2016 NCBA Past President
Philip Ellis is a fifth generation rancher who stewards a commercial cow-calf operation on Bear Creek near Chugwater in southeast Wyoming. Philip’s ancestors settled in that area in 1883 and established several ranches. The current ranch which is Marsh and Ellis Ranch, LLC,, where Philip resides. The ranch was established in 1923 by his Great-uncle Earl Marsh. Philip’s father, Bill Ellis, starting helping on the ranch at age 11 and became a full partner when he returned from World War II. In 1991, Philip took over the day-to-day management and has since given that responsibility to his nephew, Jacob.
Originally, the Marsh and Ellis Ranch was a stocker operation then a purebred Hereford herd was added. Now it is a commercial cow-calf, yearling operation with Red Angus and Hereford cross cattle. On the ranch, calving starts March-April and the calves are retained on grass and marketed as long yearling steers and bred heifers in the fall.
Philip has been involved in the cattle industry for many years and has served in various leadership roles. He has been active at the state level in the Wyoming Stock Growers Association where he served on committees and as committee chair. He also served as Regional Vice President (1996-1998), First Vice President (2001-2003) and President from 2003-2005. He served on the NCBA Board of Directors and became active on the Ag Policy Committee. Philip was the Region V Vice President, President Elect, the 2015 President and is now currently serving as the Immediate Past President.
Philip is active in his community and has been involved with multiple organizations. Over the years he has served as Chairman Oregon Trail Bank Board of Directors, President of Platte County Chamber of Commerce, President of Chugwater Economic Development and Chairman of Chugwater Valley Church Council.
Philip raised two daughters on the ranch with his late wife, Joy; Amanda and Mark Pollard live in Greeley, CO with their son, Lincoln Ellis Pollard. Sarah and Samuel Booth live in Denver, CO with their two sons, Ellison and Griffin Booth. He spends the winters in Scottsdale, Arizona where he recently met a neighbor, now significant other, Alexis Stewart.