The Hoagland Family has been in business since 1891 and owns various agricultural holdings in several states. J&N Ranch was established by Joe and Norma Hoagland in 1978 to produce registered cattle. The ranch is located along the Missouri River, just north of Kansas City in Leavenworth County, Kansas. The family also owns the Gunbarrel Ranch in Eskridge, Kansas, and the F. Morgan Feedyard. Joe Hoagland was the Director of International Activities for the American Hereford Association in 1985.


The ranch began operations raising Herefords and owned RB L1 Domino 970, sire of back-to-back National Champion bulls in the early 1980’s. In 1992, a registered Angus herd was added and in 1997 the ranch purchased the American Black Hereford Association and the majority of the foundation cow herd used to create the Black Hereford breed from the estate of John Gage of Eudora, Kansas. Shortly after 2000, the ranch dispersed their Hereford and Angus cowherds to concentrate solely on raising Black Herefords. Currently the ranch runs about 180 Black Hereford cows and has a Production Sale on the 2nd Saturday in February each year.