AJ Show Cattle is a family owned business, located in Concord Michigan, on the west side of Jackson County.
Ropp Farms is a family owned operation which had its beginning in 1946. The first cattle were purchased in 1960, which was the start of the cattle operation. Jerry, Jeff's father, sold to several children thought out the county for 4-H animals.
Andrew began showing at an early age and fell in love with the cattle. Showing cattle became a family experience and soon developed in to a passion. In 2008, Jeff, Sonni, and Andrew decided to make their passion and dream a reality and started AJ Show Cattle.
AJ Show Cattle has focused on building a herd around females that have proven top quality genetics and are sound and easy to handle.
With the formation of AJ Show Cattle, the desire to be a top quality producer increased. Andrew has had many successes from winning Grand Champion Steer twice and Reserve Champion Steer at the Jackson County Fair. He has also had class champions in Louisville .Other accomplishments include Grand Champion Steer at the Shorthorn State show and other show throughout the state. AJ Show Cattle has also had success with animals we have sold: County fair Grand Champions, Reserve Grand Champion Shorthorn Plus Heifer and many class winners. We had Grand Champion overall Bull at the Michigan Beef expo in 2010. At the 2011 Beef Expo we had Grand Champion and Reserve Shorthorn Plus and OverAll Shorthorn Grand and Reserve.
Andrew also has developed into a quality showman winning various showmanship and other contest at local, state and national levels..
For Jeff and Sonni not only have we enjoyed watching Andrew showing but it has become family bonding time. There are the countless hours spent breaking, washing, blow drying, walking and fitting animals. Vacations have become loading, traveling, and participating in shows since we were already doing all, this we decided becoming a premier cattle operation was our goal.
We have worked with and continue to develop other kids as well. It is our belief and what we have instilled in Andrew that hard work creates success. We often refer to a quote Andrew used once that said “SUCCESS COMES BEFORE WORK ONLY IN THE DICTIONARY” As we also say “We are in it to win it.”