Category : On the ranch

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A Heritage of Quality

Learning to care about quality from five generations before him

The first thing we talked about was how dry the winter had been. It was mid-April and the Kansas prairie didn’t look a day after January. Andy Larson’s cows were out on pasture near Green, Kan., but still being supplemented as, ironically, there was very little green grass in sight. While it was too early […]

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Tall Tales and High Standards

I’ve always been a big fan of good stories – tales of great adventure and overcoming adversity. The type of stories with characters who throw out the rulebook and make one of their own. Minnie Lou and daughter Mary Lou Bradley, along with Mary Lou’s husband James Henderson are those type of people. By creating […]

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Time and Data Will Tell

My red Ford Focus looked out of place at the Richmond, Kentucky auction barn. Surrounded by pickups and trailers, my Ohio tags were a long way from home and looked it. But when I walked through the doors of the salebarn restaurant, I was greeted like family. It was clear I wasn’t a regular, but […]

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Call the cattle ‘Hoover’

We were sitting in her parked truck, next to the old house where her grandfather was raised, cattle to our left and behind us. “Just call the cattle ‘Hoover’,” Landi Livingston said matter-of-factly. It was one of the first times I went with an angle. Writers, we all have our own [arguably odd] methods of […]

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Better beef on the horizon

The sun was just peeking over the hills surrounding Hardyville, Ky., when I drove right past Jay McCoy’s ranch. My GPS told me I had arrived, but I knew there was no way his was the place surrounded by Holstein cattle. On the hunt for pastures that told me I had arrived at a commercial […]

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