Welcome to Lazy Vista Ranch
Located in Maxwell, NE
About 10 miles southeast of North Platte you will find the heart of Lazy
Vista Ranch nestled in the Loess Canyons of Nebraska. Cody and Becky
Shellabarger are the owners of this beautiful scenic ranch (hence the
name Lazy Vista).
Becky started her life helping out on the family farm around Valentine
Nebraska and has since spent the remainder of her time in the care
giving industry. First as a CNA then working her way up to being a
clinical coordinator. In the Summer of 2015, Becky and Cody purchased a
campground at Lake Maloney, named CB's Hideaway. Becky then decided to
step back from being a care giver and concentrate on running the
campground. In April of 2023 we decided to sell the campground to allow us to spend more of our time at the Ranch. Becky brings her care giving skills and love for animals
to this wonderful environment. She spends hours each day working with
the calves at Lazy Vista Ranch, hand feeding, brushing, halter training,
and just admiring the shear beauty of these amazing animals.
While in junior high and high school Cody worked on a family farm south
of Cambridge, Nebraska. This is where Cody fell in love with the idea
that some day he would own his own farm or ranch. Cody is a U.S.
Veteran, serving both in the United States Navy and Nebraska National
Guard. Cody started his civilian career as a Parts Manager for a
Toyota Dealership in North Platte, NE. In 2009 Cody started his own
mowing and snow removal business and has serviced clients including
Walmart, FedEx, Hobby Lobby, Union Pacific Railroad, and numerous local
businesses. In 2010, Cody started taking care of the property that Lazy
Vista Ranch encompasses. At first sight of this property, Cody knew
that God willing he would some day own this beautiful piece of land. In
2020 this dream came true for Cody and Becky!
After much research, Cody and Becky decided on Scottish Highlands as
their choice breed. They are very docile, easy to handle and halter
train, easy keepers and the meat is lower in cholesterol and fat, but
higher in protein than all other breeds of cattle. Highland cattle are one of the oldest registered breed of cattle with a Herd Book being published
in 1885. Highlands require little in the way of shelter, feed
supplements, or expensive grains to achieve and maintain good condition
and fitness. In fact, Highland cattle seem to enjoy conditions in which
many other breeds would perish.
Here at Lazy Vista Ranch we are raising and developing Scottish Highland cattle that can thrive in hill country with less than ideal forage where commercial cattle just won't cut it, similar to where they originated from. The Highlands we raise are moderate framed, easy fleshing, with good feet and udders all while striving to maintain the original
Highland breed standards along with creating easy handling animals for
people to work with whether it be for Show stock, breeding stock, or
just a personal pet for a small acreage.
In our fold you will find bloodlines from: Bairnsley Highlands, Gilchrist, Bennachie Farms, LEA-White Farms, Drover Hill, EZ Acres, Trafalgar Square Farms,Cobblestone Farms, Holy Cross, LSR, Eagles Nest, J bar T, HSC, Colored Rain, Thistledown's, Summit Ranch, Symbiosis Ranch, Schon Boden's, and Elm Hollow. With names like Finley Falls Duncan, Gusgurlach of Windrush. Orison of Culfoich, Samhach Buidhe of Bairnsley, DH Exclusive, DH Excitement HSC Steel Reserve, HSC Rebel's Jack, LEA Haaken, Trafalgar Nathan, DH Montgomery, Sunset Rebel Yell, CBS Yaz's Yukon Jack,Skye High Wayward Son, Top Gun 1 of Mapleview, STR Homeland, Symbiosis Lady Taelyn, Summit Ranch Shaelyn, Symbiosis Lady Whitsby, Windemere Fancy and many more quality animals!
COMING SOON: Zeus of Swains, Summit Ranch Uzzi, and Jock of Mapleview offspring!