Working Ranch Radio Show
Ep 43: It’s the S Word… Sustainability.

Ep 43: It’s the S Word… Sustainability.

October 14, 2021

Today we talk about "Sustainability" of livestock agriculture.  It’s not a dirty word but we often associate it with having to defending our industry.  What if we looked at from a proactive approach rather than a defensive approach.  Dr. Kim Stackhouse-Lawson from Colorado State University is my guest today as we talk about why animal agriculture has a future AND information that can help us be proactive in protecting our industry.

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Ep 42: Winter Nutrition – Keeping it Simple!

Ep 42: Winter Nutrition – Keeping it Simple!

October 7, 2021

It’s easy to get lost in the weeds of animal nutrition.  With feed costs considerably higher this year how do we keep it simple yet make sure the cow’s getting what she needs in a cost-effective manner.  Josh Stroh, Beef Nutritionist for Hubbard Feeds is my guest as we talk about the nutritional aspect of wintering cows and all I asked of him… was to keep it simple!

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Ep 41: 10 Things to Profitability, Efficiency & Productivity

Ep 41: 10 Things to Profitability, Efficiency & Productivity

September 30, 2021

What would be 5 things you might own or do that would have exponential return on investment in an effort to run a profitable ranch.  Maybe it’s a tool, a piece of equipment, or a management practice.  Dallas Mount, CEO of Ranch Management Consultants, and host Justin Mills sit down and compare their lists of 5 things and discuss why they think they are important.

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Ep 40: BQA… Why should I?

Ep 40: BQA… Why should I?

September 23, 2021

Today I’m joined by a panel of guests as we talk about the Beef Quality Assurance Program.  It’s purpose, where it’s headed, and how it has impacted the beef product all the way to the consumer… and why this is our industry’s way of managing ourselves.

Guests: Kim Bracket, Trey Patterson, Josh White, & Sarah Reece

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Ep 39: The TRUTH on Cow Longevity

Ep 39: The TRUTH on Cow Longevity

September 16, 2021

It’s a huge factor in the ranching business that affects profitability… and it’s called Cow Longevity.  Dr. Bethany Funnell, with Purdue University, is our guest as we talk the economics of when that cow becomes a profit center, factors affecting longevity, and how we can increase the opportunity for that cow to be in our herd longer.

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Ep 38: Watch List… The current state of affairs in Washington D.C.

Ep 38: Watch List… The current state of affairs in Washington D.C.

September 9, 2021

As ranchers we get up every morning preparing to handle the business of the day.  But what about this business back in Washington DC being negotiated that affects the ranching industry?  Ryan Yates, with the American Farm Bureau Federation joins me as we discuss Waters of the US, Supply Chain Issues, 30 x 30, and a big one… tax concerns for ranchers on potentially new legislation.

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Ep 37: Feed Yards… a view from the “Middle-Woman”.

Ep 37: Feed Yards… a view from the “Middle-Woman”.

September 2, 2021

As Ranchers we understand the cow/calf side of the business.  But what about the next step in the beef chain… the grow yards and the feed yards.  Trista Brown Priest joins me from Cattle Empire in Satanta, Kansas with a look into the Feed Yard Business.  What’s it look like today, their struggles, why is she optimistic, and her advice to ranchers on sending cattle to the feed yard.  

Plus, it's Limousin in this week's breed spotlight.

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Ep 36: Weather Patterns…Predicting the Next Major Drought

Ep 36: Weather Patterns…Predicting the Next Major Drought

August 26, 2021

In ranching WEATHER is one variable that is just part of the business.  But what if you knew when the next major drought was going to happen?  Would it help you manage better?  Meteorologist Don Day joins me for an in depth look at understanding weather cycles, what modern weathercasting and models are missing and a long-term outlook for weather through the winter and spring of 2022.

Plus... Gelbvieh and Balancer is in this week's "Breed Spotlight".

#workingranchmagazine #workingranchnation @justinmills.wyocowboy #ranchlife #ranching #simmentalassociation @dayweather #weather #beef #cows #livestock #cattle #GelbviehBalancer

Ep 35: Ranch Recovery Following a Wildfire

Ep 35: Ranch Recovery Following a Wildfire

August 19, 2021

A lightning storm can dramatically and instantly change the dynamics of a ranch when it creates a wildfire that races across your land.  Travis Brown with the LO Cattle Company in Sand Springs, Montana joins me as we talk about how they recovered from a massive wildfire in 2017, how the recovery strategies have some application even for those that are facing drought or other natural disasters, and how the ranching community reached out to help.

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Ep 34: Outlook for Calf Market.

Ep 34: Outlook for Calf Market.

August 12, 2021

The 2021 calf market is starting to take shape.  We hear from Clint Berry with Superior Livestock and Joe Goggins of Northern Livestock Video Auction about what they are seeing in the marketplace for this year’s calf sales and why they are optimistic for the upcoming years.

Plus, it's the Beefmaster in out Breed Spotlight.

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Ep 33: Are you setting your calves up for success?

Ep 33: Are you setting your calves up for success?

August 4, 2021

It’s that time of year for preconditioning and preparing for weaning.  Are you setting your calves up for success?  Dr. Randall Spare, Ashland Veterinary Center, joins me as we not only talk the specifics on preconditioning and weaning, but what he believes is the single biggest factor to helping your cattle through the stress of this time year.  

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Ep 32: Telling the story of the Working Ranch through Rodeo.

Ep 32: Telling the story of the Working Ranch through Rodeo.

July 28, 2021

Ranch Rodeos... for the Working Ranch Cowboys Association it's a way they can tell the story of the American Rancher.  Leman Wall, Association Manager talks about how the WRCA uses it’s organization to promote the ranching industry.  Plus a new event at this year's World Championship Ranch Rodeo.  

#workingranchmagazine #workingranchnation @justinmills.wyocowboy #ranchlife #ranching #simmentalassociation @dayweather #weather #beef #cows #WRCA #ranchrodeo

Ep 31: Are you “On the Fence” of Barbed or High Tensile?

Ep 31: Are you “On the Fence” of Barbed or High Tensile?

July 22, 2021

FENCES.  It’s a part of every ranch in the country.  While some components of fencing have changed over the years, for the most part, barbed wire fences are traditionally what is used today.  Jay Clark, with Clark Ranch out of Brownwood, TX, joins me as we discuss barbed wire versus high tensile fencing.

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Ep 30: HAY! Other Options in Drought?

Ep 30: HAY! Other Options in Drought?

July 15, 2021

In times of drought comes tough decisions… and higher hay prices.  Dr. Steve Paisely, Beef Extension Specialist for the University of Wyoming, joins me as we talk about feeding alternatives and adaptations we can make in our operations to manage drought.  Plus, a special segment with the Captn', Tim O'Byrne, on Agriculture Land “Bid Manipulating”.

#workingranchmagazine #workingranchnation @justinmills.wyocowboy #ranchlife #ranching #simmentalassociation @dayweather #beef #droughtrelief #uwyo #gopokes #uw #gelbvieh

Ep 29: What do the trends in Carcass Traits tell us?

Ep 29: What do the trends in Carcass Traits tell us?

July 7, 2021

Dr. Ken Odde from K-State is our guest as we review the Carcass Trait Trends from 17 years of data through the Tri-County Carcass Futurity.  What does the information tell us and how is it applicable to your ranch going forward?

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Epi 28: Succession Planning… The Elephant in the Room

Epi 28: Succession Planning… The Elephant in the Room

June 24, 2021

Succession Planning is a tough topic for ranching families to discuss, let alone get it done.  Ranch Consultant and Coach Allan Crockett joins me as we talk about the differences between Estate Planning and Succession Planning, the first steps to start the process… and how this can impact your legacy to the next generation.

#workingranchmagazine #workingranchnation @justinmills.wyocowboy #ranchlife #ranching #simmentalassociation @dayweather #succession #estateplanning #legacy @allancrockett

Ep 27: Conservation Easements: Proceed with caution… Perpetuity is a long time.

Ep 27: Conservation Easements: Proceed with caution… Perpetuity is a long time.

June 17, 2021

Conservation Easements.  It’s a subject that brings out strong opinions for some and questions for others.  We'll hear the pros and cons of this tool available for land owners and what to be aware of if you are considering a Conservation Easement.  Kelly Beevers with Topos & Anthros provides a third-party perspective and Cole Mannix will provide the landowner view.

Plus, our Breed Spotlight shines on the Beefmaster Breed in this episode.

#workingranchmagazine #workingranchnation @justinmills.wyocowboy #ranchlife #ranching #simmentalassociation  @dayweather #conservationeasements #beefmaster @collinosbourn @kellybeevers @ColeMannix

Ep 26: Risk Mitigation with LRP & PRF

Ep 26: Risk Mitigation with LRP & PRF

June 9, 2021

Much of our work as ranchers revolves around managing and protecting our investment in land, livestock, and other assets.  But what about protection over things you can’t control, like the cattle markets and weather.  Errol Rice of Ranchers Insurance details two products available from the USDA’s Risk Management’s Agency:  The Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) and Pasture Range Forage Insurance (PRF).

#workingranchmagazine #workingranchnation @justinmills.wyocowboy #ranchlife #ranching #simmentalassociation  @dayweather @errolrice #ranchersinsurance #RMA #USDA

Ep 25: Angus…staying relevant to the commercial producer.

Ep 25: Angus…staying relevant to the commercial producer.

June 3, 2021

In 1873 two bulls of this breed were exhibited at the Kansas City Livestock Exposition.  Some considered them freaks because they had no horns and where straight black.  Today it’s the largest cattle breed in the country with a branded beef marketing program like no other.  Mark McCully, CEO for the American Angus Association joins us to talk about how the breed has evolved, targeted breeding programs for the commercial rancher, and improvements he feels could be made in the angus cow.  

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Ep 24: The BIG Meeting on the BIG 4

Ep 24: The BIG Meeting on the BIG 4

May 26, 2021

It’s never been done before, but the concern in the cattle industry over the integrity of our markets and packer concentration brought the member leaders of six livestock groups together for one meeting.  Three of those representatives in attendance at that meeting join me for a discussion about what was talked about, what’s at stake, and what success looks like to them.

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