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Welcome to Stenger's Bluegrass Tarentaise! Owned by Gary & Brenda Stenger, Bluegrass Tarentaise raises low input, polled, homozygous black & breed color purebred Tarentaise cattle and composite Tarentaise cattle that excel in fescue dominant pastures. Located just outside of Morganfield, in western Kentucky, Bluegrass Tarentaise is located a few miles south of both Indiana & Illinois, and less than 100 miles from Missouri & Tennessee. We are continuing a 200+ year old family tradition raising livestock & beef cattle in Union County, KY. Our son, T. Jarrod (J&K Livestock), currently raises Lowline Angus & Lowline X Tarentaise Composite Cattle. The Lowline Angus X Tarentaise composite is working extremely well. We have maintained a mostly closed herd for over 15 years and we have extensively utilized multiple generations of line breeding to amplify genetic consistency. We are very low cost producers, raising our animals with extreme minimal inputs... we haven't fertilized our pastures in decades, our cows have not been treated for worms or been vaccinated for several years, & all of our calves are developed as 100% grass feds. Unlike some, we do not feed haylage (aka baleage or silage). Our pastures and dry hay are mostly fescue dominated with some other native grasses, clover & "weeds" mixed in. Put our hardworking, concentrated genetics to work in your herd!
Our Tarentaise cattle have won banners at the National Tarentaise Show in Denver, but they also have excelled in Forage Grazing Tests and National Feedlot & Carcass Contests. Two years in a row, in the mid 1990's, our pen of Tarentaise steers competed extremely well in the Great Western Beef Expo Feedlot and Carcass Test, held in Sterling, Colorado. At that time, the Great Western Beef Expo was considered to be arguably the most prestigious feedlot & carcass test in the entire United States, with several pens of cattle from around 20-25 different breeds competing every year. One of our steers had the 2nd highest overall rate of gain and that same steer also had the highest carcass value at the Great Western Beef Expo! We also had a top 10 pen for feed efficiency, the only carcass to grade prime with a yield grade 2, and an entire pen of our Tarentaise steers graded 100% choice with no yield grades over 3.0! Also, a black purebred Tarentaise bull, that we raised & sold to Pharo Cattle Company, Bluegrass Energizer, has sired several son's who have excelled in Pharo's forage only tests. Tarentaise have been selected to thrive on grass alone, for centuries. In their native country of France, Tarentaise cattle graze the steepest mountain slopes of the French Alps where grain can not be grown! High butterfat milk, hardiness, mothering ability, fertility, early maturity, high marbled, tender meat, feed efficiency, forage conversion & more, are traits that our herd has been known for, for over 2 decades.
The Stenger family have been longtime members of the American Tarentaise Association. Gary served for several terms as a director of the ATA. Our daughter, Carrie Stenger Divine, served as the first American Tarentaise Queen & she also served as President of the Junior Tarentaise Association. Visitors are always welcome when advance notice is given. We would love to meet you and show you our incredibly efficient genetics, stacked for grass fed beef production.
Please visit our COMPOSITE PAGE for more information about our Composite Tarentaise Cattle.
Pictured is our grandson, Coy Divine, with his cousin, Libby Clifton. Coy and Libby won 1st place in the Lead Line Class at the 2008 Union County Fair. Congrats Coy & Libby! Look for Coy, a 8th generation cattleman, in the show ring in 2011!
Please check back in the fall for availability. We do have Tarentaise composite bulls, like the one pictured to the right, available.
Gary & Brenda Stenger