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Award/contest winners, On the ranch, On the road

Not just a carcass program

Basin Angus ranch wins CAB honors for long-term focus on many traits

“Are you patient?” I asked Doug Stevenson as he and Sharon showed me around their Columbus, Mont., ranch. The way he half-smirked, thought for a mere second, then chuckled and glanced back at his wife, gave him away. “Maybe I ought to let her answer that.” Sharon’s response? A laugh that told me I hadn’t […]

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Following the Calves, On the ranch, On the road

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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On the ranch, On the road

Everyday miracle leaves lasting impression

The baby calf got up, wobbled ever so slightly and then confidently turned its attention to nursing. It could be any farm or ranch across the country on any given day, but it just so happens that this day: he had an audience. As the first of two tour buses rounded a corner on a […]

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Hot topics, Research

In Disguise

What kind of news did the Feeding Quality Forum deliver?

It’s easy to write about good news. Even for an optimist like me, it’s not that hard to write about bad news. In good or bad, there’s often a dramatic story to tell. What’s hard to write about? So-so news that’s neither good nor bad. It just is. It’s been a month since the Feeding Quality […]

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Hot topics

Think about it

“Where will you put another one?” It was a genuine question we got from family and friends—after rounds of congratulations and surprise—when they learned we were adding to our family of seven. Those closest to us know we bought somewhat of a “fixer-upper” when we moved to Nebraska. It’s a traditional old farmhouse that we […]

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