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Hot topics, On the road
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You can think that, but you’d be wrong

Three new truths from this week’s cattle feeder meetings

Brace yourself. Prepare. That was the message I took from last year’s Feeding Quality Forum (FQF). Before that came other themes: Manage your risk, there’s some glimmering good news amidst the bad; and high prices don’t mean high profits. I’ve been to all but one of the forums, which we’ve held with allied industry partners […]

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Foundation not easily shakin’

“Hey there, kid, what’s shakin’?” I had exactly one conversation with Herb Holzapfel before he began answering my phone calls like this. I teased he had a voice for radio. He shrugged. If so obliged, it’s not that he wouldn’t fit voiceover work into his already booming schedule; rather, he’s just not interested. He’ll stick […]

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On the ranch, On the road
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When dreams grow up

Angus quality flies high under the Big Sky

When Shawn Christensen was three years old, he wanted to be an airplane pilot. That didn’t last long. The ambition couldn’t hold up against the call of an Angus cowherd and the Rocky Mountain, Hot Springs, Montana, ranch. Home. I got to meet Shawn, his wife Jen, and daughters Katelyn and Kara, earlier this year. […]

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On the ranch
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On purpose: quality cattle are intentional at Bobcat Angus

Nobody just happens upon Bobcat Angus. In north central Montana, it borders Canada for three miles. The remote location is full of wide open space. It’s beautiful and every bit a perfect illustration of “Big Sky Country.” When planning my May trip up to Montana, Bryan Ratzburg’s directions ended with, “There’ll be three mountains, and […]

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No sick animals, ever

Vet says that goal requires a ‘dream team’

Sick animals are what let a veterinarian put food on the table, right? No animals to treat, no paycheck. Well, that’s not the way Purdue University’s Dr. Mark Hilton sees it. Rather than visit a ranch or a feedyard, I went on a trip of another kind (via video interview gathered earlier this year) and […]

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