When four-year-old Dan Vanek entered the show ring for the first time, he didn’t know he was entering his career field.
Today, at the age of 28, Vanek helps prepare cattle for show and sale rings around the West. The family business, Vanek Cattle Services, has been going since 2004 and it is growing every year.
Located in Silesia, MT, Vanek Cattle Services trim and fit cattle for shows, sales and advertising brochures.
They also take professional photographs of cattle, custom feed and halter-break cattle for the show ring, design web pages for producers, take and edit video of cattle, and still find time to breed and sell club steers to 4-H kids and junior exhibitors.
“And we artificially inseminate (AI) cattle for producers every spring,” he says.
Their custom AI business includes gathering and synchronizing the cattle as well.