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Read profile articles featuring individual beef producers and operations, as well as regions of the country that are key to the industry.


The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) special rangers work diligently “to honor and protect the ranching way of life” by hunting down cattle rustlers and bringing justice to ranchers across Texas and Oklahoma. On average, the rangers work 800 to 1,300 cases a year.

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A trailer door slams shut behind a herd of black heifers while the truck engine hums in the background.

Quickly after the loading chaos settles, the truck quietly shifts into gear and eases away from the lone corral.

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More than 600 feedlots call Rock County, Minnesota, home.

With a land area of a little more than 320,000 acres, Rock County houses feedlots with fewer than 300 animal units to more than 3,000 head.

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It is in small details that Charlie Yegen sees fall calving as an advantage over traditional spring births in the northern latitudes of the U.S.: “No scours; no frozen ears.”

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Record prices for cattle became the norm for 2014, to the point producers almost became inured and found it anticlimactic – sort of like hearing about falling gas prices in late 2014.

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Regional winners of the Environmental Stewardship Award Program visit with Progressive Cattleman about the practices that earned them recognition at the 2015 NCBA Convention.