​​​Brian and Randy Cates

Breeders of Shorthorn Cattle

Modoc, IN


Brian and Randy Cates started in the Shorthorn industry in 1962 when their father Rex purchased their first 4-H project heifers. Now, over 50 years later, Cates Farms is recognized as one of the most prominent and successful Shorthorn herds in North America. Since the 1980's, the operation has consisted of 150 cows and has extensively utilized artificial insemination and embryo transfer to propagate the elite Shorthorns genetics. The annual fall Cates Farms sale has marketed cattle to neighboring Indiana Shorthorn enthusiasts and to breeders across the United States and Canada.

Exhibiting cattle at major livestock shows is an important part of the Cates operation. The success of the Shorthorn cattle raised at Cates Farms in the show ring has been well documented and has been nothing less than a legendary legacy. Their cattle have dominated local, state, and national shows for 40 years and they have won numerous All-American and National Championships. The cattle have gone on to be successful in different environments and under different management systems. They have raised and owned some of the most dominant sires in the breed for several decades. They have received the highest honor given by the American Shorthorn Association as Builders of the Breed in 1980 and have continued to have a major impact.

Not only has the operation been a sustained leader in the cattle arena, but Brian and Randy have been leaders in the industry. Brian has served as President of the Indiana Shorthorn Association and the American Shorthorn Association. Randy was a member of the 1973 Purdue University National Champion Livestock Judging Team and has served as President of the Indiana Shorthorn Association. Both, Brian and Randy have judged shows across the country.

Congratulations and thank you to Brian and Randy Cates for your leadership and dedication as progressive Shorthorn cattle breeders.​

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