How MWB manifested:
Hot summer’s day, after fixing the fence I was sitting on the truck tailgate having a bottle of Blue Moon Beer. My 2-year-old bull, “Zeus The Gladiator,” meandered over to the tailgate to say “Hi.” He smelled my beer, nudged it……so I poured some over his nose. He absolutely loved it. Loved it so much, he left me with grass, slobber, and no beer! From that point on I could not have a “bottle” of Blue Moon Beer or “can” of Mountain Do within smelling distance of him.
I started thinking what this would do to the beef. I knew the beer does not mix well with bovines 4 chambered stomach, so I wondered what wine would do. HHmmm that is where Wine Beef began.
I tried wine, red, white, blends, and rose’ all seem to give them dysentery. Then, while I was in a store, I seen this wine call Honey Mead. I called the owners up, set up a meeting, to discuss my origination. One of the owners, Joe, chirped up and informed me that Honey Mead would be healthier and balance their process of the wine. This Ladies and Gentlemen is where the true meaning of Montana Wine Beef began.
Now I am selling Montana Wine Beef from our (my husband & I) 3rd generation Indian Hammer Ranch, the ranch my grandparents, Art and Dora Buck founded in 1945 and my parents, Vincent (Vince) and Margaret (Penny) Buck, who ran it since the mid-1970’s.
Indian Hammer Ranch was founded in 1945, by my grandparents, Art and Dora Buck. My grandparents took their fertile riverfront land full of weeds taller than the tractor and started farming it. Their first crop was wheat and their livestock were sheep. Grandpa and Grandma decided since the coyotes enjoyed dining on the sheep, Hereford cattle were a better choice. As time passed, they decided to start introducing Black Angus into the herd. My dad (Vincent R. Buck) and his sister (Elaine Buck) enjoyed showing the calves in 4-H as they grew up working on the farm.
While attending high school in Cascade, MT, my father met my beautiful mother Margaret Buck, best know as “Penny Buck.” After dating for 3 years, they married April 24, 1959!
Following high school my parents were continuing their lifetime adventure together. My father received training in millwright and gunsmithing, worked as a Mill Right/Machinist in Missoula, joined the Air National Guard Crash Fireman Maintenance at the International Great Falls Airport, Carpenter-Laborer on the building the College of Great Falls, before my parents assumed ownership of the ranch from my grandparents. Truly through my father’s legacy his true passion lay in Gunsmithing and Ranching. Meanwhile, my mother studied respiratory therapy under the tutelage of the nuns at the late Columbus Hospital in Great Falls, MT, before receiving her degree and working her lifetime passion as Senior Respiratory Therapy Technician for the next 33 years.
In 1977 my parents, Vincent (Vince) and Margaret (Penny), assumed ownership of the ranch rom my grandparents. Over the year’s wheat, barley, and alfalfa were grown. The Hereford and Black Angus cattle breeds were shifted to the Beefalo breed. All of this while raising 3 wonderful children.
In 2004, sadly my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. My mother and the family took great loving care of him on the ranch, until his passing in October 2011 at the age of 73. A few months prior to my father’s passing, my mother was diagnosed as a Diabetic and later with Dementia. Over the next 6 year my family and I also cared for her at the ranch, upon her passing March 2017 at the age of 76. I am very proud of my amazing and inspiring parents for being married for 52 years (together 55 years)! I am honored to be continuing the Indian Hammer Ranch “3rd Generation Legacy,” with all-natural Montana Beef!