New Website: Cates Farms

Rachel CutrerWebsite Design Features



Cates Farms is a remarkable Shorthorn and row crop farm based out of Modoc, Indiana. What started as a 4-H project of showing Shorthorn cattle quickly became one of the most dominate shorthorn herds in the country. In the late 70’s Rex Cates and his two sons, Brian and Randy started buying shorthorn cattle to start their herd. By the early 80’s they had their first production sale and every year since but one have kept up the tradition. Today the production sale is known as the “Star Search Sale”, which takes place every Saturday on Labor Day Weekend. In the early 90’s Cates Farms had begun to make a name for itself by exhibiting high quality cattle, and producing the famous herd sire to the breed, CF Trump. At that same time the third generation of Cates Farm had begun to make his mark. Tyler Cates, Brian’s son, had returned to the farm with new ideas to keep the operation headed in the right direction. Today Cates Farms has exhibited 20 National Champion or Reserve National Champion Females and 12 National Champion or Reserve Champion bulls. The common theme behind these proud accomplishments is, hard work and customer appreciation.



As one of our longest-running customer accounts, Cates Farms has chosen Ranch House as their website provider since 2003. Like many of our original clients, Rachel has a close relationship with Tyler Cates, because they showed in the American Junior Shorthorn Association together as young junior exhibitors. Rachel’s family has purchased many cattle from Cates Farms through the years, including two of their favorites – CF Fool’s Likeness (who raised 2 Louisville Champion Bulls) and CF Myrtle Bo (a former National and Junior National Grand Champion). We now enjoy working with Cortney Cates on the CF marketing. For this design, Tyler really liked this headshot of one of their sale features. So, we made the main focus this beautiful Shorthorn female. This particular design was also an upgrade from the Cates’ old html website to the WordPress mobile platform.


Shorthorn breeders are so near and dear to our hearts at Ranch House – especially Rachel’s as she grew up showing Shorthorns. All of our websites for Shorthorn cattle farms are mobile responsive, custom designed, and search engine friendly. If you are a Shorthorn breeder and would like to expand your presence online, we would love to hear from you! You an get started by filling out our free price quote form today. From there, one of our project managers will create a custom quote based on your needs and budget. It’s that simple! To learn more about website design, visit our website or email!