Front Page Photo ~ 11.16.17

Now here’s a lovely photo of some peaceful grazing on a lovely Indian Summer day. Thanks to Gary Kendall for sharing this lovely fall photograph taken by Russ Ewan of Big Timber, Montana.

 

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Front Page Photo ~ 11/9/17

                 

When Margaret Smith-Braniff sent this wonderful series of photos, she explained: “I want to share the back story. Our ranch is south of Buffalo, Wyoming, split by Crazy Woman Creek about eight miles from I-25. The two men featured are Mike Harper and his son Morgan. I lease our grass ranch to Mike

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Front Page Photo ~ 11.2.17

Dwayne Dietz of Billings, Montana, was inducted into the Hereford Hall of Merit at the 2017 Hereford Honoree Reception during the AHA annual meeting. L to R: Terri Barber, 2017 AHA president: Dwayne & Janet Dietz; and Kevin Schultz, 2018 AHA president.

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Front Page Photo ~ 10.26.17

Surrounded by at least six cow dogs ready and waiting to be of assistance, this good-looking line-up of cowboys recently took part in the fall gather on the CA Ranch. L to R: Scot Folkman, Roland Moore, Marc Brogger, Bill Sowa, Kade Ensign, Frank Anderson, Elizabeth Anderson, & Cole Ryan.

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Front Page Photo ~ 10.12.17

All across America’s cow country, this scene is being played and replayed as ranchers go about their fall work and fix to collect their once-a-year income. In this particular photo, Wes Sargent loads a pot of heifers to go from the Sargent Ranch near Shawmut, Montana, to Grass Range, Montana. Kayla Sargent photo.

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Front Page Photo ~ 10.5.17

The REAL Montana class at their inaugural seminar on September 7 in Bozeman, Montana.  Front row, L to R: Kim Gibbs, Rose Malisani, Jillien Streit, Lori Shaw, Lexi Palagi, Lynda Grande, Karen Helfrich, Sarah Norcott, Jeff Welborn, and Jack Alexander.  Back row, L to R: Kevin Kanduch, Christian Rohloff, Brian Thompson, Brad Cook, Andy Lundquist, Bridger Mahlum, Alysha Wilson,

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Front Page Photo 9-28-17

After watching the controversial NFL game openings on Sunday, this little cowboy is a breath of fresh air and a great reminder of what the American rancher continues to stand for. Our country could stand to see a little more of this respect! Lexie Haynes shared this photo and wrote: “Because we live in the land of the free

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Front Page Photo ~ 9.21.17

This was taken September 11 on the MacFarland White Ranch on Ahern Creek in Montana’s Crazy Mountains. We were preg-testing, and all of a sudden, a smoke cloud rolled over us. We couldn’t see this until we crossed the American Fork. Riders are Jason Carlson, Bill Bannon, and Joe Winter. P.S. Susan Metcalf was being bossy and told me

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Front Page Photo ~ 9.14.17

With obvious bonhomie, Montana Senator Steve Daines and China’s U.S. Ambassador Cui shake hands for the cameras. Outfitted with proper Western headgear (as well as a shiny new silver belt buckle and a new pair of cowboy boots, gifts from Steve Daines), Ambassador Cui was also treated to a nice horseback ride in beautiful Montana before turning to the

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Speaking of FAKE NEWS…

By Lisa Schmidt

 

Extrapolations are usually inaccurate and misleading. Sometimes they are harmful. For example, when a writer for Mother Jones magazine visits an Iowa hog barn and experiences the stench, but then extrapolates her experience to describe hog carcasses waiting in dumpsters before being butchered for commercial sales, her article is inaccurate, misleading, and harmful.

Results from a survey

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Front Page Photo ~ 9/7/2017

More of Montana going up in smoke… Thanks to Heather Fuhrman, Red Willow Photography, for sharing this photo of someone’s horses trying to outrun yet another fire. She took the photo on Middle Valley Drive in the Hidden Lake Subdivision off Highway 87 north of Billings, Montana, on August 31.

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Front Page Photo ~ 8/31/2017

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Front Page Photo ~ 8/24/2017

The Running of the Broncs at the beginning of the Tri-County Fair parade in Deer Lodge, Montana, is a crowd favorite each year. Kaehl Berg, owner of Red Eye Rodeo Co. , leads the broncs at a full gallop down Main Street as cowboys keep them moving toward the fairgrounds for the NRA rodeo Saturday evening. Pat Hansen photo.

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Front Page Photo ~ 8-10-2017

It doesn’t come any cuter than this… Caught by the lens while adjusting her hat, two-year-old Julie Mortenson levels a no-nonsense look at photographer Corinne Hammond during an Indian Creek Ranch branding earlier this summer east of Billings, Montana. The WAR editor predicts that Julie’s father Dan Mortensen will have more problems with his two lovely daughters than he

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Front Page Photo 7-20-17

Work Ethic 101 taking place in Wilsall, Montana, as four-year-old Graydin Arthun feeds Wally the bottle calf. Thanks to Kelsi Arthun for sharing.

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Front Page Photo 7-13-17

This good-looking hitch of mules — driven by Jon Overmyer of Overmyer Farms, Davenport, WA — won the Four-Abreast Class recently held at the 2017 Big Sky Draft Horse Expo in Deer Lodge, Montana. The four-abreast hitch is often used on a farm to pull a variety of farm equipment. Pat Hansen photo.

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Front Page Photo 7-6-17

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Craig Uden, a cattle feeder and rancher from Elwood, Nebraska, traveled to China last week to formally mark the return of U.S. beef to the Chinese market after a 13-year hiatus. In the photo above, Secretary Perdue (center) ceremonially cuts into a Nebraska prime rib in Beijing,

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Front Page Photo 6-29-17

To accompany our coverage of this year’s drought as well as the crop conditions around parts of Reporter country, this June 20 USDA map seemed particularly appropriate. Yellow areas mean Abnormally Dry, orange areas mean Severe Drought, and red areas mean Extreme Drought – sadly, there’s way too much of Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota that are covered

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Front Page Photo 6-22-17

And here’s the Amish version of Roman Riding! This photo was taken at the 2017 Montana Horse Progress Days held at the Reuben Miller Farm, Moore, MT, on June 2 & 3. While the details for the horseman aren’t known, the blue roan Percherons are Blue and Bill, who found a new home in Veteran, Wyoming.

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Front Page Photo 6-8-17

Now here are not only four handsome cowboy lads but also four kinds of trouble! Hats on their heads, boots on their feet, they are ready for anything! Thanks to my friend Sandy Seaton Sallee of Emigrant, Montana, for sharing this swell photo. She wrote: “We were branding a dozen head of new mules and horses, and our grandsons

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Front Page Photo 6-1-17

Work Ethic 101 taking place here on the working end of a shovel! Thanks to Matt Ryan of Ryan Bros. Trucking in Thermopolis, Wyoming, for sharing. “My son Gabe is the fourth generation of Ryan Brothers Trucking. He is learning some Work Ethic 101 in the less glamorous part of cattle trucking!” Hats off to Gabe for learning to

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Front Page Photo 5-25-17

Work Ethic 101 in progress here as Mike Hammond teaches 8-year-old grandson Everett how to stamp on a hot iron brand during the annual Mother’s Day branding at Indian Creek Ranch east of Billings, Montana. Photo by Corinne Hammond.

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Front Page Photo 5-18-17

Work Ethic alive and well in Harlem, Montana! When Bobbi Schroder shared this swell photo, she wrote: “Here is a picture of our youngest from our ranch crew, Evan Schroder, eight years old. His older sister has taught him how to properly hold a newborn calf for tagging and vaccinating. Evan has Down Syndrome, but that has not limited

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Front Page Photo 5-11-17

Now if this series of photos isn’t perfect for Mother’s Day, the WAR editor doesn’t know what would be! Arriving in the big outside world is a process! Thanks to John L. Moore of Miles City, Montana, for sharing these excellent photos of what he called “the progression” with a 5/8ths Tarentaise heifer and a Red Angus-sired heifer calf. He

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO 4-27-2017

Work Ethic 101 is alive and well in Jordan, Montana, where 3-year-old Colt is feeding the bum lambs at his great-grandparents\’ place! Thanks to Kylee Whiteside for sharing this fun photo

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Front Page Photo 4-20-2017

Montana goes to Nicaragua! Treston Vermandel and Marty Earnhart from the MT Department of Agriculture — along with two Montana ranchers, Bob Redland of Redland Red Angus and Chase Brevig of Brevig Charolais — spent a week in Central America. L to R: Treston Vermandel, Chase Brevig, Bob Redland, Jimmy Bolanos, Oscar Huete, Marty Earnheart, and unknown.

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Community College Series: Part 9 Northeastern Junior College

Community College Series: Part 9Northeastern Junior College

By Leesa Zalesky & Linda Grosskopf

Location: Sterling, ColoradoWeb Address: www.njc.eduFounded: 1941Academic Programs: 80 programs of study including degrees that transfer to four-year institutions as well as online opportunitiesMission: “Northeastern Junior College is committed to developing excellence in our students by instilling knowledge, advancing skills, and providing opportunities to transfer and enter the workforce successfully.”Vision:

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Font Page Photo 4-13-2017

Now here\’s a bunch of good-looking crossbred yearlings in the Centennial Valley near Dillon, Montana, enjoying springtime in Montana! Thanks to Sandy Sallee of Emigrant, Montana, for sharing this nice photo taken by her husband Scott.

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO 3-30-2017

Flanked by his friend Connor Cook, left, Cody Montgomery – a sixth-grader at Huntley Project Schools in Worden, Montana — is NOT idly going through the motions of jotting down prices paid for Vermilion bulls as the auction progressed at PAYS in Billings, Montana, on the afternoon of March 24. Thanks to a bank-rolling grandfather – Harmel Jolly of Wamsutter,

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Front Page Photo 3-23-2017

A scene from all over cow country… When Lisa Schmidt of Conrad, Montana, shared this photo, she wrote: “This newborn just needed a tubing of evaporated and sweetened condensed milk to get him up and going. My daughter Abby says the best part of tubing a calf is licking the sweetened condensed milk from the lid before it freezes!”

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Front Page Photo 3-9-2017

Recently sworn in as the new Secretary of Interior, Montanan Ryan Zinke showed up horseback for his first day of work! That’s him in the cowboy hat. He’s flanked by what he tweeted as “the brave officers of the U.S. Park Police.”

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Front Page Photo 3-2-2017

When this wet calf showed up in the middle of the night, 8-month-old Roader the Beagle was fascinated by the new and unexpected arrival and took it upon himself to be the welcoming committee of one. When Christy Gerdes, who lives east of Billings, Montana, shared this photo, she commented: “This baby\’s mom gave my husband Rance the run-around last

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Front Page Photo 2-23-2017

Work Ethic 101 alive, well, and packing sheep hooks! Thanks to Amy Burroughs Keyes for sharing this great photo. She wrote: “This photo was taken December 29, 2016, on Shearing Day on the Keyes Ranch in Livingston, Montana. Annie, Wyatt, and Kaycee Keyes help Grandpa Butch push sheep down the chute while their dad Ryan shears the ewes and their

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Front Page Photo 2-16-2017

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Front Page Photo 2-9-2017

Work Ethic 101 alive and well on Pryor Creek Ranch east of Billings, Montana. This hardworking little tyke is Axton Mosher, one of Pat Goggins\’ great-grandsons. Axton will be three in March. 

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Front Page Photo 2-2-2017

Thanks to John L. Moore of Miles City, Montana, for sharing this nice shot of his cows coming for grub on a cold winter morning of which we have had many this season!

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