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On the ranch, The Purpose Driven Herd
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It’s all good

Herd goals and climate evolve

I love calving season each year, but this one will be hard to beat. I used to do this in the winter on my northeast Kansas farm, starting in February. With heifers due on pasture leases the first of May, we couldn’t wait too long for synchronized artificial insemination (AI) early that month. There’s been […]

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Following the Calves, On the ranch, On the road
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Calving for Keeps

Following the Calves: Cantrell’s calving season update

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at Glenn Cantrell’s Lone Grove, Okla., and Rush Springs, Okla., ranches. “We’ve had 97 calves born in 11 days,” the 82-year-old cattleman says with a grin as he invites me to join him and his wife, Mary, at the dining room table. When I last visited Glenn, it […]

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With no way to get feedback from buyers, Hugh turned to commercial DNA testing to "get a picture" of his calf crop.
On the ranch, On the road
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Getting there fast

From DNA, Montana ranchers get information they couldn’t get anywhere else

“I’m calling because I read your story.” To a journalist, calls like that can generally go one of two ways: either someone wants more information or they want you to know you got it wrong. But this particular call I got recently brought me back in time, to my visit to Hugh and Shandi Bradley’s […]

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Beef > candy this Valentine’s Day

I really failed at the whole Valentine’s Day thing last year, mom-wise. Maybe it’s because I’ve never really loved the holiday (I’m a lot more sarcastic than romantic, likely one of the reasons my husband and I are a match). Or maybe it’s because it was my only child’s first year in a daycare setting […]

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On the ranch, On the road
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The Golden Rule in the Golden Triangle

No compromising the farm for the cattle, but still quality for north-central grain growers

Up here on the high plateau where checkerboarded farmland overlooks the steep valley carved by a meandering Belt Creek, you can feel the change. It’s subtle, but there’s no doubt the rougher mountains and forest to the west are giving way to the “Golden Triangle” to the east. This is the region in north-central Montana […]

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