The Ranch

Padlock Ranch Company is a diversified cow-calf, farm, and feedlot operation.  It is a multi-generational family business that started in the 1940’s by the Scott Family.  The family still owns the ranch today.  Our operations span from Ranchester, Wyoming on the south to Hardin, Montana to the north.  The cow-calf enterprise is managed extensively with year-round grazing of most mature cows.  We calve in May and June and wean calves in the fall of the year.  Weaning depends on feed and cow conditions, but usually occurs in October and November.  Calves are weaned into a grow yard near Dayton, Wyoming.  Irrigated and dryland farm ground support the cow-calf and feedlot enterprises.  Farm production includes corn silage, haylage, alfalfa and grass hay, hay barley, and barley grain.  Corn silage, which is grown under center pivots, makes up the base of calf growing rations.  Calves are grown to weigh approximately 800 lbs and are typically shipped as yearlings in the spring of the year or held over as replacement heifers.  Most yearlings are sold but retained ownership to finish is always an option if market conditions warrant. The feed yard is also used to add weight and value to cull stock animals. The ranch is managed to fulfill 5 interrelated purposes.  In other words, success depends on achieving balance across the purposes and fulfilling the goals in each area.  The five purposes that provide this framework are:  1) financial excellence, 2) excellent people, 3) natural resource sustainability, 4) positive member of the community (local and national), and 5) to be an emblem for the Scott Family.

Mission Statement

It is our mission to manage the resources and assets of the ranch for long-term sustainability, while conserving and improving our environment and communities. We must fulfill our vision statement by operating in a manner consistent with our values.

Padlock Purposes

Financial Excellence

Financial excellence leads to profit, which allows for growth and improvement. It is necessary for reinvestment in land, livestock, machinery, and job opportunities that make the Padlock Ranch known not for its size but for its quality.

Excellent People

Having the right people is the key to the success of the Padlock Vision. The Padlock Ranch is committed to hiring the most competent and dedicated people and fairly rewarding them for their achievements with salary, education and advancement. The ranch's duty is to provide a safe and friendly work environment where each employee will feel challenged and appreciated. The Padlock Ranch is a family ranch and is actively involved with the good health and happiness of each employee and his or her family.

Natural Resource Sustainability

The Padlock Ranch sets a standard of stewardship that can be used as an example for future generations. We try to take care of our natural resources in a way that we can take pride in, and protecting our environment and the local wildlife is very important to us.

Positive Member of the Community

We continually strive to improve our communities and strengthen relationships with our neighbors. It is important to us that the surrounding areas are better off for neighboring the Padlock Ranch. .

Emblem for the Scott Family

We are always working to make sure that we are a ranch that the Scott Family can be proud of. We want them to be able to take pride in the way that we uphold our values and run our business.