100 Years Strong!

Our business was founded in 1910. Learn more about Wagonhammer, its history, and the people dedicated to raising TOTAL PERFORMANCE Cattle

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About Us

wagonhammer close up (2)Our business was founded in 1910 by brothers Julius and Max Wolf. They emigrated from Germany in 1895. They were 14 and 16 years old, came without their parents, were penniless, didn’t have a trade, and didn’t speak English. But they believed in the American dream. Now, more than a century later, that dream continues.

Pictured is an actual Wagonhammer.  It was a multipurpose tool used by the pioneers.  It served as the lynch pin that connected the double tree to the wagon, and as a wrench for tightening the nut on the wagon wheel.  It is symbolic of our forefather’s strength, efficiency, and ingenuity.

We believe our ranch is the most beautiful place on earth.  Take a look at these Ranch Photos and see if you agree.  They were taken by our friend Jorn Olsen.  Visit www.jornolsen.com to view more of Jorn’s work.


Jay Wolf

Our Operation

Wagonhammer is a diversified cattle operation located in Nebraska’s majestic Sandhills near Albion and Bartlett, NE. Our registered Angus herd of 400 mother cows produces performance tested bulls and heifers for cattlemen throughout the central US. We have been a source of TOTAL PERFORMANCE cattle for over 50 years. We have been raising Charolais since the 1960s and sell bulls private treaty. Wagonhammer’s dedication to balanced cattle that work in the cow-calf segment as well as the feedlot explain why they are so popular with cattlemen. Wagonhammer understands what cowmen require in their pursuit of profitability. We produce cattle that fill those needs.

It all begins with the cow. A purebred herd backed by over 50 years of AI has been selected for function first. Females must be easy-fleshing, have excellent confirmation, adequate milk, and structural correctness to stand up under commercial ranching conditions. Ease of calving has been emphasized for generations as evidenced by the average Birth EPD of l.4. Many customers sell calves at weaning, thus, Wagonhammer cattle combine growth & eye appeal that attract the feeder calf buyer.

The elite cows of the Wagonhammer commercial herd are bred to raise club calves. Wagonhammer club calves win nationally. View our recent winners on the Walk of Fame. Wagonhammer club calves are truly “The Winning Kind.”

Wagonhammer has a 5000 head feedlot where it feeds calves from its commercial cow herd as well as calves it purchases. We fully understand the importance of carcass traits as we have been collecting carcass information for over 30 years. Wagonhammer calves are known to balance lean red meat production with adequate marbling needed to meet the choice grade. We use our own genetics in our commercial cow herd and follow them through the feed yard. This allows us to judge first hand how our cattle perform from birth to plate. They work for us and we’re confident they’ll work for you.


Jim Wolf

Family History

Wagonhammer is owned and managed by the Jay Wolf family. The business was founded in 1910 by brothers Julius and Max Wolf. They were followed by Julius’ son Jim.  Jim was a state and national leader in agricultural, public service, and charitable organizations.  Jim headed up Wagonhammer from 1949 until he passed away in 2002.  Jim’s wife, Elaine, was his partner in everything he did.  She was the matriarch of Wagonhammer and served her community in many ways until her passing in 2016.

Jim’s son, Jay, joined the business in 1984.  Jay is the President and General Manager of Wagonhammer.  He and his wife, Susie, have raised the fourth generation of Wolfs in Albion.


The Wagonhammer Crew

Wagonhammer is blessed with many long-term loyal employees. They’ve been with us an average of 12 years. That is a lot of dedication and experience working for you. They include Arlyn Wilke, Feedlot Manager/Farm Manager; Steve Shermer, Ranch Manager; Joe Epperly, Seedstock Manager; Bill Ketteler, Asst Feedlot/Farm Manager;  Micah Krohn, Office Manager; Don Kahl, Tom Shaw, Alan Snider, Steve Cloeter, Lynn Lincoln, Rod Sherburne, Shawn McBride, Jim Beal, Justin Blackburn, Aaron Rees, Steve Growcock, and Taylor Nelson.  Visit our Wagonhammer Crew page to learn about each member of our team.

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