The Cattle Business Weekly
  • Calving season cold, but going smoothly  for these South Dakota operations
    Calving season is well underway in eastern South Dakota  and is going fairly smoothly, despite the abnormally cold temperatures and unrelenting snow. We caught up with two beef producers to see how their herds have been handling calving.
  • Busy calving and lambing seasons for the Busemans
    D.J. Buseman and his family raise cattle, sheep and crops on their farm near Canistota, South Dakota, and are especially busy from mid-January through March during calving and lambing season.  
  • Bottineau N.D. producer takes “learn and  keep learning” approach to conservation
    The fifty-nine-year old, third generation farmer has added cross-fencing, water developments, rotational grazing, soil testing, cover crops, and cover crop grazing to his operation over the last fifteen years, and says, “It’s definitely been beneficial.”
  • Miss South Dakota shares ag and financial literacy through gift of books
    Carrie Wintle grew up on a farm at Iroquois, S.D. She loved to save the money she earned from raising her sheep. “I’m proud I can use my background in ag to connect to my career aspiration and accounting.”
  • FFA Week Feature: Jerry Janisch of Milbank, SD
    This year, the Milbank FFA Chapter is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Janisch is the fifth teacher to teach at the school since chartered in 1943.
  • 2019 Watertown Winter Farm Show Dedicated to the Hurlbut Family
    The Watertown Winter Farm Show has been “a way of life” for Rod and Mary Hurlbut of Raymond, S.D., for as long as they can remember.
  • L7 Bar Brand receives accolades for industry impact

    k;While the 2019 recipients share a long, proud history, the notion of winning such a prestigious award remains hard to fathom.Each year, the Black Hills Stock Show® in Rapid City recognizes industry leaders, innovators, and stock show supporters. The show’s stockman of the year award specifically honors cattlemen and women who excel in the beef industry.

    While the 2019 recipients share a long, proud history, the notion of winning such a prestigious award remains hard to fathom.

    “To be blunt, this was a helluva shock,” says Pukwana, SD cattleman Rod Peterson.

    Each year, the Black Hills Stock Show® in Rapid City recognizes industry leaders, innovators, and stock show supporters. The show’s stockman of the year award specifically honors cattlemen and women who excel in the beef industry.

    While the 2019 recipients share a long, proud history, the notion of winning such a prestigious award remains hard to fathom.

    “To be blunt, this was a helluva shock,” says Pukwana, SD cattleman Rod Peterson.

    Each year, the Black Hills Stock Show® in Rapid City recognizes industry leaders, innovators, and stock show supporters. The show’s stockman of the year award specifically honors cattlemen and women who excel in the beef industry.

    While the 2019 recipients share a long, proud history, the notion of winning such a prestigious award remains hard to fathom.

    “To be blunt, this was a helluva shock,” says Pukwana, SD cattleman Rod Peterson.

    Each year, the Black Hills Stock Show® in Rapid City recognizes industry leaders, innovators, and stock show supporters. The show’s stockman of the year award specifically honors cattlemen and women who excel in the beef industry.

    While the 2019 recipients share a long, proud history, the notion of winning such a prestigious award remains hard to fathom.

    “To be blunt, this was a helluva shock,” says Pukwana, SD cattleman Rod Peterson.

  • Lucas named BHSS Silver Spur Hall of Fame recipient
    The socializing and glamour that comes with the annual Black Hills Stock Show Stockman’s Banquet and Ball won’t be anything new to Monte Lucas and his wife Laurie on Jan. 26. They’ve been to each one for 20 plus years. But what will be new is when Monte receives this year’s Silver Spur Hall of Fame award that night. 
  • Horse honoree Larry Larson has an eye for equine

    For Larry Larson, the love of all things horse began early in life. His intense desire to be around horses led his dad, who owned a general store in Wakpala on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, to barter cases of canned food and cartons of cigarettes with a nearby rancher, Fritz Wientjes, for a gelding named Honda. That was the mid-1960s. 

  • Voice of the Ranch: KBHB radio awarded BHSS honor

    Farmers tune in for the latest agricultural market reports, wives flip the switch to hear the local news and kids turn up the volume for school announcements and everyone taps their feet to the best of country music from yesteryear. Few radio stations have had such an impact on its rural listeners as KBHB based in Sturgis, S.D. Because of this, the radio station is being honored with the Black Hills Stock Show Agri-Business of the Year Award. 

  • 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?
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