Erik Ethan Markegard
Erik Markegard is a 6th generation cattle rancher. He was raised on a 2000 acre cattle ranch in San Mateo County. Erik worked along side his father, Larry Markegard as a youth managing or leasing all of the ranches for Peter Folgerand then Neil Young. These lands included the Broken Arrow, Djerassi, SMIP, Eisenhut, Isenburg, McCreery Moore, and San Gregorio ranches. Erik started his own cow/calf business, Flying M Cattle Company in 1985. Two years later he started managing and then leasing the TOTO ranch. When Erik met his wife, Doniga they transformed the cow/calf operation into 100% grass-fed to meet the growing demands for healthy, local, sustainably raised beef.
Examples of Erik's metal art.
Erik enjoying the world around him in Denali, South Africa, Africa, and Kodiak Island.
Scenes from home.
Tracking in Alaska and the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Erik raised Bucking Bulls for Rodeo before he started selling Grass-Fed Beef. This is a picture of Erik's best bull Red Cloud bucking off two time World Champion Cody Hancock in the Reno Rodeo. Red Cloud bucked off a lot great bull riders including Lee Akin at the Salinas Rodeo and two time World Champion Jimmy Sharp in the $85000.00 Mossy Oak round of the PBR. Erik and Red Cloud made the big time in 2001 by qualifying for the PBR finals in Las Vegas.
Erik took a break from Cattle ranching and toured with Neil for a year and a half. Erik always asked Neil if he could go on tour with him, Neil called his bluff in 2003 and Erik performed on stage in front of sold out crowds in venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and the Budokan in Tokyo.