About Us

About Us

       Sunny Day Shorthorns (SDS) is a family owned and operated cattle ranch.  We specialize in quality show cattle.  Our cattle have the right genetics to start a new herd or to improve an existing one.    SDS has been in the business since 1967 for over 40 years and what started as a 4-H project has matured into a healthy enterprise. If you are in the market for a show steer, we have the one you've been looking for.

Our Story

        Sunny Day Shorthorns started out as 4-H project of the three Fanconi sisters, Sheila, Sherri, and Linda.  The three girls purchased their first animals from Don Cardey.  They took those animals and started cow families with them.  They had the Queen family, the Flora family, the Fauna Family, and the Lady family to mention a few.  As the girls grew up they lost interest in the ranch and grew tired.  They went off to college and got married. 

Team Members

Alpha Gipe ::: Sherri Gipe ::: Amanda McKeith ::: Amy Whitfield

Alpha Gipe          Contract Alpha -

How to find us

Directions from the North of Atwater:

  • Take State Hwy 99 South until Applegate Rd. Exit. 
  • Exit Freeway and turn right onto Applegate. 
  • Proceed until Applegate meets with Highway 140 next to the Applegate Market
  • Turn Left onto State Hwy 140.  Proceed a quarter mile.  First driveway on your right with white drop down gate.

Directions from South of Merced.


Sunny Day Shorthorns and the Gipe family have recieved many honors
for their involvement in the Shorthorn breed and beyond.
 Some recent highlights from our ranch include: 


Cattle Awards & Honors

2004-2005 Reserve All American Junior Yearling Bull : SunnyDay Cold Stone 22N 

Website Awards & Honors 


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