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The Stielow family raises registered Angus and Charolais cattle on their Bar S Ranch near Paradise, Kansas, homesteaded in 1900 by Ken Stielow’s grandfather. Ken went to Kansas State University and worked for the extension service for six years after getting degrees in ag econ, then came back to the ranch in 1975.

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“It’s a way of solving your problems and managing your workload.”

That’s how Belle Fourche, South Dakota, rancher Chance Davis describes his “no excuses” approach to the breeding season – and his culling of cows and heifers that do not fit his reproductive standards.

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Ron McBee has heard the experts, attended countless symposiums, been appointed to select state grazing commissions and given numerous speeches. But when it’s all said and done, the Fayette, Missouri, producer remains firm that successful controlled grazing comes down to one factor – simplicity.

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The Conservation Fund has announced the conservation and expansion of one of the oldest operating ranches held by one family in the Green River Valley.

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“In marketing, you don’t produce something and ask people to buy it.

Find out what people want and figure out a way to produce it,” says beef producer Jim Lerwick of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming.

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The beef industry is evolving with more accurate levels of genomic testing, allowing producers to select superior animals and maximize efficiency, said Jack Whittier, beef specialist for Colorado State University at the Range Beef Cow Symposium on Nov. 30.

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