Missoula, MT WW/Press/November 5, 2020 – Walter E. “Wally” Congdon, Chief Deputy, County Attorney with The Lake County Courthouse was selected into the Top Attorneys of North America 2020-2021 edition by The Who’s Who Directories.
Wally’s secret to success is “Ethics and Butt Power.”
Walter E. “Wally” Congdon is the Chief Deputy County Attorney for Civil Matters
Always one to give the most of himself in any endeavor he pursues, Wally served as a board member of the American Highland Cattle Association for 10 years. He is a member of the Highland Cattle Foundation and currently Vice President of the Montana Cattlemen’s Association. He is also a member of the Agriculture Committee for the Missoula Chamber of Commerce.
Wally’s passionate love of ranching and farming started in 1970 when he went to work for Grange Alves and Bernard McLeod in Arlee. In 1974, he signed on with Carl Rostad of White Sulfur Springs. In 1995, Wally, along with his two children, Ona and Sam, and his late wife Ann moved to the newly purchased Garr Canyon Ranch in Dell, Montana. Big Sky Natural Beef was established in 1998. The family is actively ranching today, raising free-range Scottish Highland cattle.
You would never know the guy delivering your beef in jeans and tennis shoes is a well-known Montana lawyer. He assuredly can tell you all about the cattle and where your beef comes from. He sells 150 plus head a year – cut and wrapped to hospitals, food stores, restaurants and private individuals. The hospitals are especially interested in his beef because of the all-natural way the animals are raised and processed. Thus, enabling individuals with celiac or Crohn’s Disease to consume meat.
Wally is a charter and ten-year member of the Ridge Runners 4-H club. He has served with various clubs for the past 40 years including 4-H as a leader and mentor. Each year 4-H youth raise several of his bum Highland calves. He is also actively involved with FFA, teaching about meat, cuts, quality assurance and structure to yield in Montana and Wyoming and often in Canada regarding the same. He is actively involved with Winter Fair/Winter Fest in Bozeman by supervising the agriculture barn and visiting with thousands a day. He tells people Elvis isn’t dead, he’s in the building. He just doesn’t tell them that Elvis is his prized Highland bull.
From 1984-1985, Wally was awarded a full ride Rotary Scholarship to attend Massey University, the largest Agriculture College in the Southern Hemisphere, in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He received a graduate diploma with a degree in Rural Towns and Regional Land Use Planning. While in New Zealand, he traveled around the country speaking to Rotary Clubs and organizations about agriculture and land use planning in the United States.
Wally was inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame receiving the Living Award – Walter E. ‘Wally’ Congdon, for District 11 (Mineral, Missoula, & Ravalli Counties) in 2019.
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