Shiloh Ranch Cowboy Church (SRCC) in Powell Butte Oregon launched the 1017 Cattle Project on March 23, 2014 with 9 mature cows. With the support of community individuals, the objective was to provide an annual and sustainable supply of beef to local food banks, while strengthening ministry outreach in the local community. Throughout the nation, Cowboy Church's utilize cattle for various ministry activity based programs. Cattle are typically purchased on an annual basis or leased from independent contractors. SRCC's desire was to expand this ministry outreach into an additional program that feeds people in the community. This concept developed into the “1017 Project” based on 1 Corinthians 10:17 “Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.”
Now, using resources from within various cowboy churches across the nation, the 1017 Project is building and sustaining a herd of cattle that provides beef - free of charge – to needy families within local churches and surrounding areas. We believe a hands-on ministry that locks arms with it's community should be the goal of every person in the church; and the 1017 Project does just that, while bringing into the storehouse some of the best nourishment available, in order to feed families who might not otherwise receive high quality protein. The added dimension of providing a year-round training outlet for the thriving cowboy culture that surrounds the church property makes this ministry to a wide array of rural and urban citizens as easy as feeding a cow. Specifically, ownership of mother cows has allowed production of “1017 calves” annually with no ongoing purchase costs.
As of January 2016, there were over 145 herd cows in production with a growing herd of 235 head. To date, the program has distributed more than 10,000 pounds of meat to hungry families and individuals in need. The 1017 Project has also allowed use of the cattle for ministry- based arena activities, thereby reaching members of the local community as they take advantage of the church facilities and livestock to hone their ranching and competitive skills.