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Jun 19, 2012

How Is Your Hay Season Going?6

Hay season is off to a great start for my family, with a first-cutting nearly complete. We are busy stacking and moving round bales, and we have....More
Jun 18, 2012

Raising Kids In Ag & Building For The Future4

I was recently reminded of a quote by Theodore Roosevelt. Our former president once said, “I do not believe there was ever a life more attractive....More
Jun 13, 2012

Beef Checkoff Reaches Out To Hispanic Shoppers2

My husband’s first job out of college was working as a supervisor of the boneless loin line at JBS-Swift in Worthington, MN. His job was to oversee....More
Jun 12, 2012

Celebrate Cowboys And Cattlemen This Father’s Day4

June is the month to bale hay and watch the corn grow. June also marks Father’s Day and my dad’s birthday. For my dad, these special days are usually....More
Jun 12, 2012

Manage Your Pastures1

Rotational grazing is a practice that was implemented on our ranch years ago. Making smaller paddocks and rotating our cows through each one helps to....More
Jun 08, 2012

Setting Standards For Replacement Heifers6

Replacement heifers are certainly an investment. At our ranch, we usually retain 50% of our heifer crop each year to develop and retain in the....More
Jun 07, 2012

Ag Banker Advice: Opportunities And Risks In Ranch Business

“Are you becoming complacent?” This is the question posed by Nate Franzen, agribusiness division manager at First Dakota National Bank in Yankton, SD....More
Jun 06, 2012

Consumer Trend: Bigger, Better, But More Spendy Burgers

Memorial Day weekend is officially the kickoff to summer grilling season, and now that it’s passed, many are speculating whether consumers will be....More
Jun 05, 2012

Women’s Magazines Blame Farmers For Breeding Superbugs27

Flipping through two popular women’s magazines recently, I was disturbed to find articles featuring animal agriculture. In the May editions of SELF....More
Jun 01, 2012

Practical Considerations For Baling Hay12

Last week, we got our first cutting of hay down. For my husband Tyler and I, that meant meals in the field and a date night of riding together in the....More
May 30, 2012

NEW Video, Photo Gallery: My Role As A Cattle Rancher

It’s hard to believe it’s the last day of May. At our ranch, we’ve been incredibly busy, and the days are just flying by! It seems we just got done....More
May 29, 2012

How Do We Solve The U.S. Debt Crisis?11

With the presidential election just months away, our nation’s leaders seem to be at a standstill, as politicians avoid sticking their necks out too....More
May 29, 2012

Getting Kids On The Ranch Payroll3

When I was a kid, my dad would sell me my show heifer each year. Slowly, my cowherd grew, and when a customer would come to buy one of my bulls, it....More
May 28, 2012

Roper Apparel Celebrates Beef Month

From Asian short ribs to Greek steaks, amateur chefs and ranchers brought a taste of world cuisine to BEEF magazine in celebration of May Beef Month....More
May 23, 2012

Weigh In On Industry Challenges2

As a young beef producer, I have my fair share of concerns about the cattle business. Obtaining the credit to purchase cattle, land, feed and....More
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A fifth-generation rancher from Mitchell, SD, Amanda grew up on a purebred Limousin cattle operation in which she and husband Tyler are active. She graduated with a degree in agriculture journalism...
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