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SS Cattle Company

3315 Schwenkfelder Rd, Cambridge, ID

Royce and Pam Schwenkfelder run the SS Cattle Company with Royce's brother, Bob, and his wife, Bonnie, in the Little Weiser River Valley near Cambridge, Idaho. The broad valley is framed by snow-streaked mountain peaks, and from their back porch, they can see the whole panorama of the mountains, the valley, and their ranch.

"We've been coming up here for quite a few years on horseback or 4-wheelers or whatever, since we got married, and this has kind of always been our spot," says Pam Schwenkfelder. "We've always looked out over the country, and thought that if we could ever build a house someday, this is where we'd build it."

Says Royce Schwenkfelder, "It gives you good perspective. It's beautiful country. You get to look out at the crops and the cattle, and it's just a pretty place to be on earth. We love it."

Royce and Bob are the fourth generation of the Schwenkfelder family to work the family ranch in the Little Weiser River Valley, near Cambridge. Their grandfather from Switzerland homesteaded the place in 1889. They've expanded the ranch to 850 acres of irrigated base property and approximately 4,000 acres of rangeland. They raise hay and other crops and during the summer, they run cattle on various pastures on the ranch, some private leases, and about 130,000 acres of land in the Payette National Forest, on West Mountain and Indian Mountain near Indian Valley.

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