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The panhandle of Texas is the heart of America’s largest cattle-feeding area. More than 6.5 million fed cattle are marketed here each year, accounting for 30 percent of the total U.S. production according to the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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A land of good cattle, good grass and good people—what few people there are

As the 46th least-populated state in the U.S., South Dakota is prime country for agriculture.

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With the recent downturn in market prices, producers are looking for ways to add value to their calves before they hit the market. One alternative is backgrounding. Cimarron River Cattle Company, a custom feeding operation near Kismet, Kansas, specializes in backgrounding calves and preparing them for the feedlot.

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Southern Utah – where Indians scribed their history on cliffs, Butch Cassidy hid from the law, and John Wayne became the Duke. The area has been known as the land of cowboys and Indians.

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When God made man,
He seemed to think it best
To make him in the East,
And let him travel west.
– Anonymous

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So the story of Josh Eilers goes like this: Eilers, then a 21-year-old student at the University of Texas and a returned U.S. Army Ranger, is sitting in a bar and chatting with an attractive blonde.

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