Bill is a third generation ranch raised Montanan with an Animal Science/Ag Production degree from Montana State University. He currently serves as the Montana State Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator, is a past Board Member and Merit Heifer Committee Chair at NILE (Northern International Livestock Exposition) and recently completed two terms as an Advisory Board Member for Yellowstone County's METRA PARK Complex where he chaired their newly formed Ag Committee. Bill has a lifetime of experience in Ag production and marketing, and enjoys being outdoors and working with agricultural people. Bill has three married daughters and six grandchildren. He recently relocated to the Fishtail/Absarokee area where he grew up and continues to operate and manage BILL PELTON Livestock, LLC. Bill has the distinction of being first in the industry to develop and use electronic promotion, "e-CattleAds", as a medium to help his clients achieve success. When not working in the business or serving as volunteer to further his lifetime goal of giving back to livestock agriculture he enjoys being horseback, playing golf and spending time with friends and family.
My family settled in the Gallatin Valley near Manhattan, Montana and started raising registered Herefords in 1945. In 1991 we started looking at other breeds and bought our first Red Angus. By 1998 we had dispersed our Herefords and focused all of our efforts on Red Angus. In 2013 we were awarded the National Red Angus Breeders of the Year. We calve approximately 300 cows annually, utilizing artificial insemination and embryo transfer extensively in our operation. We hold an annual Bull Sale in March and the Big Sky Elite female sale every December.
In addition to the ranch, I also work as an independent representative for Superior Livestock Auctions. I market semi loads of cattle through Internet and video auctions throughout the country. I currently market cattle in 3 states with Montana being my main customer base.
I am a 4th generation rancher in the Gallatin Valley. My daughter McKenzie, 14, and my son Hunter, 9, both attend school in Belgrade. If I’m not on the ranch or driving across the state marketing cattle, you can find me at one of their sporting events. McKenzie plays volleyball and basketball, while Hunter enjoys basketball and football. They both enjoy coming out to the ranch to ride horses, move cows, hunt gophers and help dad feed. Between school, sports, and the ranch, they both enjoy hunting, and both share a love of fly fishing.
Mark Osterlund is an associate professor of biology at Rocky Mountain College (RMC). Prior employment experiences included: molecular geneticist in the Forensic and Counterterrorism Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Chief Operations Officer of Floating Islands International - a US-based developer of BioHaven Water Treatment technologies, and biology faculty at Mary Washington University. Mark Osterlund holds a bachelor of science degree from Clemson University, along with two Masters degrees and a PhD from Yale University. In addition to serving RMC, Dr. Osterlund provides website development for Local Livestock Media Group and the Ag Country Network. Mark also provides scientific consulting throughout China regarding water quality and appropriate remediation techniques.