original ranch headquarters
The original ranch headquarters south of Hanover, Kansas.

weighs a new calf
Lester Laue weighs
a new calf.

1973 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Lester Laue with Brant, judging the 1973 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. They returned to Canada to judge the Red Bonanza as a team in 2001.

burning native grass pasture
Brant Laue burning native grass pasture.

hugging a favorite cow
LeAnna Laue hugs a favorite cow. Did we mention the disposition of our cowherd?

putting a lot of elbow grease into that comb
A young Lisa Laue, putting a lot of elbow grease into that comb.


Hanover, Kansas 66945

Lester & LeAnna Laue - 785.337.2600
Brant Laue - 913.541.8982


"A tradition in Charolais quality"


  • Laue Ranch bulls top the Kansas Bull Test as first and second high-indexers. The sons of LCL Gus and LCL Male Carrier both gained 5.2 lbs./day and indexed 125 and 124. Check them out on the Bulls for Sale page.
  • We now have ranch geldings and other horses for sale. To see them, go to our Quarter Horses page.
  • Laue Ranch Racing Stable unveils new stakes filly Love Cove. Check it out at our Thoroughbreds page.
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Lester, LeAnna, and Brant Laue
Lester, LeAnna, and Brant Laue – 142 years of combined Charolais experience.

Laue Ranch is among the oldest and largest producers of purebred Charolais cattle in the central United States. Our base of operations is the fertile valley of the Little Blue River in Washington County, Kansas, with partner herds in South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas. The ranch home, on the hill east of Hanover, overlooks the Oregon Trail and the “Cottonwood Ranch” Pony Express Station, a national historic site.

Laue Charolais Ranch map location

Lester and LeAnna Laue have devoted their lives to building and operating the ranch. Both are natives of the Hanover, Kansas area, and attended the local schools. Lester returned to the area after serving in the United States Navy during the Korean War. In addition to thousands of Charolais cattle, they raised two children on the ranch, son Brant and daughter Lisa. The Laues are familiar faces at major livestock events, and have held numerous leadership positions in the industry and their community. Lester was the founding president of the Bluestem Charolais Association, an officer of the Kansas Charolais Association, and a committee member of the American-International Charolais Association. He has served on local bank, school, cemetery, and airport boards. LeAnna Laue is active in the church, serves on the county tourism board, and was a 4-H leader.

The Laue’s son Brant has been involved with Charolais cattle his entire life. As a youngster, he was national vice president of the junior Charolais association. More recently, he served as President of the Kansas Charolais Association and Chairman of the Rules and Ethics Committee of the American-International Charolais Association. He is an honors graduate of Oral Roberts University and the Cornell Law School. In addition to his involvement with the ranch, he served as a law clerk to a federal judge and as a Justice Department attorney during the Reagan Administration, and currently maintains a law practice in Kansas City. He also serves as a Vice Chairman of the American Royal Livestock, Horse Show, and Rodeo in Kansas City.

Historic native stone buildings
We are proud of our historic native stone buildings constructed in the 1870s from limestone quarried on the ranch.

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