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Following the Calves, On the ranch, On the road
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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, On the ranch, On the road
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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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On the ranch, On the road
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Predictable cattle in a business that’s anything but

Steady. In a world where changes seems hard to predict, where prices are volatile and weather is, too, it’s nice to have something constant to rely on. That’s what Nebraska cattle feeder Terry Beller has in Montana rancher John Riley. “The cattle, they’re real predictable. I know how they’ll gain. I know how they’ll grade, […]

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Hot topics, On the road
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A chef without a restaurant

A cattleman without cattle, well is he a cattleman after all? How about a chef without a restaurant? Regardless of life’s circumstances, to know a rancher is to know there’s no shaking that title. I’d say the same is true of the apron wearers. I met Chef Eric Zizka in Nashville this year when he […]

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On the ranch, On the road
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This shoe fits

Quality is passed on at Kusser’s K Lazy K ranch

It was a two-mile walk from the Stephan Indian Mission to the open space of Hyde County, S.D., prairie that Jerry Kusser’s great-grandfather called home. The man knew the walk well. The German immigrant came west with a wife and young children to build shoes for the pupils at the school, but by night he […]

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