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Hot topics, On the ranch, Trading Places
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It Takes Two, part II

Kentucky rancher and chef trade places

…So the two traded places. Charlie cooked and served over requests like: “She wants the Pappardelle Boscaiola, but without the bacon.” “Veal meatball walkin’ in.” and “I need to see Erin on the fly.” And Josh tagged a newborn calf. “That’s all just good, preventative stuff,” the chef suggests as Charlie follows up with medicine. […]

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Hot topics, On the ranch, Trading Places
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It Takes Two, part I

Kentucky rancher and chef trade places

“It’s like watching a basketball team,” Charlie Boyd tells me over the crowd. “If you’ve played enough games together, you know how to read each other through the orders.” I smile, nod my head in agreement and try to stay out of the way. We’re on the line in the kitchen of Josh Moore’s Volare […]

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On the ranch, The Purpose Driven Herd
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It’s all good

Herd goals and climate evolve

I love calving season each year, but this one will be hard to beat. I used to do this in the winter on my northeast Kansas farm, starting in February. With heifers due on pasture leases the first of May, we couldn’t wait too long for synchronized artificial insemination (AI) early that month. There’s been […]

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Following the Calves, On the ranch, On the road
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Calving for Keeps

Following the Calves: Cantrell’s calving season update

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at Glenn Cantrell’s Lone Grove, Okla., and Rush Springs, Okla., ranches. “We’ve had 97 calves born in 11 days,” the 82-year-old cattleman says with a grin as he invites me to join him and his wife, Mary, at the dining room table. When I last visited Glenn, it […]

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With no way to get feedback from buyers, Hugh turned to commercial DNA testing to "get a picture" of his calf crop.
On the ranch, On the road
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Getting there fast

From DNA, Montana ranchers get information they couldn’t get anywhere else

“I’m calling because I read your story.” To a journalist, calls like that can generally go one of two ways: either someone wants more information or they want you to know you got it wrong. But this particular call I got recently brought me back in time, to my visit to Hugh and Shandi Bradley’s […]

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