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On the ranch, On the road
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The green-hand, fourth-generation rancher

“That was a close one.” You might say that as you narrowly miss a car accident, or when a cow runs by and not over you, but for cattleman Jay Stomprud, it’s the first expression that comes to mind when thinking of his pre-rancher life compared to today. Growing up an “Army brat,” Jay lived […]

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It takes a team

We lived in a two bedroom apartment in the middle of the city when my husband made the first livestock purchase of our marriage. Bidding in an online pig sale, he made us the owners of a beautiful crossbred gilt with nowhere for it to live. No barn, no plan, no pig feed, no truck […]

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On Target, On the ranch, The Purpose Driven Herd
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Targeting the brand for fun and profit

Winter is coming, but we’ll be ready. The longer hours by the fire will come in handy for planning a great 2018 for our purpose-driven herd, too. That includes breeding and culling toward the ideal, and targeting the brand, as the logo above suggests. I’m proud to associate with the logo because it is “aspirational” for the herd. I will select […]

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On the ranch, On the road
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A hardware salesman and a hand surgeon walk into a bar…

Replace that last part with pasture and you’re in my boots a few months back. But for Phillip Smith and Dr. David Taylor, there’s no need for a punch line. Talking with the cousins from Ozark, Ark., it’s just a typical Tuesday afternoon. “Some of our skills overlap and some of them don’t,” Dr. Taylor […]

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As big as a barn

Nebraska history books talk about it, barn aficionados know about it, and for something like 75 years, the 18-sided barn that stood along the Niobrara River sat on land that my in-laws now operate near Butte, Neb. It was originally built by a local who had a contract to supply horses to the army. With […]

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