Big Ag Equals Family.

The romanticized view of a family farm or ranch is a small acreage, a menagerie of farm animals and a large garden with abundant produce to feed the family for an entire year. Many of our ancestors farmed and did what they could to keep only their family sustained. Today, two percent of the population […]

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Consistency in Beef

Part 9: I find this beef innovation particularly interesting and important – mostly because I enjoy a great, juicy steak and am glad I can rely on the grading system of beef to provide that! From the beginning, beef was more about protein than pleasure and used as draft animals or for milk until they […]

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Squeeze Chutes | Stone to Steel

Part 7: I know that squeeze chutes make cattle work more efficient and less stressful for the cattle we are handling. Just this Thanksgiving, my family branded and doctored over 200 head in a few hours and this was possible because of our squeeze chute.Temple Grandin will also tell you the animals prefer this method […]

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Cattle Rode Rails

Part 6: To read the previous five parts of this series, click here. Railroads were extremely important to the expansion of the beef industry and the start of exporting beef. When the steam engine  and technology of railroads came about in the early 1800s, the options were endless in moving large, heavy cargo – livestock […]

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Serving U.S. Beef to Japan Tsunami Evacuees

  Imagine traveling through the Japan countryside, through beautiful, green rice paddies and tree covered mountains when you turn the bend and see the coast. You can easily see the water two miles away because what once was thriving coastal cities, is now a layer of debris, mostly flat except for the piles that workers […]

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