Category : Following the Calves

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Following the calves: Trade-offs, but never satisfied

It’s a trade-off most Montanans welcomed with open arms. Snow in September brought moisture that easily trumped any ideals of a long Indian Summer or an idyllic fall. “We didn’t have a drop of rain starting the 15th of June, and so much hot weather this summer, you couldn’t find green anywhere,” Bruce Keaster says. […]

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Following the calves: The data is in! The data is in!

“He’s like a kid at Christmas time when it comes to the data.” Cattle feeder Mark Sebranek was giving me a wrap-up on the Hadrick calves, the ones we’ve been following from Faulkton, S.D. to the Garden City, Kan., yard since December. I hung up the phone and smiled when I read this Facebook status update […]

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Following the calves: When Mother Nature doesn’t care

Calving season, check. Start of AI season, check. Criss-crossing the U.S. talking about commercial DNA, check. Rain…..not so much. I have been watching South Dakota weather reports as if they were my own. Ever since being up in the Faulkton and Highmore, S.D., areas this April, I’ve been waiting for them to get their moisture. […]

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Following the calves: The next generation

In the calving shed, he studies for the next generation. The little apartment Bruce Keaster has tucked inside the calving barn at their ranch south of Belt, Montana, is the perfect classroom. “I spend most of my time going through the AI books, trying to get things matched up with my plan,” Bruce says. “Between […]

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Maternal instincts, predictable cattle

Following the calves: It’s a two-way street

Some may take offense to comparing a herd of kids to fresh calves or a mom’s eye to maternal instincts, but I don’t think it’s out of line to say ‘fetal programming’ had a role in how each Loseke kid is developing a passion for the beef business. All four were riding feedlot pens in […]

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