On the ranch

Nothing owed

A reminder from the cow to the cowboy

Groups more humble than cattlemen and women are few and far between, but I’ve often heard ranchers called “salt of the Earth” people. Many lessons applicable for working with livestock come from simple wisdom, and now and then it’s the livestock doing the teaching. I’m not talking about the cow that gets protective or feisty around her newborn calf. […]

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On the ranch, On the road

Dreamers and doers

Voran family knows wishing wells run dry

If you could have one wish, any wish, what would it be? More resources, greater assets, the best genetics or something else? My recent time back in Kansas reminded me that everyone works with what they have. It’s fun to dream, but at the end of the day some factors won’t change overnight. Progress requires […]

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Award/contest winners

Smiles, Success

By the end of the day, my cheeks hurt from laughing. Normally it’s my feet that hurt after a ranch visit, not my face. I didn’t know what to expect on my first visit to a Canadian ranch. I sure didn’t expect to smile so much and leave with a sunburn. What I did find […]

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Hot topics, Uncategorized

Bigwigs in barbecue

From family affairs to new startups, experts share their secrets

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, it’s prime time for barbecue. Many pit masters pick beef as their meat of choice — think classic, smokey brisket and tasty beef ribs. Yum! The Culinary Center recently hosted the annual Brand Ambassador Summit, welcoming chefs from all over the country, including a handful of barbecue specialists […]

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Hot topics

Put it to the test

“Nicole, I think you have cancer,” the doctor told me. That stopped me in my tracks, as it would anyone. Unbelievable. I’m young, a picture of health — there’s no way this was happening to me. But there I was, 25 years old, sitting in a doctor’s office, hearing the data points that suggested otherwise. […]

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