Champions on the hoof and under the hide

Champions on the hoof and under the hide

Champions on the hoof and under the hide Alexis “Lexi” Koelling has been pulling a heifer around since she was three. Now 15, she’s no stranger to the winner’s circle, but you wouldn’t know by talking to her. You’d have to prod her a bit to find out she won Grand...

Dreamers and doers

If you could have one wish, any wish, what would it be? More resources, greater assets, the best genetics or something else? My recent time back in Kansas reminded me that everyone works with what they have. It’s fun to dream, but at the end of the day some factors...

Smiles, Success

By the end of the day, my cheeks hurt from laughing. Normally it’s my feet that hurt after a ranch visit, not my face. I didn’t know what to expect on my first visit to a Canadian ranch. I sure didn’t expect to smile so much and leave with a sunburn. What I did...

Time and data will tell

My red Ford Focus looked out of place at the Richmond, Kentucky auction barn. Surrounded by pickups and trailers, my Ohio tags were a long way from home and looked it. But when I walked through the doors of the salebarn restaurant, I was greeted like family. It was...

Ovine to bovine

I was a sheep kid growing up. My home life was cattle, we made a living off of them entirely, but I loved showing sheep the most. I could go on and on about the animal but the industry itself I had no interest in – cattle ranching runs through my blood. I met Fred...