|The beginning of 7
Triangle 7 Cattle Co. dates back to 1934 when W.H. Miller sent his
son (14 year old Harold Miller – later to be Harold Miller, Sr.) and
a brother to establish a new farm for the family in Colorado. The
family needed to move to a “higher and dryer” climate for the health
of his wife Eliza, who annually battled pneumonia at their southeast
W.H. “Bill” Miller soon
founded a commercial cattle herd along with substantial wheat
farming acres. The premise for the cattle was to make them be “good-uns”.
Bill Miller had the foresight that if he was going to use the best
bulls he could, then he needed to “retain ownership” and sold the
cattle as “fats” through the old Denver stockyards commission
company, John Clay & Co. It was always an “Akron event” when Bill
Miller was shipping “fats” to Denver, with other cattlemen wanting
to see how good they were for that year and the cattle consistently
topped the market.
Triangle 7 brand was acquired by Harold Miller, Sr. in 1945 when he
returned home from serving in the Army-Air Corp in England during
World War II. He and Phyllis married and started their own
operation, ¼ mile from the current home of 7 Triangle 7. The 7
Triangle 7 was an original homestead brand in Washington County,
Colorado where it continues to be used by the Millers.
Harold Miller, Jr. has been “co-using” the brand since he bought his
first calf with his own money in 1952. Since returning home from
Viet Nam in 1971, Harold Miller has been engaged in some facet of
the livestock industry. The “brand” has since been worn by stockers,
commercial cows and calves, and registered seedstock – Angus and
Hereford. When Harold and Cheryl’s son Mark started raising and
showing his own registered cattle, he also became a co-owner of the
brand with Harold Miller, Sr. and Harold & Cheryl Miller. The
original “home place,” founded by “Bill” Miller, is just across the
section from the current 7 Triangle 7.
Quality has always been
paramount with the Miller’s and today that includes a lot of data
from the breed databanks to analyze along with visual appraisal.