Name: Donald & Lois Hough (Sounds like tough)
Operation Name: Hough Ranch
Location: Joseph, Oregon
How long in business: est 1952 Started ranching and teaching in Colorado, then moved to Joseph in 1971
Segment: Cow/Calf – Natural Program
PHNB: What brought you from Colorado to Oregon?
LOIS: We found a good ranch available for the right price. The area we lived in in Colorado was growing and becoming a bedroom community. We were looking to expand the herd when we found this property.
PHNB: Tell us a little bit about what a “typical” day might look like at this time of year.
LOIS: Well, first of all we check all the cattle, see what’s going on with them, see if anybody needs any help. Once that’s taken care of everyone gets fed. Then there’s doctoring to be done, grafting twins onto someone who’s lost a calf. Feeding takes up most of the day. Heifers need to be checked – now that we’re getting older checking the heifers at night doesn’t happen every night – we hire help when we need to. Calving season is about two months – into May sometimes. Then branding begins and hopefully turning out.
PHNB: What do you find most exciting about ranching?
LOIS: Oh probably the calving. Helping them out, watching them grow, weaning the babies.
PHNB: How long have you partnered with Painted Hills Natural Beef?
LOIS: We’ve been with PHNB since the beginning.
PHNB: What attracts you to Painted Hills Natural Beef?
LOIS: Seems like we met Merhten Homer at a county fair, maybe a beef auction. He approached us about the Natural Program, we liked the sound of it and signed up.
PHNB: What is your favorite cut of beef and preparation method?
LOIS: Grilled Steak – my favorite is the one that is the best buy [laughs]. I can fix a steak most any way. I just get the best buy. We used to always have something on three legs that we butchered, but these days we buy it from the store more often than not. Beef is my favorite, I prefer it to chicken or pork so that’s what I buy mostly.