The Gust Family – Founders and Owners
The founders and owners of Circle A Angus, Dave and Ruth Gust and their extended families hale from the Chicago area. The Gust, Lennon and Lembke families own and operate many businesses, all well known for their superior quality and outstanding customer service. Today, Dave and Ruth are able to dedicate much of their time to enjoying their grandchildren.
Headquarters – Iberia, MO
Iberia is the headquarters and home office of the entire Circle A system. Iberia is home to Circle bull development, a large commercial cow/calf operation and the sight of all of Circle A’s sales. The headquarters’ operation spans over 10,000 acres in these Ozark hills. Dale Holtmeyer oversees all cattle operations at the Iberia location. Charlotte Moore handles the office management and Mitch Herx oversees the hay and farming crew. Marketing Manager, Nick Hammett, makes his home in Ashland, MO and spends much of his time on the road, but also has an office at the Headquarters.
Nick, Rebekah, Cole and Lauren Hammett
The Herdsmen each oversee around 500 cows and are responsible for daily checks and tagging. The crew comes together for vaccinations, pregnancy testing, breeding and weaning to help one another. At any given time there are around 1000 bulls at various stages of development. These bulls require daily attention to development, soundness checks, and have to be worked to take weights, ultrasound, freeze branding, and semen testing.
The farm crew travels to the various ranches as need to put up hay, plant and cut silage. In total, Circle A farms over 3,000 acres for both silage and corn for the feedlot. In a typical year they also raise about 75% of their own hay needs.
Bernie Neidert, Clyde Fuchs, Tyler Shreve
Circle A North
Located about 8 miles north of Huntsville, MO, the vast majority of Circle A North was acquired in the mid 1990’s. Today, Circle A owns over 8,000 acres near Huntsville, of which 1,900 acres are tillable. A crew of 5 guys headed by Rick Beard oversees the 2,000 mother cows. They calve both in the spring and fall and use a combination of trucks and horses for their daily work. Tina Russell manages the office at Circle A North.
Circle A Feeders
Located in the heart of Circle A North. Circle A Feeders is a 5000 head feedlot under roof. The cattle are bedded in saw dust, kept under fans and it is a truly remarkable operation. More details can be found on this website under the “Circle A Feeders” tab. The Feedlot is managed by Rick Beard and Hailee Rank, and the office is managed by Diana Pippin.
Circle A West
Located just south and west of Stockton, MO, the vast majority of Circle A West was acquired in the mid 1990’s. Today, the ranch is over 8,000 acres and runs about 2200 cows and is the sight of Circle A’s heifer development program. Jason Locke is the Manager and has been with Circle A since 1996. The vast of their cows and heifers will be AI bred and cleaned up with Circle A Bulls. Their topography and ranch set up are most conducive to working cattle horseback, which they do almost daily. Patty Mick oversees the office management at Circle A West.