The incredible journey of the Sauer Family began in 1899 when Johannes Sauer and Christina Sterkel embarked on a 28-day honeymoon voyage to the United States. As German-Russian immigrants, they left Norka, Russia, arrived in Galveston, Texas, and eventually settled in Denver with the help of a sponsoring family member. Together, they raised seven children: Katherine, Pauline, John, Harry, Leona, Dan, and Randolph.
Johannes tirelessly worked at the Denver Smelter, saving between $1.50 and $2.50 per day. In 1909, he finally fulfilled his dream of owning livestock when he purchased a 40-acre farm near Johnstown, Colorado. However, the family experienced a tragic loss in 1917 when Johannes, only 43, passed away after lifting a hog and tearing his aorta. As a widow, Christina raised their children with John Sauer, Sr., the eldest son, who left school at just 12 to support the family.
Despite the hardships, the Sauer family persevered, working together to expand their farm. With each passing year, Christina's children established their own families and farm properties, carrying on the legacy. In 1939, John Sauer, Sr. married Rachel Spade, and they had four children of their own.
John Sauer, Sr. took over the family beef operation in 1953, expanding the business further by incorporating a dairy cow herd. His son, Henry, joined him, and together they worked side-by-side until John's passing in 1987.
Henry Sauer, born in 1945, crossed paths with his wife, Cindy, a city girl from Lakewood, Colorado, during their time at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. With a degree in Animal Production, Henry devoted his life to his passion for farming, dairying, and cattle feeding.
He expanded the family acreage inherited from his grandfather and father, ensuring the preservation of the family tradition for future generations. Together, Cindy and Henry raised three children. Unfortunately, Henry passed away in 2005, but he had already equipped their young sons, Abe and Alex, with his knowledge to sustain the operation.
Abe, born in 1970, earned his degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University in 1993. During his time at CSU, Abe excelled in Track and Cross-Country and is now happily married to Christine. Together they are blessed with three children.
Born in 1975, Alex obtained a degree in Farm and Ranch Management from Colorado State University in 1997. During his time at CSU, he had the pleasure of meeting his wife Tracy, and together, they are blessed with four children.
The story of the Sauer Family is one of resilience, determination, and a deep-rooted love for good, natural beef. As a 5th-generation family farm, the Sauers acknowledge the importance of upholding their cherished principles passed down through generations: