High quality is the BIG picture

Pulling into the expansive yard at the 80,000-head-capacity Poky Feeders south of Scott City, Kan., a few months ago, I wondered how a giant feedyard like this can be famous for high-quality beef. Clearly, this was not the image of family farming cultivated by...

Angus therapy

Besides a set of old scrapbooks that reveal a rich history in the Angus breed, Abbie Nelson’s table is tidy, well kept like the rest of the place. “It’s not always this way,” she says of the family gathering spot, “especially not during breeding season. We AI all the...

‘Yes, absolutely.’

It’s almost too picturesque, I thought as I stood in Mark and Abbie Nelson’s circular roundabout and stared. The tree canopy I had just driven through lead me here – to a place where Angus cattle grazing golden pastures meet rolling vineyards of zinfandel and petite...

You can think that, but you’d be wrong

Brace yourself. Prepare. That was the message I took from last year’s Feeding Quality Forum (FQF). Before that came other themes: Manage your risk, there’s some glimmering good news amidst the bad; and high prices don’t mean high profits. I’ve been to all but one of...

Foundation not easily shakin’

“Hey there, kid, what’s shakin’?” I had exactly one conversation with Herb Holzapfel before he began answering my phone calls like this. I teased he had a voice for radio. He shrugged. If so obliged, it’s not that he wouldn’t fit voiceover work into his already...

When dreams grow up

When Shawn Christensen was three years old, he wanted to be an airplane pilot. That didn’t last long. The ambition couldn’t hold up against the call of an Angus cowherd and the Rocky Mountain, Hot Springs, Montana, ranch. Home. I got to meet Shawn, his wife Jen, and...