Year: 2016

How Many National Parks Have You Visited?

Earlier this year, I checked three more off the list thanks to a long weekend over the Labor Day holiday and a few travel points burning a hole in my pocket. In a previous column, I touched on the role Open Lands have for Western ranchers, but they make for great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors […]

Montana Running Ranchers: Billie Jo Holzer

Today we’ll continue with a series on the Montana Running Ranchers relay team. The team will be participating in the Ragnar 200-mile relay event in Hawaii, October 14-15, 2016. The team uses this event as an advocacy opportunity to share the message of beef in a healthy diet and Montana ranching with runners and athletes from across […]

Five Ways Livestock Make Contributions to Open Lands

Much of what we love about the western states involves open lands. Both private and public ownership of millions of acres make up these open spaces where we can enjoy wildlife, big skies, and the last remaining wide-open country. Do livestock and farming operations contribute to retaining these open lands? I decided to tackle this topic […]

Western Author on Sharing Your Story | Agriculture Proud Podcast 016

For years, we’ve talked about sharing your story in the context of agriculture advocacy. Today, while there is an increasing number of agriculture advocates sharing their stories on blogs, that doesn’t mean we’re doing it in the most effective manner to reach the audience we truly would like to reach. On Episode 016 of the […]

Does Feeding Pregnant Cows Impact Profitability Through Calf Finishing?

Farmers and ranchers love feeding their cattle. There’s just something about going out to the field and emptying a bag of cubes or dropping off a few more protein tubs. This is especially true for livestock producers in the Southeastern U.S. with smaller herds. But does that extra feed pay off in the long run? […]

Feedlot Employees Tweet Experiences Raising Cattle

During the past few years, I’ve frequently shared my experience working in and with a cattle feedlot. From a young age, my family sent our cattle to feedlots in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and our Spring Break “vacation” involved a drive to Amarillo to see those cattle. During college, I had the opportunity to […]

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