Last yearling sale is the end of an era on Clear Creek


August 24, 2022

Mark Billmayer, of B & B Sales, visits with Don Ross who was selling the last group of yearlings Don and wife, Tanis, were selling from the Ross 8 Bar 7 Ranch. Don's great, great grandfather, Alex Ross, homesteaded along Clear Creek in 1889 and brought the 8 Bar 7 brand with him from the Butte area. The Ross family began selling cattle to Russell Benson in the mid-1950's and continued after Mark joined B & B.

About two weeks ago a working relationship in Blaine County ended between two long standing agricultural businesses. Don and Tanis Ross of the Ross 8 Bar 7 Ranch, Inc. sold the last yearlings they will raise from their place south of Chinook on Clear Creek Road. Mark Billmayer of B & B Buyers (cattle buyers) bought the Ross' last load of yearlings. That ended a business connection that started when Russell Benson (Mark's father-in-law, now deceased), the other "B" of B & B Buyers, started buying cattle from the Ross ranch back in the mid-1950's. Here's a bit of what I learned about...

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