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Thursday, 01 October 2015 21:25

Tiffany and Brian Stoller stand behind Bear Mountain Absolute 5023, a bull that will sell in the 2016 Bear Mountain Angus Annual Bull Sale. (Dharma Blake-Cole | The Wauneta Breeze)


Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing series highlighting businesses in Wauneta and Palisade.

By Dharma Blake-Cole

The Wauneta Breeze


Brian Stoller found a passion at a young age for the cattleman’s lifestyle after showing two Angus steers from a local rancher in California for a 4-H project. He’s been dedicated to the Angus breed ever since.

A year later, his parents bought two Angus heifers  for him and his brother from the Thomas Angus Ranch in Oregon. With these young cows the brothers started getting involved with the junior Angus programs on the state and national level in California.

The ranch Stoller’s parents  owned in California at that time was Bear Mountain Ranch, which they changed to Bear Mountain Angus. They have kept this name throughout their adventures across the country and continue to use the same name today.

In 2001, Stoller moved to Idaho and bought a large Angus operation. He took the Bear Mountain Angus name with  him.

Five years later he sold the land. Stoller, with the help of his parents, looked at a few different locations to move the operation.

Stoller and wife, Tiffany, decided the Palisade area was the right place for them and Bear Mountain Angus.

Bear Mountain Angus currently has one full-time employee, Billy Farr. Children Reagan Skow and McKinley Stoller are also a huge help in all phases of the business.

The Stollers sell their bulls and females annually on the last Thursday in February. Bear Mountain Angus customers are given the opportunity to sell commercial females during the sale.

Bear Mountain Angus currently owns 250 head of cattle. They also artificially inseminate embryos from their own cows and implant them in commercial recipient cows on customers’ farms to perpetuate the  best genetics they have to offer.

The Stollers and their daughter, Reagan, also go to several shows throughout the year to promote their operation.

They participate in the Nebraska State Fair, National Western Stock Show in Denver, National Junior Angus Shows, the Royal in Kansas City and the Northern International Livestock Expo in Billings, Mont.

In early September, Skow showed the Reserve Champion Angus Heifer and Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer at the Nebraska State Fair.

Even though Bear Mountain Angus gets exposure at different shows, the Stollers also use advertisements and word of mouth to get the word out about their business.

Brian and Tiffany enjoy life in Palisade, in the middle of cattle country.

Tiffany commented, “I love the culture and values the small community offers my family.”

Brian also mentioned that  Nebraska has been his favorite out of all the different places he has lived. He commented, “We don’t plan on moving anywhere else any time soon.”

Some challenges the Stollers have faced since moving to Nebraska are getting their name out into the community and surrounding area, finding a new client base and the lack of some modern conveniences.

They have faced these challenges head on.

Brian commented, “The people have been open minded and accepting toward us.”

The Stollers are working hard to prepare everything for their annual sale in February.

They eventually want to be able to sell 250 or more bulls each year along with some quality females.

The Stollers are looking forward to keeping up with all their business entails including daily cow checks and all the challenges that come with the cattleman’s lifestyle.