Overview and HistoryThe Ranch
Diamond G Ranches—seven locations sprawled over 250,000 acres in Washington and Iron counties in Southern Utah—with Zion National Park as a backdrop, are home to Steve and Cyndi’s contracted livestock. Ranging in elevation from 3,400 to 12,000 feet, the animals are free to roam, allowing the rocky, rugged land to keep them in prime rodeo condition.
The main Diamond G Ranch headquarters, located in Toquerville, Utah, is where Steve and Cyndi reside. Here they enjoy a comfortable way of life, with wide open spaces and several of their best livestock, including White Magic.
Another ranch at Anderson Junction, about 3 miles wide and 17 miles long around the I-15 corridor, is private and government ground.
Near the historic iron mines of Iron County, Diamond G’s 40-70 bulls roam—from yearlings to 3 years old. Here, they learn “how to be bulls”—they get “legged up” for their future battles with cowboys both professional and otherwise. Other than a quick ride-through or fly-over, these livestock never see people. This rugged terrain is bucking bull training ground.
The Gilberts’ take the bred cows to the Peaceful Valley Desert Ranch to calve in the spring, covered with feed that allows the cows to thrive. Breeding begins in April so calves aren’t born in the heart of winter. This arrangement is ideal for breeding and birthing. In the last 4 years (2012-2015) 150 calves were born and all survived. In addition there is a 40 acre farm, just 20 miles west of Cedar City with pasture to raise 50 head of livestock to breed in the summer.