From average to elite

From average to elite

From average to elite by Miranda Reiman The cow-calf world knows two distinct groups, often mutually exclusive, says Ryan Noble, of Yuma, Colo. “On one hand, we have the high-octane, high-input, high-production, high-return operations that are geared to go big,” he...

That much better?

That Much better? Predicted beef dollars really add up   by Miranda Reiman Cattle genetics have made big improvements since the American Angus Association released its beef value ($B) index in 2004. Often called “dollar beef,” it was one of the first tools to combine...

Getting there fast

“I’m calling because I read your story.” To a journalist, calls like that can generally go one of two ways: either someone wants more information or they want you to know you got it wrong. But this particular call I got recently brought me back in time, to my visit to...

Winning in extra innings

Wow, this guy is so lucky, I thought when Steve and I visited with Braden Schaal of Schaal Cattle Company last spring. The young Burlington, Colo., rancher says, repeatedly even, that he was nothing less than blessed when eight years earlier he was given the...

The herd that calmed my nerves

I woke up nervous. Let’s be real, I went to sleep nervous and a few hours of rest didn’t eliminate that feeling in my gut. I was headed to a ranch, there was a lot of snow and I had never photographed cattle in that white stuff before. But if there’s ever a family to...