popular AI sire, Sydgen Trust, recorded a gain ratio of 110. His dam is sired by the balanced-trait and leading ribeye EPD sire, New Day 454.  Trust was the the co-top seller in the 2014 Montana Angus Sale.

To view Trust’s Performance Pedigree, click on the link below.  When the Angus Assoc. website appears, click on SEARCH and the pedigree will appear.  Performance Pedigree link

WR Foreman D602

Foreman is the product of a proven mating designed for multi-trait excellence and is homozygous polled. His dam and grand-dam (dam to WR Travel Agent) both serve as donors in our program. He is a big gauged individual with extra depth in his heart and forerib, a thick top and square hip. Foreman defines performance excellence with contemporary group ratios of 71, 113 and 111 for birth weight, weaning weight and yearling weight, respectively and is breed leading in his combination of CED to YW EPDs.

Semen available from ST Genetics by clicking here.

Click here for his pedigree and EPDs

WAR Pay Grade:

The top seller in our 2013 Total Performance Production Sale.  He is a son of Styles Upgrade and a 2yr old Pioneer Dam. He is an Upgrade to his very popular sire with: More calving ease, more growth, more end power, breed leading CED, and milk and growth that rank in the top 5% of the breed.  The stud of his class posting 113 WW, 105 YW, 125 Marb and 114 REA ratios. Deep ribbed, big bodied, big square hipped with a stout and attractive look.  Owned with Lienemann  Cattle Co. and leased ST Genetics.  Contact ST Genetics for semen.



Copyright is a complete out cross sire for everyone.  He has tremendous spread from birth to yearling EPDs.  Copyright is extremely long sided, sound on his feet and legs, easy fleshing, and big bodied.  He is stamping his calves with the same look.  Semen available.

To view Copyright’s Performance Pedigree, click on the link below.  When the Angus Assoc. website appears, click on SEARCH and the pedigree will appear.   Performance Pedigree link

Connealy Answer 8748:

is sired by SAV Final Answer. His dam is a very feminine nice uddered Overtime daughter. Answer 8748 offers sure shot calving ease with tremendous growth.  He is siring cattle with extra length of body with lots of eye appeal.

To view Connealy Answer’s Performance Pedigree, click on the link below.  When the Angus Assoc. website appears, click on SEARCH and the pedigree will appear.  Performance Pedigree link

Arlyn Wilke

Arlyn Wilke is the Feedlot/Farm manager at Albion.  His responsibilities include purchasing and marketing the feedlot cattle, managing rations and consumption, commodity purchasing, crop production, and overseeing the feedlot/farming crew.  Arlyn has a great deal of industry experience.  After graduating from South Dakota State, he farmed and fed cattle with his brother on the family operation near Columbus NE.  Arlyn then joined Cargill, first working on the management team at the Schuyler processing plant, then at the Leoti KS yard where he was cattle manager.  When long-time feedlot manager, Jim Brown, retired in 2009, we were fortunate to be able to convince Arlyn to return to NE and take up his present position.  Arlyn and his wife, Theresa, have five children.  Joni and husband Jesse Hegemann have two daughters and a son.  Son Eric and wife Chantelle have a daughter and a son.  Son Trenton completed his doctorate in chemical engineering, lives in Seattle, and is engaged to Sarah.  Son Ethan is employed by Pokey Feeders in Scott City, KS. Lauren is a registered nurse at Faith Regional Health Center in Norfolk.  She is engaged to Bryce Jensen.

Bill Ketteler

Bill Ketteler is Assistant Manager for the Farm/Feedlot.  He supervises the day to day activities at the Albion operation.  Bill became employed at Wagonhammer in 2009.  He is a native of Boone County and has spent his life farming and raising livestock in the area.  Bill and his wife, Sharon, are parents of Amber, Anne and Abby.  In the family photo are Bill and Sharon; Amber, Bryan and their daughters Leah & Emmy; Anne, Nick & children Lucas & Lucy; Abby & husband Nick.

Taylor Nelson

Taylor joined us in 2017 after graduating from Northeast Community College.  He works at the Albion Feedlot feeding, irrigating, working with cattle and more.   Taylor is a proud member of the Albion Volunteer Fire Department. He and Shayla have two daughter, Emilyn and Kaysen

Fernando Flores

Fernando Flores joined the Wagonhammer Crew in September of 2017.  Fernando brings to the crew vast knowledge of the cattle industry.  Fernando received his Bachelors of Science, Animal Science degree from California State University Fresno in May of 2016.  Fernando works at the Albion yard caring for the cattle there. Fernando and his wife Yoana were married in September of 2019.

Shawn McBride

Shawn is the Cattle Manager at Wagonhammer’s Albion Feedlot.  He joined us in 2015.  Shawn has worked in the Albion area with livestock for many years.  His wife Sandra is an Albion native.  They have two sons.  Dustin is a teacher and Spencer is employed at Bomgaars in Albion.

Jim Beal

Jim joined Wagonhammer full time in late 2015 after working for us several years on a part-time basis.  Jim operated heavy equipment just prior to coming to work for  us, but has many years of varied experience including working in feed yards.  Jim works at the Albion Feed Yard as a feeder, equipment operator, and about anything else that needs done.  He has a passion for Harleys and enjoys cruising when the weather is good.

Jon Hall

Jon grew up in Colorado and graduated from Ft. Lupton, CO in 1985. He started his trucking career in Fall of 1988 in the oil field. He moved to Albion in the spring of 1990 and drove for Coash for the fertilizer season. He bought his first truck in 1994 and been driving otr since. He met his wife Denise, an Albion native in 1996 and got married in 1997. They have 3 girls Amber, Erica and Crystal. In his free time he enjoys time with family and friends, hunting, fishing, camping, stock car racing, drag racing and muscle cars.

Micah Krohn

Micah is the Office Manager.  She handles the day to day operations in the business office. Micah joined Wagonhammer in April of 2017.  She and her husband Scott live in Albion and have two children.  Tate attends the University of Nebraska and Hannah is a student at Boone Central Schools.  Summer weekends will find Micah and family camping near the Missouri River in Yankton and cheering for the Kansas City Royals.

Our Operation

Wagonhammer is a diversified cattle operation located in Nebraska’s majestic Sandhills near Albion and Bartlett, NE. Our registered Angus herd of 700 mother cows produces performance tested bulls and heifers for cattlemen throughout the central US. We have been a source of TOTAL PERFORMANCE cattle for over 50 years. We have been raising Charolais since the 1960s and sell bulls private treaty. Wagonhammer’s dedication to balanced cattle that work in the cow-calf segment as well as the feedlot explain why they are so popular with cattlemen. Wagonhammer understands what cowmen require in their pursuit of profitability. We produce cattle that fill those needs.

It all begins with the cow. A purebred herd backed by over 50 years of AI has been selected for function first. Females must be easy-fleshing, have excellent confirmation, adequate milk, and structural correctness to stand up under commercial ranching conditions. Ease of calving has been emphasized for generations as evidenced by the average Birth EPD of l.4. Many customers sell calves at weaning, thus, Wagonhammer cattle combine growth & eye appeal that attract the feeder calf buyer.

Family History

Wagonhammer is owned and managed by the Jay Wolf family. The business was founded in 1910 by brothers Julius and Max Wolf. They were followed by Julius’ son Jim.  Jim was a state and national leader in agricultural, public service, and charitable organizations.  Jim headed up Wagonhammer from 1949 until he passed away in 2002.  Jim’s wife, Elaine, was his partner in everything he did.  She was the matriarch of Wagonhammer and served her community in many ways until her passing in 2016.

Jim’s son, Jay, joined the business in 1984.  Jay is the President and General Manager of Wagonhammer.  He and his wife, Susie, have raised the fourth generation of Wolfs in Albion.

The Wagonhammer Crew

Wagonhammer is blessed with many long-term loyal employees. They’ve been with us an average of 12 years. That is a lot of dedication and experience working for you. They include Steve Shermer, Ranch Manager; Joe Epperly, Seedstock Manager; Don Kahl, Justin Sprague, Matt Kurpgeweit, Alan Snider, Justin Blackburn, Steve Growcock and Tim Norrell.  Visit our Wagonhammer Crew page to learn about each member of our team.

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HRF Hairy:

Hairy is a legend in the club calf business. He is a product of Hairy Bear and the famous Harrietta cow. His calving ease is reestablishing Hairy as the bull to breed to heifers.  Owned with Hara Farms, Riley Farms and leased to Select Sires. Semen available from Select Sires.  Select Sires Hairy web page

Time Saver:

An ET son of Tycoon and WAG Gracie ( a 3D/Harrietta daughter). This popular display bull at Denver has all the essentials to be a great breeding bull. Injects the super front end needed to get the judge’s attention.  Traces back to the greats like Hannibal, Habanero and Hairietta on the bottom side.  He is extremely powerful, soft sided, and square in his lines.  Smooth shouldered and super sound. Owned by Wagonhammer Ranches, Gateway Genetics, Vech Cattle Company, and Meysenberg Show Cattle. Leased to Select Sires. TH and PHA free-smooth polled.  Select Sires Time Saver web page

Sure Bet:

His sire, Monopoly, is one of he industry’s hottest sires. The dam, Harietta, is one of the industries most prolific and famous dams. He has great thickness and hair with a big middle and a big capacity. Owned with ABS, Gateway Genetics and Hara Farms.  ABS Sure Bet web page

WR Travel Agent A602

Travel Agent is a product of the Wagonhammer Ranch program.  This 2013 son of LT Long Distance was the stand out top of his peers.  He spreads his 78 lb birth weight to a 115 weaning ratio and 111 yearling ratio.  A power bull with a pedigree built for calving ease.  You  can have both with Travel Agent.  He is an outcross for most Charolais breeders.  Owned with Select Sires.  Select Sires Travel Agent web page

WR Wrangler:

A product of the Wagonhammer program. A proven calving ease sire that is phenotypically flawless with a tremendous set of feet and legs, big scrotal circumference and an unmatched EPD profile. Wrangler has been an excellent cross on Fire Water daughters at Thomas Ranch and Polzin Cattle. Semen available at Genex.  Genex Wrangler web page

Annual Bull Sale

Our business was founded in 1910 by my Grandfather and his brother. In 1895 they came to the new world as two penniless German teenagers. They came without their parents, didn’t know English, and had never raised cattle. But, they believed in the American dream. Now, a century later that dream continues. Many thanks to all of you that have supported us in the past as you have played an important part of our success. Together, we’ll have a great start on the next 100 years. We have a great group of people committed to raising “TOTAL PERFORMANCE” cattle.

The Total Performance Brand

Heifer Sale

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WR Rex:

a homozygous polled son of Duke 9003 and an Easy Pro daughter. The dam is an extremely nice cow, with a great udder. Rex is a calving ease Charolais that has the Total Performance you expect from the Wagonhammer program. He is owned with Dybdal Charolais and Accelerated Genetics.  Accelerated Genetics Rex web page

WR-WCR Polled Prince S602:

Owned with Wienk Charolais Ranch and leased to Genex, we think this son of Duke 9003 has all the tools. Moderate birth weight, smooth polled, tight sheath, excellent growth, moderate framed, structurally correct and eye appealing. Out of a first calf Unlimited Ease 9108 daughter, this bull measured 41 scrotal, 16.8 rib eye and 141 IMF ratio.  Performance Pedigree