Tag Archives: Montana ranch

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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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On the ranch, On the road
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Who knows?

You could say I’m the sentimental sort. The shelves of my home and every nook of my mind are filled with little details, mementos, hand-written cards and trinkets that take me to another time and place in a glance or a touch. There’s that hand-embroidered “I love Angus” tea towel that still takes me back […]

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Following the Calves, On the ranch, On the road
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Following the Calves: Keaster family checks in

There are two things Bruce Keaster figures he needs in the cattle business: a good relationship with his banker and a good relationship with his cattle feeder. Check and check. But those two winning tickets aren’t just luck. That banker relationship requires good ideas, a can-do attitude and the intestinal fortitude to ride out a […]

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On the ranch, On the road
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When dreams grow up

Angus quality flies high under the Big Sky

When Shawn Christensen was three years old, he wanted to be an airplane pilot. That didn’t last long. The ambition couldn’t hold up against the call of an Angus cowherd and the Rocky Mountain, Hot Springs, Montana, ranch. Home. I got to meet Shawn, his wife Jen, and daughters Katelyn and Kara, earlier this year. […]

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On the ranch
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On purpose: quality cattle are intentional at Bobcat Angus

Nobody just happens upon Bobcat Angus. In north central Montana, it borders Canada for three miles. The remote location is full of wide open space. It’s beautiful and every bit a perfect illustration of “Big Sky Country.” When planning my May trip up to Montana, Bryan Ratzburg’s directions ended with, “There’ll be three mountains, and […]

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