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At 3C & NLC, we breed cows that work. They need to calve without assistance then get those babies onto their feet and nursing, very likely under harsh Dakota weather conditions.  We expect our cows to thrive on little supplementation and wean a heavy calf without the assistance of creep feed.

We introduced Simmental genetics into the herd in 1971, and currently run close to 800 Simmental and SimAngus pairs.  The American Simmental Association recognized MR. NLC UPGRADE U8676 the breed's number one registration sire for 2013. We're sometimes asked...

Q:  Was MR NLC Upgrade U8676 really born and bred at NLC Simmental Ranch?

A:  Yes, he was!  We're pleased with how well Upgrade has performed, but don't forget, he's not the only great bull that's come from NLC & 3C genetics.  CLICK HERE to see our Hall of Fame.  AND while you consider what we've produced in the past, be sure to keep your eye on the future –

CLICK HERE to see a sample of our power-packed 2014 calf crop.

John Christensen is a humble guy but you can't miss the note of pride when he talks about his daughters, their families, and their knowledge of this business.  And he can’t imagine his family in any other type of business. The lifelong process of building a cowherd and developing quality SimAngus & Simmental genetics is a family passion, and the seed stock business allows them to share that passion with others. By building a program based on a “no-nonsense” type of cow, the 3C Christensen and NLC Dunsmore families have built a solid reputation of producing dependable cattle and providing dependable service. They pride themselves in providing customers with functional cattle and an honest demeanor. They value your feedback.

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The roots of 3C Christensen Ranch go deep in the rolling hills of central South Dakota for nearly a century. Tracing back to the 1920’s, John Christensen’s father helped drive the family’s finished cattle twenty miles to the nearest railhead on horseback. From there, their steers were loaded and shipped to the Sioux City Stockyards.


While their practices have advanced with the times, the family keeps the age old concepts of practicality and integrity as the basis of their operation.  Together, Rick and NaLani Dunsmore operate NLC Simmental Ranch and follow the same high integrity values as their predecessors.


John operates 3C Christensen Ranch and values help from daughter Cam and her husband Tyler Fagerhaug.


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3C/NLC - Breeding Simmental and SimAngus™ Cattle in South Dakota Since 1971.

Where are we on the Web?


      •  https://www.dvauction.com/events/40933


Tri-State Livestock News

      •  http://www.tsln.com/markets/salesreports/6035081-111/ranch-lot-bull-api

      • http://www.tsln.com/article/20110419/TSLN_MISC01/110419951


Cattle Sale Page

      •  http://cattlesalepage.com/christensen/request.html

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