Although Cornerstone Ranch was formally organized and named in 2000, that was not the beginning of the cattle herds. LaMoyne Peters came from a long line of cattle ranchers. His great grandmother and his grandmother both raised cattle in Lincoln County. When LaMoyne’s father was orphaned at 13, he lost control of these cattle but maintained the Bar E X brand assigned to his grandmother around 1887.
Seed stock for the present commercial Hereford herd was bought in 1924 by LaMoyne and Gilbert Peters. In 1934 the first registeredHereford bull was bought. It was the Grand Champion bull at the Eastern NewMexico State Fair Open Livestock Show shown by Shaddock’s of Carlsbad, NM. The price of this bull was equal to approximately the price of 12 calves. This was the beginning of selling bulls. Bull calves were sold from this bull locally for several years. Our standards for selecting herd sires have not changed. With the concept that you didn’t want your brand around locally, a second brand of L P Slash was acquired around 1940 so bulls could be sold locally.
In 1941 LaMoyne married Opal Jones whose father owned an adjoining ranch. They received a few cows from Opal’s father as a wedding gift. By investing a large portion of the money made from the cattle more land has been acquired over the years. In 1976 the first irrigated farm was purchased in DeBaca County. In 1979 another larger irrigated farm was purchased. Alfalfa hay could now be raised for the Lincoln County cattle.
In 1978 Lamoyne’s daughter Glenda and her husband became actively involved in the farming and ranching operation. At this time a third brand of L C Bar was acquired to use on the registered cattle. In 1978 a registered Hereford heifer was bought from ZR Herefords from Santa Rosa, NM. In 1979 more registered Hereford heifers were bought from Harvey Herefords of Cloudcroft, NM. The registered Hereford herd was slowly being established with constant vigilance for quality. By 1981 registered Hereford bulls were being sold. More irrigated farms were added to the operation and alfalfa hay was also being marketed.
In 1999 the first ranch in DeBaca County was bought with money from land sales in Lincoln County. In 2000, Glenda’s oldest daughter moved back to DeBaca County with her husband Kevin Grant and two children, Kyra & Rhett. Renee’s dream was in direct line with her grandfather LaMoyne’s – a prestigious herd of Hereford cattle. In 2003, Tanya moved back to Fort Sumner. She has two girls, Kenzie & Kagan and currently teaches 3rd grade at Fort Sumner Elementary. Lynden continues to contribute to the operation from Washington, D.C.
Registered Angus Cattle were added in 2003. The same careful consideration to genetics, actual do-ability, and disposition as was used to build the commercial and registered Hereford herds is being used for the Angus cattle. 175 registered Hereford mother cows and 60 registered Angus cows provide the base for the select 40 bulls that are being sold annually.
In 2004 another ranch was added allowing a sizable herd of commercial Hereford, Angus, and black baldie cows to be established. In 2007 Tim Unruh was added as the ranch manager of the commercial herd.
In 2014, Kyra graduated from New Mexico State University with B.S. in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications and a M.A. in Agricultural and Extension Education in 2015. Kyra and her husband, Justin Monzingo, moved to the ranch after finishing college and help with the ranching and farming. Rhett is currently attending NMSU for a degree in Agricultural Business.
The average cow on the ranch weights about 1200 pounds and is about a 5.5 frame score. The two registered herds provide the bulls for the commercial herd. Careful record keeping is used to provide accurate EPD on all registered cattle. Great bloodlines such as: Grand Slam, JC MO LE, L1 Pacesetter, SC Classic, L1 Image, HH Home Builder, LH Summit, CRS Del Rio, as well as several Upstream Herefords and Churchill Cattle bulls have been used to build the Hereford cow genetics. We are excited to see the contributions of a Full Throttle son from Churchill Cattle and a Sensation son and Handshake son from Upstream Herefords to our herds. Conneally Freightliner, PAR Benchmark, TC Freedom, N Bar Emulation, TC Stockman, G 13 Structure, and BR Midland are contributing to the development of the Angus cow herd. Currently we are using Lazy JB Watchout and O’Reilly sons, as well as a Harvester son from SAV Angus and a Ten X son from 44 Farms.
A deep body, thick, large boned, well uddered cow is our goal. In our Hereford herd pigment around the eyes and on the scrotum are a must. A future goal is to extend this pigment to the cow’s udders. We feel our prefix for our cattle TRL portrays our goals –
TOP RANGE LAND Cattle.