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Submitted photo Melvin Leland. Photo by NDCHF.

Melvin J. Leland was born on January 14, 1944 in Sidney, Montana to Tony and Mary (Link) Leland. He grew up on his father’s family farm. His father died in 1948, so Leland began helping out on the ranch at a young age.

He attended school in western McKenzie County and Sydney High School. He earned a BS degree in animal and animal sciences from North Dakota State University, Fargo in 1966. Leland married Luella Mary Roedeske in 1967 and they had three children. After his mother’s death in 1971, he bought his sister’s and brother’s shares.

In 1980 the couple bought an adjoining ranch and in 2005 another. They began marketing Red Angus bulls in 1971 and became known as the Leland Red Angus Ranch. They have held annual production sales for many years.

The Leland’s son, Todd, is now in partnership with his father and they breed over 500 registered bitches annually. Daughter Tracey and husband provide bulls for the annual sale, and daughter Tana’s husband serves as a ranch vet.

Leland has been a member of many associations for many years, including McKenzie County Grazing, North Dakota Stockmen’s, FFA Alumni, Mon-Dak Stockgrowers, Montana Stockgrowers, ND Red Angus, and Sunnyside Cemetery Associations. He is also a ranch rodeo team sponsor from 1997 to 2011. Leland has actively served many organizations over the years.

He has been recognized as Society for Range Management Rangeman of the Year, Saddle and Sirloin Farmer of the Year, McKenzie County Soil Conservation, NDSU Agriculturalist of the Year, Red Angus Breeder of the Year, Montana Red Angus President’s Award and ND Stockmen’s Association Honorary membership price.

Leland believes herd, pasture and land management are the backbone of her successful ranch operation, and predictable cattle performance has always been a priority.

Melvin and Luella Leland are members of the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Melvin Leland was inducted into the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2012 in the modern era ranching category.

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