About Us

The “TNT Simmental Ranch” started selling bulls in 1985 with original owners Kevin and Lynette Thompson of Almont, North Dakota. 

We place a strong emphasis on fleshing ability, performance, udder quality and high maternal traits. We are very proud of our cattle and feel you will be proud of “The Explosive Difference” they will make for you. We truly have a passion for this business and love breeding cattle with the never-ending pursuit to try and make them better. Thank you for your interest.

Shanon & Gabriel Erbele and Family

We as a family have been blessed to have the opportunity to carry-on TNT Simmentals, that my parents have done such a wonderful job with over the past 3+ decades. They have done so much for the Simmental breed and we hope that with their continued guidance and support, we can continue to carry-on that impact for years and generations to come.

The knowledge and work ethic we have gained from working alongside Mom and Dad is priceless. There is something special about growing up on a ranch and then being able to continue that into your own family. We truly do have a passion for cattle and enjoy how it brings our family together, working through all the various aspects of the operation.  

We continue to be busy chasing after our 6 kids on a daily basis! They are all very active in many school and community activities, but we still make sure that they find time to help out on the ranch! They all play a big role in the day-to-day activities, and we love the various interests they have in the ranch! Gabe’s brother Paul and dad, Robert, are a big part of the operations. We are very appreciative that they are willing and able to help us make this all possible.

We continue to grow our herd and will be calving 285 registered cows this year, with a larger majority having bull calves, along with 20 commercial cows that Paul owns, while still doing some custom feeding as well.

We began purchasing cows from Dad and Mom in 2014 and have continued to grow our herd off of theirs ever since. In the fall of 2020 we purchased 90 of their top young cows that were all carrying bull calves, so with adding these top females to our current herd, we feel we have an excellent set of bulls to offer you, and Dad we will also be selling 25 of his bulls with us this year as well. We purchased an additional 70 young cows carrying bull calves from them this fall and plan to purchase a majority of their cows from them over the next few years as they phase out of the seedstock end of things. Dad will continue to mentor and guide us as we continue to grow our operation. We cannot begin to thank them enough for all the help they have been to us and our family through this process. Without them, this sale would not be possible and we know that they are thrilled that we carrying-on what they have worked so hard to create.

The bulls will not go through the ring, but will sell by video this year with Seth Weishaar again as our auctioneer. The bulls will be penned right outside the sale facility by 9 a.m. for your viewing and will stay in those pens until the conclusion of the sale. The sale will be broadcast live on DVAuction and we will have sale reps here and phone bidding will be available for anyone who isn’t able attend. We will have a video of each bull on our website and on DVAuction. We do encourage you to try to get out and see the bulls in person ahead of sale day. They are all being fed at our ranch at Lehr. Don’t hesitate to call us or Dad to go over any of the bulls.

We do not creep feed the calves, so what you see is what the dam produced. As with much of the region, we were in an extreme drought for most all of 2021. We were planning to wean the calves real early due to the drought, but we got a few inches of rain mid-August that allowed us to keep them on grass a few weeks longer until we weaned on Sept 22nd. Dad’s bulls were weaned Sept 18th and were raised at his place until weaning, so they are in their own contemporary for weaning, but were included with ours from then on. We feel ratioing the bull in one large contemporary group gives you a more accurate comparison against the whole herd. We started them out on a high fiber, medicated creep feed two weeks prior to weaning and kept them on that with free choice hay for a few days after while fence line weaning them, and then moved them into their big pens. There the bulls were fed a TMR ration formulated with the help of our nutritionalist, Heather Hilger, of Purina Feeds. The bulls are not being pushed hard. They were worked up to what they are currently being fed in early December. We really like this ration that has a high percentage of alfalfa high-moisture baleage in it, which is higher in protein and they consume it really well. Our goal is to have an ADG around 3.50, and this year they were averaging 3.92 on a 103-day test. We feel the performance minded genetics along with the nice fall conditions contributed to the higher gains.

We invite you to come to the ranch any time and view the cattle and see the way we manage our herd. We feel this is a tremendous offering of bulls that we are proud to represent. This is the first year in a long time that we do not have any ET calves in the offering and over 95% of the dams are home raised. I feel this shows the ability of our cows to raise top end bulls from the first to the last. We are hoping to flush a few of our top end cows this spring. We place a strong emphasis on fleshing ability, performance, docility, udder quality, and high maternal traits. We are proud of our cattle and feel you will be proud of “The Explosive Difference” they will make for you.

We, along with Dad, truly have a passion for this business and love breeding cattle with the never-ending pursuit to try to make them better. We will continue to stand behind what we sell just as Dad and Mom have, with high integrity and honesty backing all of our business operations. We hope you will continue to give us the great support you have given Dad and Mom these past years. Thank you for your current and past interest in TNT Simmentals! 

Kevin and Lynette Thompson

Hello from the TNT Simmental Ranch! I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. It is like I went to bed and when I woke up, 20 years had gone by. I guess when you enjoy what you are doing, it really goes fast. When my parents lost the farm in Iowa, I felt like I needed to find a way to farm or ranch on my own. I never thought I would live in ND… I thought I would be a pig farmer in Missouri!!! I guess God had other plans.

There were two things I really prayed for…first was to find the right person to be my wife, and second was to be able to farm or ranch on my own someday. The Good Lord certainly answered my prayers. Lynette has been by far my biggest blessing. She made my goals her goals, and has worked beside me through this entire journey. Our early years were a real struggle. She went without, so the ranch could have. Looking back now on our life, those are now some of our most treasured moments and we learned so much through it all. Struggles can be a good thing. So many things that happened along the way…moving here, buying cows with no collateral other than the cows we were buying, finding enough land to rent in the area, and ending up buying this place…the list just goes on and on. Prayers do get answered!

Now after 35 years, we’ve decided to slow down. It is really hard for me to do, I’ve done it so long, I don’t know anything else, but we have gotten older, and I feel it is only fair to Lynette and our family that we spend more time making memories, rather than working so hard to make money. It seems like the cattle have always come first. We will continue to sell bulls, but are not exactly sure how yet. It may be private treaty or a timed online auction. We hope you will still consider us when it comes to your bull needs. We will be calving over 300 cows with a few ET calves also born at Shanon and Gabe’s

Shanon and Gabe have been growing their registered herd and are raising more bulls each year. Last year 18 of the bulls are theirs and next year they will have even more. Their family really has a passion for the cattle as well, and are doing a great job of expanding their operation over by Napoleon. We plan to scale back our cow herd a lot more. Shanon’s family is trying to decide if they are wanting to purchase more cows from us, and continue on with their own Annual Sale or also sell privately. There are still a lot of big decisions to be made.

Our family is all healthy and doing well! The 15 grandkids bring us so much joy! We are getting pretty busy attending the 4 oldest grandkids sporting events, plus school and church programs and rodeos, etc. We also really enjoy that they are starting to come and help us out here at the ranch, now and then too.

We truly want to thank our family and all of our customers. You are the ones that have made the TNT Simmental Ranch a success! Over the past 35+ years we have worked hard at this, and have gotten to know so many wonderful people in the process. So many of our customers have also become our very best lifelong friends. We could never ask for a better set of dedicated customers that have supported us over all of these years.

We are so proud of our family also. Our kids have gone above and beyond to help us meet our goals and fulfill our dreams. They have all learned to work hard and accomplish much in life, but most importantly have grown up to be wonderful adults and now wonderful parents to our 15 very special grandchildren! We are blessed beyond words!