Category : On the ranch

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On the ranch, The Purpose Driven Herd
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Turning point

When I signed on with this brand in 1998, the world was just waking up to it as some kind of overnight success, more than 20 years in the making. I had black cows as a sideline to my profession as editor of Beef Today, and knew CAB was spoken as the three letters rather […]

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On the ranch
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A Story So Good Even the Dog Wants to Listen

Certified Angus Beef President John Stika shares insights with Canadian ranchers.

Dyce Bolduc was a teenager when he bought his first Angus cows at an auction in Alberta, Canada. It was 1967 and Angus calves sold at a discount. Dyce and his brother David distinctly remember market reports that included the phrase “and the black calves sold for 10 cents less.” Not a good market signal […]

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On the ranch
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One-man show, part II

There’s a saying, “If you think you’ve got good cattle, put your money where your mouth is and feed ’em. You’ll find out pretty quick how good they are.” Jim Moore’s full of these. Life lessons, advice not taken, anecdotes of who said ‘what,’ when and why. I ask him what it’s been like – […]

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One-man show, part I

“I’m going to be my own person,” Jim Moore said as we bounced around in a beat up pickup, checking cows and talking life. His answer was in reference to heifer selection, but it fits the cowman’s character. “Sure I’m a little old fashioned,” he’d tell me later. As if I couldn’t tell. We’d spent […]

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On the ranch, On the road
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Black ink in the Black Hills

It’s not what most would call “ag land.” The Snyder family’s Piedmont, S.D., ranch hugs I-90 to the east and the Black Hills National Forest to the west. It would make a beautiful campground. “Our opportunities for expansion are sure limited because of where we live,” Ken Snyder told me, as he and sons Andrew […]

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