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Recent Stories in Ranching Legacies

WEBO Angus Ranch focuses on fertility, form and function

January 11, 2018 — The women on the WEBO Ranch know how to get the job done.   That's good, because there are no men around to do it.  When Buttons York was widowed in November of 2015, it was she and her daughter, Odessa Mathias, who had to make

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Miles and Miles: Sandhills family building a fifth generation ranch

January 10, 2018 — Deep in the heart of the Nebraska Sandhills lies the Miles ranch near Brownlee, Nebraska. The ranch encompasses rough hills, wet meadows and some river bottom along the North Loup River. A "mom and pop outfit," run by fourth-generation ranchers Craig and Joy Miles and

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L Bar W Cattle Company: New kids on the block raising Hereford cattle

January 10, 2018 — Jumping into the purebred cattle business takes fortitude, a positive attitude and keen vision. Carl and Denise Loyning formed a partnership with Mike and Jeannette Walen to do what both couples love: raising the best Hereford cattle they can.   Denise and Carl grew up with

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Kraye Angus makes the most of Sandhills ranching

January 10, 2018 — Kraye Angus has had a long history in the Sandhills of Nebraska.  It all started when Ernst Kraye, who was an adventurer, came from Germany to Nuckolls Co., Nebraska. But farming wasn't what he wanted to do, so he made plans to go to South

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Green Mountain Red Angus builds strong herd on good mother cows

January 10, 2018 — Generations of outstanding bulls and females produced at Green Mountain Red Angus in Three Forks, Montana have made the operation one of the nation's premier sources for top quality cattle. Nestled in the heart of the Bridger Mountain Range, Bob and Julie Morton understand that

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Gates Limousin: Back to the country for the Gates family

January 10, 2018 — When Gary Gates graduated from high school, he swore he didn't want to ranch for a living, having grown up on his parent's ranch in the 1970s and 1980s. An engineering degree led to a career that took him to Washington state, Idaho and Colorado. 

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Doll family building a reputation and a breeding program with Charolais and Simmentals since 1946

January 10, 2018 — Success is no accident in the producer world– it comes with hard work, education, persistence and a reputation to stand on. And that's just what the Doll family, from New Salem, North Dakota, has done. This year will mark their 38th annual bull and female

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3C Christensen Ranch brings value to Simmental breed

January 10, 2018 — "I've been in these Wessington hills all my life," said John Christensen, owner of 3C Christensen Ranch.  Christensen has dedicated his life to raising high-quality, functional Simmental cattle, and the reputable 3C brand is recognized around the country. With popular genetics such as Meyer 734,

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South Dakota Quarter Horse Association: Legacy and 50 Year Breeders

December 12, 2017 — Legacy Breeders Lowell Thomas Barrett Dean Hereford Farms Jerry G and/or M Sue Golliher Harry Kenzy Ronald H Krogman Lee Lopez South Dakota State University Don and Kathleen Strain James L Sutton Raymond Sutton Triple U Enterprises R C or J I Waldner Gene Hunt

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“Perkins County” by The Nesters captures the emotional toll endured through hardship

October 19, 2017 — "Those of us nestled inside cities, with every convenience at our finger tips, often forget the emotional toll a drought takes on the farmers and ranchers who live with it daily."

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Mike Pierson: Raising What Ranchers Ride

January 6, 2017 — "I guess I just always wanted to be a cowboy. I never remember wanting to do anything else." – Mike Pierson In eastern Montana winding along a lonely, desolate stretch of Highway 200 lays Garfield County. Spanning over 4,600 square miles, the average population density

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A Century Strong

August 11, 2015 — John Zilverberg is no stranger to hard work. He watched his parents, Jake and Lutske, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1910, build a life as farmers near Springfield, Trippe and Wessington Springs, South Dakota. The second oldest of five children, he grew up wanting

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KEEPING A LEGACY ALIVE: South Dakota ranching family’s success spans generations

February 3, 2015 — A biracial widow, her seven children, and her band of horses traveled from Wyoming to Colorado then north to the Pine Ridge Indian reservation of South Dakota. The generations that followed built more than one successful ranch in the beautiful country that offers challenges but

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Memories from the Besler Kitchen

August 25, 2014 — "If you could change one thing about this ranch, what would it be?" Fern Besler asks her eldest daughter Melinda. Melinda looks around. "Make the kitchen bigger," Melinda says. Fern laughs, "That's just what I said! It doesn't matter if you have two people over,

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Phipps Land & Livestock: A salute to quality in Nebraska’s Sandhills

August 30, 2013 — Gary Phipps' great-grandfather arrived in the Sandhills of Nebraska in 1890, and started what would become a multi-generational, century spanning horse and cattle operation north of Whitman. While numerous changes have occurred along the way, quality horses and cattle remain the backbone of the long-standing

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Nuckolls: Success through vision, hard work

August 30, 2013 — The Nuckolls family came to Wyoming in the early 1900s from a plantation in Virginia, and for three generations have been successfully operating, expanding and improving their sheep and cattle ranch located in the scenic Black Hills of northeastern Wyoming. "My dad, William Swift Nuckolls,

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Star X Ranch: Tradition, Technology, and Family

August 30, 2013 — In 1908, when Ernest C. and Ora Stark arrived in Montana, they brought with them tools Ernest had made in his Minnesota blacksmith shop. His hand-forged items were stamped with a Star-X hallmark, which when read aloud sounds like "Stark's." Five generations later, it's still

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Weyer Ranch finds its way

August 30, 2013 — An endless canopy of azure skies is suspended over acres of now-brown grass found on the Weyer Ranch at Howes, SD. It's here, in west central South Dakota, just 30 miles south of Faith, that Cody and Denise Weyer go about the daily chores that

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Off Ranch, on to  another generation

August 30, 2013 — Ranches and islands are a pretty rare combination. However, the Off Family Ranch is located on an island in Colorado's San Luis Valley. It's where fourth-generation family member David Off is continuing his family's beef production legacy. "Our ranch was formed by the Rio Grande

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Quigley Ranch Historical haying operation, modern cattle ranch

August 30, 2013 — The Avon, MT, based Quigley Ranch has a long history as a hay and cattle operation that spans 125 years and five generations in the same location with the same family. Progressive thinking and an educational spirit have aided the family in their longtime success,

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