The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Harvest wraps up, cattle move to cornstalks in eastern S.D.
    In addition to harvesting, Jared Questad hopes to get cornstalks baled and moved home, along with spreading manure before winter hits for real.
  • Maher Ranch Family raising cattle on same land for more than century

    Growing up one of 12 on a ranch north of the South Dakota state line, Mike Maher has many fond memories.

    “We did have a lot of fun. My brother next to me and I would hop on our horses in the morning and lope eight miles to help our cousins work cattle,” says the third generation Ziebach County rancher. “We never knew what riding in a saddle was like - dad had the only saddle and we knew better than to touch it. We lived on a river, but none of us knew how to swim because our horses could swim. If we had to cross the river, Dad would always stand on the riverbank to make sure we all got across.”

  • McCrossan Boys Ranch keep growing Hereford herd
    A year and a half after receiving five registered Hereford cow/calf pairs through the South Dakota Farm Bureau’s Centennial Community Initiative the boys at McCrossan Boys Ranch are learning a lot about beef production.
  •  Meet the Richter Ranch Family

    Neal Richter began helping his dad move cattle on the family’s ranch near Enning when he was about 8.  “That was a bad idea because I was hooked,” jokes Neal, 36, a fourth-generation cattle rancher. 

  • Fred Zenk’s students remember the valuable lessons the ag teacher taught them
    As the ag teacher and FFA Advisor at Webster-Waubay High School in South Dakota, Fred Zenk has 27 years of experience working with students. Have the students changed since he began teaching?
  •  Nebraska farmer turns to grass to make his beef herd more profitable
    Brhel uses a high stocking density, rapid rotation, and long rest periods to do this. He insists it’s not mob grazing, but rather adaptive grazing in that he keeps each component of this grazing system elastic.
  • Now That’s Rural: Roger Ringer, Kansas Oddities
    There was the Kansas rooster who became a movie star in the 1940s, appeared in Life magazine, and was insured by Lloyd’s of London. These amazing stories and many more are shared in a new book by rural Kansas author Roger Ringer.
  • A father-daughter duo in Dickinson County
    Emily Boettcher is a regular at the local Starbucks. She is the proud owner of a rewards card, the baristas know her by name, and she places her order by asking casually for “the usual.” But when she takes her coffee to go, she’s not headed to an office. Emily spends her days on the farm, caring for cows, calves and customers of the family’s DeKalb seed business.
  • Harold and Jeanne Mertz, agriculture advocates
    “1 Kansas farmer feeds more than 155 people + You!” Signs proclaiming this message are frequently seen along the highways and byways of Kansas. These signs demonstrate the passionate advocacy for agriculture which is found in an innovative farm family in rural Kansas.
  • President of S.D. Cattlemen’s Association reflects on 4-H experience
     4-H livestock judging is one of the many life experiences Stomprud, 69, credits with helping him achieve a more comfortable relationship with public speaking.
  • Students gain knowledge in New Zealand beef industry
    The coordinators along with 34 students visited a variety of farms. The majority of farm stops were to cow-calf operations. The group also stopped at dairy, sheep, fruit, deer and vegetable farms.
  • Cable Ranch Family remembers daughter through barrel racing event
    Because of all the good memories the family created barrel racing together, when a tragic car accident took Jimmi’s life four years ago, Harley, Dawn and Kari decided a memorial barrel race would be a fitting way to remember Jimmi; her love of horses and passion for barrel racing, livestock and their Pukwana ranch. And, most of all, her love for her family and friends.
  • A look at how three fathers include agriculture in their kids’ lives
    Kurt Stiefvater, Larry Reinhold and Christopher Schauer talk about what pieces of agriculture and themselves they hope to instill in their children.
  • Mark Johnson believes in hands-on learning experiences for his kids

    Mark Johnson of Centerville, South Dakota, became a father 16 years ago with the birth of he and his wife, Jeanne’s, oldest son, Trevor. Two years later they had another son, Tate, now 14. Trevor and Tate say Mark is a good dad because he is always on their team and they can count on him. Jeanne says he is a good dad because of the sacrifices he makes.

  • Father of 13 advises parents to use times of stress as teaching opportunities
    One of the hardest parts of raising kids is trying to be fair and to help them understand peer pressure. Neil tells his kids, “Don’t keep track of how hard you work. When you work, don’t worry about how hard your brother or sister or classmate or teammate is or isn’t working. That only causes bitterness and doesn’t get the job done.” 
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