Bell Rawhide Ranch - Roy and Tamara Bell

Cass County
2017

Roy grew up on a small farm near Motley in north central Minnesota’s Cass County. After his father passed away when Roy was six years old, his mother remarried and Roy began helping his stepfather with the dairy farm. This began a lifelong career in farming and ranching that would take Roy to ranches in Minnesota, Colorado, Idaho and Oregon.

Tamara owned her own farm in Ottertail County before she married Roy in 2005. Roy has three children: Katie, Cody and Sam. Tamara has a daughter, Kassandra.

Today, Roy and Tamara work side-by-side with the daily operation of their ranch. The ranch is home to 380 cow/calf pairs and 20 horses. The Bells own over 500 acres and rent another 2,500. They currently put up 300 acres of hay but eventually want to buy all their hay and run more cows. The Bells rotational graze their animals. Roy has also raised and sold well broke ranch horses, which helped when cattle prices were low.

In addition to her involvement on the ranch, Tamara works as a cook at Motley school. Roy has been an active member of the Minnesota Grazing Lands Association and has been in leadership of the Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association. He also spent six years on the Minnesota Beef Council.

Roy and Tamara are members of the Motley Free Methodist Church.

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