Learning by doing: Chuck Backus, Quarter Circle U
Following the Calves
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Following the Calves: High quality from the high desert

I have never met a career educator quite so eager to learn. We first exchanged emails in the 2006-07 era, a couple of years after Chuck Backus, PhD nuclear engineer and solar energy pioneer, had retired as provost at Arizona State University to devote full time to his 40,000-acre cow-calf enterprise. The Quarter Circle U […]

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When ‘I’m sorry,’ means ‘get ready’

Feeding Quality Forum tells cattlemen to prepare

“I’m sorry for all of this….” In a rather defeated tone, that’s how Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company, ended his market outlook at last week’s Feeding Quality Forum. “I don’t make this stuff up. My job is to inform you and enlighten you on what me and my team find,” he said. His version […]

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On the ranch
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No notice needed

Did your county have a summer “4-H Tour”? I distinctly remember the two times our family was on the East Chain 4-H Club Tour. We cleaned the pig pens. The cattle were washed. The gardens weeded….all at the same time. You see, it’s not that we didn’t do these tasks regularly all summer long, but the […]

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Raising the Steaks

A Rancher's Guide to Applied Meat Science

I’ve never been much of a gambler myself. Maybe I value my money too much. It’s possible I take enough other risks and therefore have never had an urge to sit down at the table and leave my financial fate in the hand of a dealer. But in the cattle business, I think it’s fair […]

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Black Ink team gains a new member

Justin Sexten joins CAB as Director, Supply Development

Any time the brand brings on a new hire, it’s fun for us “old folks” (I’m still the young’un on the team by age) to learn where they came from, what they enjoy and where they’ll find their fit with the brand we call home. Justin Sexten isn’t new to the beef cattle world, he’s just […]

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