Benefit Set Up to Help Ryegate Rancher


Communities in South Central Montana are banding together along with the Wheatland County Stockgrowers to help the Streeter family.

This week Russell Nemetz visited with Rob Tierny, a rancher from Harlowton, Montana about the “Spare a Pair” donation drive.

The following letter came to Northern Ag Network via email.  It is from Scott Degnan, Assistant Vice President for the downtown Billings First Interstate Bank:

Good Afternoon,

As most of you know Jay Streeter lost a substantial amount of cattle in the storm a couple weeks ago.  Approximately 100 cows, 80 calves and 30 yearlings.  They were driven over the edge of the Big Coulee south of Ryegate.  There is an effort to get him back in the game.  Jay is a rancher, brand inspector and a heck of a good guy.  The help that Jay is getting from local ranchers is very hard for him to accept but appreciates it very much.

The program is called SPARE PAIR.  Wheatland County Stockgrowers is putting on a cattle drive for the Streeter Family. 

There is a fund set up at Citizens Bank in Ryegate under the Wheatland Country Stockgrowers and Jay Streeter’s name. 

If anyone wants to donate cash or money please sent it to the bank (568-2405). 

If anyone would like to donate a cow, a pair or yearling, they can have them delivered to Rob Tierny’s (Harlowtown) 632-4291 or Gordie Brunner’s (Ryegate) 671-1841 before noon on the 29th of June. 

I would imagine this time-line is so they can work cattle and rebrand all on the same day.  I am donating a bred heifer, some co-workers are splitting the cost with me, but will not be delivered until I have them preg checked in October.  I would imagine any help at anytime would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,


For more on this story, please read “Rancher Loses 1/2 His Cattle in Recent Storm.”

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Haylie Shipp


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