The operation was moved to a larger farm in 1969 in order to grow the registered herd under the banner of Kittiwake Farm. Most of the seed stock was purchased from Pete Ginsbach in South Dakota, R W Jones in Leslie, Georgia, Beartooth Ranch in Montana and Anchor X Ranch in Lampasas, Texas.
The Registered herds were dispersed in 1985 as the sun set on Kittiwake Farm, but were started up again in 2005 in Connerville, Oklahoma by Grady and Connie Sparks on the 9147 acre Sparks Ranch. The ranch raised Registered Angus purchased from top breeders in Oklahoma, Registered Herefords with seedstock purchased from Knollcrest Farms in Virginia, Huth in Wisconsin, Topp Herefords in North Dakota and others. Sparks Ranch also ran 800 commercial Beefmaster cows and later 500 commercial Red Angus cows.
The Oklahoma cow herds were dispersed in 2010 and Grady and Connie Sparks started a small registered Hereford herd in Auburn, Alabama.
Garry Drummond, a close friend of Grady’s, invited Grady to take a helicopter ride to look at some strip mined reclaimed land. This land had been planted with a variety of grasses instead of pine trees, which was the normal practice.
Seeing several thousand acres of grass “lit a fire” in Grady to return to his childhood dream of raising registered cattle in a profitable way.
Today, the operation consist of 200 registered Hereford and 200 registered Angus females with the headquarters at the Cullman County ranch near Hanceville, Alabama and satellite ranches at Jasper, Alabama and Auburn, Alabama.
Ron Dugger is manager of Drummond Sparks Beef and has been involved in the cattle business for over 35 years, the last 12 years in the purebred cattle industry. Ron brings extensive experience in cattle genetics and hard work to the operation.
The legal entity is Drummond Mine Ranch, LLC with marketing under the banner of Drummond Sparks Beef.
The goal of our cattle operations is to provide the best beef genetics and support services for our customers to allow them the opportunity to realize a profit from their cattle business.