Chuck and Judy Backus accept the 2016 CAB Progressive Partner Award Sept. 24 in Tucson. With CAB Supply Development Director Justin Sexten, left, and President John Stika, right.
Award/contest winners, Following the Calves, On Target, On the ranch
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Progressive quality

I first “met” Chuck Backus in the early 2000s. It was before we had a blog so we used the email list then called BLACK-INK. I still have the exchanges but of course can’t find them… Anyway (as he and I both say a lot) the retired Arizona State University provost with a 40,000-acre ranch […]

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On the ranch, On the road
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‘Just call Terry Harris’

I recently wrote a pretty detailed feature on Harris Livestock and thought about making that the title. As a girl who’s called Mr. Terry plenty of times and told others to do the same, I figured it was only fitting. Then I sat down with the Georgia cattleman and his wife, Betty, in their Boston, […]

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Following the Calves, On the ranch, On the road
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Following the calves: Starting over

Shipping day. It’s like a home builder handing over the keys. An artist, painting the last stroke. An actress on opening night. For a cattle feeder, shipping day is not only the culmination of months of work, it’s also payday. “It’s one of the most difficult things I do as a cattle feeder,” Anne Burkholder, […]

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On the ranch, On the road
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High quality is the BIG picture

Pulling into the expansive yard at the 80,000-head-capacity Poky Feeders south of Scott City, Kan., a few months ago, I wondered how a giant feedyard like this can be famous for high-quality beef. Clearly, this was not the image of family farming cultivated by mainstream media. But it didn’t take more than a few minutes […]

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On the ranch, On the road
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Angus therapy

Five Star Land and Livestock enjoys Angus opportunity

Besides a set of old scrapbooks that reveal a rich history in the Angus breed, Abbie Nelson’s table is tidy, well kept like the rest of the place. “It’s not always this way,” she says of the family gathering spot, “especially not during breeding season. We AI all the cows and that’s always a big […]

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