Last updated on April 7th, 2022 at 02:46 pm

Dustin Heitkamp

Feed Efficiency Starts From the Ground Up

Want to know if your cows are getting enough protein? Just look down, says Dustin Heitkamp, a cow-calf producer from Wyndmere, North Dakota. “The one thing I think you should do is watch your manure. It tells you a lot,” he says.

Tim Douglas

Ranching in a Drought: It’s a Game of Cat and Mouse

“Two years ago was bad. Last year was bad. This year (2022) is worse, and the calves are still doing very well. The cows are doing good, too.”

Drought and heavy weaning calves. Drought and contented cows. Those things go together about like a cat at a mouse convention. Things can go south in short order. Especially if you’re the mouse.

Ralph Stock

Three Tringle Ranch: Keeping the Ranching Ethic Alive

Ask Ralph Stock for his definition of a good rancher and he sums his thoughts succinctly. “A good rancher is someone who cares as much for their cattle and their horses as they do their family.”

Carter Williams

Pasture Management & Water Distribution: A Tide That Raises All Ships

The desert of southeast Arizona can be a tough place to run a ranch. Pastures are big and sometimes rough and rocky and cows have to hustle and rustle to make a living.


Corrientes Keep the Purdy Ranch Running

It’s been said that tough times don’t last but tough people do. So what about wild, uncertain, and just plain crazy times?

Chad Ledbetter

For This Oklahoma Farm and Ranch Family, Diversification is the Key to Success

“We’re a multi-faceted operation,” he says. “We farm and ranch.” The family runs around 800 cows, has a small feedlot on the ranch, and farms corn, wheat, and soybeans, much of which is feed for the cattle.


Spreading Out (Grazing) Helps This Rancher Pay the Bills.

In times like these, looking beyond the obvious and searching for the innovative is not just necessary, it’s essential. That truism not only applies to your decisions on inputs, it applies to every part of your management plan and long-term outlook. That’s how Emmit sees it. He owns Spring Creek Cattle Company based in Hermosa, S.D., a cow-calf operation he leases from his family’s LLC.

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Making the Beef Business Better.

Skeels was the third generation to call the Anchor D Ranch home, then a commercial cow-calf operation near Rimbey, Alberta. The fourth generation is firmly embedded in the seedstock cattle business on what is now called Anchor D Simmentals Ltd. Dan believes in being transparent & producing quality cattle is paramount.

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Keeping it Natural With Time-Tested Tradition

Thompson’s a fourth-generation rancher in eastern Idaho, running 400 mama cows, plus replacements and bulls, on a commercial cow-calf outfit that his ancestors started in 1910. In fact, his ranching roots run even deeper than that… but he has his eyes and his goals fixed firmly on the future.

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Finding Ranch Success: Value-Added Programs and a Business Mindset

Two hundred and fifty square miles and 29 different pastures covering private, state and federal land. Anywhere from 600 to 900 cows, depending on rainfall or lack thereof and resulting pasture conditions. Elevation change from 3,200 feet of high desert in northwest Arizona to 6,500 feet mountainous lands.

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