The Diamond Lazy J Ranch began with Joseph Nollette in 1960 with the purchase of 30 acres. Joseph’s ancestors settled the Sandhills of Nebraska in the 1880’s and his great grandfather George Nenzel founded the town of Nenzel, which was incorporated in 1899. Currently, the Diamond Lazy J Ranch partnership was established in 1983 after Joseph’s sudden death and consists of his four sons and families; Greg and Cindy Nollette and their children; Kristin (Nollette) Schlueter and her husband Cory and their Children Grace, Aubrey, Hannah & Emmitt, JoElla (Nollette) Ohri and her husband Danny and children Jake, Emma & Andrew, Stacey (Nollette) Dinklage and husband Aaron, and Heidi (Nollette) Thompson; Tim and Terri Nollette and their children; Brent Nollette and his wife Jennie and daughters Brooklyn & Audrey, Justin Nollette and wife Josyln, and Jana (Nollette) Barnes and husband Connor and sons Alex & Zander, and Louis Nollette and Neal Nollette are Catholic Priests in the Grand Island Diocese. Currently the partnership owns 110 mother cows and has established the ranch headquarters 2 ½ miles south of Nenzel.
Our family has always been able to see the potential for developing the diverse qualities of the Sandhills to provide a nurturing, wholesome, environment that results in top quality cattle and the ability to raise kids with the values of hard work, honesty, and an appreciation for their home and their heritage. We started in the seedstock business in 1989 when the partnership leased the Twisted Willow Angus and Gelbvieh Ranch’s cattle and land. Our kids have shown cattle in 4-H and FFA at the county and state levels and now some of our grandkids have started in those programs. They have won many awards with their calves at both levels, but the biggest rewards were seeing what can happen with hard work and dedication. Greg’s oldest daughter has a Master’s degree in Animal Science and Grazing Livestock Systems, and a daughter that majored in Ag Business. Tim’s oldest son is an Agricultural Education Instructor and FFA Adviser and his other son is pursuing a degree in Ag Business. Greg and Tim are both Agricultural Education Instructors in Cherry Co. Schools. As you can see, agriculture and the future of our communities are very important to our family. If our way of life is going to survive, we must do more than just turn out bulls in the spring, cut hay, and calve cows. We have to be looking to the future and ways to improve our operation and provide a product that the cattleman and consumers desire.