The 1st grade approach

Remember when you were six? Being chosen for “show and tell” was a big deal. My elementary-age kids have brought their class everything from Indian beads dug on the family ranch to a misshapen egg their chicken laid. A newborn baby sister has even made a school...

The Golden Rule in the Golden Triangle

Up here on the high plateau where checkerboarded farmland overlooks the steep valley carved by a meandering Belt Creek, you can feel the change. It’s subtle, but there’s no doubt the rougher mountains and forest to the west are giving way to the “Golden Triangle” to...

Beef yield grade opportunities detailed

Beef yield grade opportunities detailed System accounts for no more than 40% of red meat yield variation   by Steve Suther When anyone thinks about beef grading, USDA quality grades such as Prime, Choice and Select likely come to mind. Quality grades have been in...

Every number has a story: $4.52

Turkey or ham. Turkey or ham. Turkey or ham. If 30% of consumers consider beef roast as “appropriate for a holiday meal” (according to recent polling), why in a family of beef producers do I have turkey and ham at every holiday gathering?! The likely answer is...

Functional, successful, profitable

Good cattle, good people, and good cattle people. These are simply three of my favorite things on this Earth. A couple months ago, I had the chance to spend my Friday afternoon with all three at the same time while visiting the Thoeny Ranch in eastern Montana. Steve...