Jenkins Ranche
Jenkins Ranche

Jenkins Ranche

In the beginning

HH Jenkins Veterinary Sergeant NWMP in1895 (second from left top row)

HH Jenkins – Veterinary Sergeant NWMP in 1895 (second from left top row)

In 1888 Henry Herbert Jenkins (H.H or “Harry” as he was called) came west from Prince Edward Island as a veterinary surgeon with the North West Mounted Police (N.W.M.P).     His father Dr. John (J.T.) Jenkins was a physician who was well known for his love of horses and no doubt it was John who inspired H.H. to begin a horse ranch in southern Alberta upon leaving the N.W.M.P.   It was this same year that H.H. registered the “J” brand which is still in use by his descendents today.

RidersThe original Jenkins homestead was located along the Kootenai (now Waterton) River, close to what is now the Waterton Reservoir.    During this time the family primarily raised polo ponies and cavalry mounts which were sold to the N.W.M.P.   In 1895 H.H. married Maude Berry and they had 3 sons and one daughter.

In 1909 additional land was purchased further up the Waterton River on the border of what is now Waterton Park.    In 1921 the sons of H.H. Jenkins, Hez, Col, and Walt, formed “Jenkins Bros. Ranch Company”, bringing together the two ranches.   Additional land was acquired during the years that followed and included a large lease in Waterton Lakes National Park which at one time gave them permit to run 500 head of cattle and horses for 5 months of the year in the Park.

During the 1940’s the Jenkins Brothers also held a large lease on the Blood Reserve with their neighbours the Bradshaw’s.   At one time the lease was 10 000 acres which was gradually taken back by the Reserve, ending in 1964.

Early days sorting at "Bud's" (Jenkins Lazy U)

Early days sorting at “Bud’s” (Jenkins Lazy U)

In 1956 the Jenkins Brothers changed hands again as Col’s son C.W “Bud” Jenkins took over Col’s portion after his passing, and Hez moved to the Brooks area.    This left the ranches under the management of Bud, Walt and Walt’s son Tom Jenkins.

In 1964 the Jenkins Brothers would finally make a division in the management of their two ranches;     with Bud managing the land near the Waterton Dam and Walt and Tom managing the ranch closer to Waterton Park.

new bob on pone

Bob on “Pone” – 1942

This is where H.H’s youngest son Walt, along with his wife Georgia (Gee) would raise their family and is the location of what is now known as “Jenkins Ranche”.     Two of their sons Tom and Bob, along with their only daughter Mic and their families would remain on the ranch to continue the family traditions here.   As the families grew there was a need for expansion and Tom along with his son Peter moved to Glentworth Sask., where they continue to raise commercial Hereford influence cattle.    Bob and his daughter Jennifer ranched together near Waterton until Bob’s passing in 2013.   Jennifer is the 5th generation of Jenkins family to raise livestock on this land and operates the “Jenkins Ranche” with her partner Jeff Henderson.

The “J” brand can still be seen on Peter and Jennifer’s cattle, spanning two provinces and 6 generations of the Jenkins family.

 

 

The Hereford Influence

In the beginning the Jenkins’s primarily ran sheep, cavalry horses and durham cattle.  In 1920 it is said that a stray Hereford bull from the Cochrane Ranche made its way over to the Jenkins’s, and they liked him so much that it was decided they should be raising some Herefords of their own.  And so began the Hereford influence at the Jenkins Ranche.

In 1940 the last large shipment of cavalry horses was sold to the French Army and loaded on trains headed east.   However, because of WWII they would never be able to be claimed and the horses were forced to be sold in Quebec.    With the large horse and sheep herds disposed of, the Ranche began to increase the cattle enterprise, including the start of their own purebred Hereford herd.

Throughout the 1940’, 50’s and 60’s the Ranche used bulls from the reputation Pine Coulee, Bar Pipe, and Little Red Deer Herds among others.     In 1964 there were extensive purchases made of the Mill Iron, Real Silver and Beau Type females made at the Silver Crest Dispersal in Texas.

Jenkins Line 1 InfluenceAs they moved into the 70’s the Ranche began an artificial insemination program, breeding to bulls such as Mr. Mo Le 47F, L1 Domino 72269 and CH Domino 053.    The Line 1 influence made such an impression that in the 1980’s over 200 females were bred to a Pruett Wray bull which they had purchased a part interest in (PW Domino 7284).

These cattle were then marketed at the Jenkins “Line 1 Influence” Production Sale, held annually at Fort MacLeod, AB.

While the family no longer holds an annual production sale, they do continue to offer bulls for sale by private treaty and on occasion through various consignment sales.     As Jennifer’s involvement in the Ranche increased, the family once again began exhibiting their cattle at various livestock shows and sales.     To this day there is still a strong Line 1 influence in the Jenkins cattle.   In the last 10 plus years the Ranche has used continued with the use of Line 1 genetics through bulls such as CJH Harland 408, and HH Advance 8248U (a 4140P son purchased from the proven Holden herd).


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    Jen Jenkins & Jeff Henderson

    Box 473, Twin Butte, Alberta
    Canada T0K 2J0

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