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Recent Stories in Ranching Legacies

Leaving a Legacy: Raymond followed the Sutton legacy before him, left his own legacy

November 14, 2018 — The Sutton name is tied to many notable livestock enterprises: some of the finest rodeos produced, the oldest privately-owned bison herd in America, quality Quarter Horses, and, at one point, the largest Hereford bull sale in America. Most of this was established and enacted by

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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. A pastor shared comforting words that he's held onto all

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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 honored ranch cowboy family at the 29th Annual Casey Tibbs

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From the start: South Dakota Farmers Union Celebrates the Richter Ranch Family

October 9, 2018 — 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. "He always wanted to be on the ranch," explains his

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Seim Family: Decades down and more to go

October 4, 2018 — Lifelong rancher Wilford Seim was surrounded by friends and family as he celebrated his 100th birthday, Sept. 23, 2018 in Lemmon, South Dakota. Wilford is one of many in the family who have dedicated their lives to raising good quality cattle in northwestern South Dakota.

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Reeves horses leave a legacy

August 15, 2018 — The Reeves Quarter Horse breeding program began in 1935 when 60 Thoroughbred mares were given to Arthur Reeves. Eighty-three years later, the original bloodlines are being carried on by Arthur's grandchildren as both Arthur and one of his sons, Dean Reeves, posthumously received the 50

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Dr. R.M. Christensen: Stage Bird Tom sets stage for a half century of breeding horses in South Dakota

March 8, 2018 — Dr. Robert M. (R.M.) Christensen has dedicated his life to the progression of the Quarter Horse in South Dakota, and was honored in January as a 50 Year Breeder in the state. His love for horses stems from his childhood. "When I was a youngster,

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Still going strong: Lee Lopez raises horses for more than a half century

February 14, 2018 — Lee Lopez, of Keldron, South Dakota, grew up in a time where the horse and rancher were still mutually exclusive—there were no four-wheeler, ATVs, or tractors—and he still has a deep appreciation for a fine ranch horse. Lee, an AQHA 50-year-legacy breeder, continued the foundation

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Building a Legacy: Black Hills Stock Show is still growing after 60 years

January 19, 2018 — In 1958, the average yearly wages were 3,851 dollars, the microchip was invented and the Black Hills Stock Show was born. Sixty years ago, the Central States Fairgrounds was surrounded by pasture, not urban Rapid City. The stock show was called the Black Hills Winter

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South Dakota’s Kenzy Ranch: Fifty year legacy began with one mare

January 16, 2018 — The Kenzy Ranch of Iona, South Dakota, was recognized on January 6 as a South Dakota American Quarter Horse Association's Fifty Year Legacy Breeder, fifty consecutive years registering American Quarter Horses. Harry Kenzy who would have been 100 years old this year, received the Legacy

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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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$5 Steers and coyote hounds: Resourcefulness key to 140-year Eatinger Cattle Co. ranching legacy

October 26, 2017 — Nearly 140 years ago dairyman Charles Henry Eatinger decided to try his hand with beef cattle. He left his family in Dundee, Illinois and traveled to Abilene, Kansas. He purchased 1000 head of 'sorry steers'–the light ones that hadn't weathered the trail as well, for

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