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A C Land and Cattle Company: The Grand River Ranch

August 22, 2019

Perched on the hill overlooking the confluence of the Grand and Missouri Rivers just west of Mobridge, South Dakota, Darrel and Francie Smith’s home has a view that’s the envy of many. The ‘house on...


Prairie Memories By Gary Heintz: School Days, 1930s

August 8, 2019

Dad didn’t walk uphill to school both ways when he was a kid, but many times getting to school was an adventure just the same. The Heintz family lived at many different locations when the...



Warner Beef Genetics: Building on a legacy

March 14, 2019

The Warner family roots run deep in Furnas County Nebraska. 135 years and six generations raising crops and cattle. Otto Warner emigrated from Germany when he was 16 in 1884. He homesteaded in Furnas County,...


SDQHA Honoree: Remembering Darrel Griffith’s legacy

January 24, 2019

Wishing aloud that her late husband was still here for their honor, Marlene Griffith accepted South Dakota Quarter Horse Association’s trainer recognition on behalf of herself and her husband Darrel Griffith Jan. 12 in Pierre,...


Winter Cattle Journal 2019: Valley View Charolais

January 16, 2019

As Buddy Westphal reflects on his 50 years of purebred Charolais bull sales, the words “genetics” and “work” continue to resurface. Working hard to raise good genetics. Genetics that work for cattlemen. Work that makes...


Winter Cattle Journal 2019: Bobcat Angus

January 16, 2019

Sometime around 1985, amidst football helmets, cowboy hats, and a blue and gold mascot, ideas for collaboration began to form among three Montana State University “farm kid” athletes. What came from that partnership was Bobcat...


Winter Cattle Journal 2019: Ridl Angus

January 16, 2019

Located two miles north of Dickinson, North Dakota, Ridl Angus is a family-owned and operated business whose mission is to provide high quality customer service, productive cattle and continue to maintain a refined, distinguished cow...


Winter Cattle Journal 2019: Rydeen Farms Simmentals

January 16, 2019

For three generations the Rydeen family has flourished in the beautiful lakes and trees of northwestern Minnesota where they have expanded and diversified into selling high quality breeding livestock. Through embracing new technology, they have...


2019 Winter Cattle Journal: Schiefelbein Farms

January 4, 2019

In 1955, Frank Schiefelbein and his wife, Frosty, were a young city couple who knew nothing about farming or cattle. Frank did know one thing–people liked a good steak. That foundational concept led to the...


2019 Winter Cattle Journal: Mohnen Angus

January 4, 2019

Steve Mohnen is passionate about Angus cattle. He’s spent the last 38 years studying the breed and building his herd of elite mama cows. “I was 25 years old when I started working for Howard...


2019 Winter Cattle Journal: Barenthsen-Bullinger Red Angus

January 4, 2019

Mark Barenthsen recognizes the part his wife and daughters have played in making their cattle business what it is today—a recognition that’s reflected in the name, which is now hyphenated to include his daughter and...


2019 Winter Cattle Journal: Lindskov-Thiel

January 4, 2019

Les Lindskov and Brent Thiel aren’t the kind of producers that boast about their success, but with the name Lindskov-Thiel Ranch being a heavy hitter in the industry, their influence speaks for itself. The Lindskov-Thiel...


Winter Cattle Journal 2019: Largent & Sons

January 4, 2019

To the Largents, their Kaycee, Wyoming ranch is part of a long family tradition of breeding and raising Hereford cattle that has been carried on for over 100 years. While the cattle that they stand...


2019 Winter Cattle Journal: Taubenheim Gelbvieh

January 4, 2019

Every year on the first Monday in February, beef producers gather at the Taubenheim ranch for their annual Gelbvieh and Balancer bull and female sale. While many of the bulls stay in Nebraska, some of...


2019 Winter Cattle Journal: Barstow Angus

January 4, 2019

Producers are getting paid for raising better cattle, and it shows in the cattle they raise, says Neri Barstow.  “It’s hard to hide your genetics. With the use of genomic testing, cattle are easy to...


Under the radar

December 10, 2018

Kris Rausch can sew and quilt with the best of them, and she will, someday. But right now there are livestock to be tended to. Rausch shows dedication to the ag industry through her work...



Veteran salute: Sam Marty

November 9, 2018

“God has secrets that we aren’t meant to understand.” After Sam Marty learned of two soldiers in his company literally blown into pieces a couple miles away from him, he wondered why it wasn’t him....


Hollenbecks receive ranch family honor

October 23, 2018

Glen and Yvonne Hollenbeck are each legends of rodeo in their own rights, and together, they have spent more than 40 years on the Hollenbeck Ranch Incorporated, where Glen is third generation, earning them the...