In the early 1800s, during the era of peak manifest destiny, the Bouldin ancestors trekked across frontiers to claim a parcel of land in Southwest Missouri. This audacious journey laid the groundwork for a rich legacy as a line of farmers and ranchers, establishing the resilient roots from which Homeplace has grown.
The Bouldins weren’t cattlemen from the start. Rather they focused predominantly on row crops, with soybeans thriving in the fertile soil of the James River Valley.
Over time, the transition leaned towards a dairy operation, featuring Holsteins and Jerseys. This marked the family's first significant venture into the cattle industry.
In the late '70s and early '80s, a pivotal decision was made to phase out the dairy operation and establish a registered Black Angus herd. With a focus on incorporating some of the industry's finest genetics, Riverview Farms began to take shape. Led by Joe Bouldin and his son Bryan, they eventually made their mark, with Bryan rising to the position of Chairman of the NJAA. Achieving success in the region, they gradually expanded nationally, earning acclaim at prominent shows such as the National Western, NAILE, and American Royal.
Over time, the farm underwent a transformation into a commercial Black Angus herd, spanning a larger operation in Missouri and a smaller one in Colorado. In 2011, when Joe Bouldin passed away, a critical decision loomed regarding the farm's future. The consensus emerged to relocate the entire operation to Colorado, marking the initiation of the next phase centered on registered genetics. This chapter carried the name Homeplace, a tribute to the original homestead and a profound commitment to honor Joe Bouldin's legacy.
In response to the surging popularity of the Red Angus breed, the decision to pivot in that direction became evident, signifying the beginning of our next significant venture. Upholding our unwavering commitment to cattle quality, we expanded the herd from only two registered heifers to what Homeplace has become today. Along the journey, we've garnered additional accolades, securing recognition in familiar places.
As time passed, we exceeded our initial constraints. Recognizing the challenges of sustaining further growth in Colorado, the decision was clear: relocation was necessary. Returning to familiar roots where there were no constraints on expansion, we opted to scale down our Colorado operation and establish the main ranch in Collins, Missouri. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in Homeplace's history—one defined by a mindset of growth and expansion, all while unwaveringly maintaining our commitment to quality.