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  • Animal Health, Food Safety, and Sustainability

    On a ranching operation, animal health is integral to sustainability.  Although this may seem like stating the obvious, the consequence of mistrusted animal health is debilitation of individual operators or of the industry in a particular region or country, as diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or “mad cow…
  • Low-Stress Cattle Handling at the French Ranch

    It is officially the first day of autumn! Since my last entry, areas of the United States have been coping with hurricanes, while in drought-stricken Montana we went from a high of 96oF on Monday, September 11th to 43oF on Thursday, September 14th with snow at higher elevations.  In south…
  • Jim Gerrish Workshop

    Ranchers Stewardship Alliance held a Sustainable Ranch Management workshop featuring Jim Gerrish of American Grazing Lands Services on September 19th.    It was well attended and packed full of information.  The morning was spent in the class room.                          …
  • Greetings from the French Ranch

    Greetings from the French ranch! My name is Taylor French; I live and work with my husband, Wayne, on the ranch that his grandparents built in south Phillips County.  I was raised in Calgary, Canada, with no background in agriculture, and my post-secondary education consisted of anthropology and chemistry, so…
  • Walsh Ranch Cattle Moves, Water, & Remnants of the Past

    2017 has brought new challenges with the drought.   Many ranchers have it much worse than we do.  We were fortunate enough last year to receive 30” of rain.  The normal is 10-12”.  With that said, our grass was in great condition going into the spring and the reservoirs and pits…
  • Grant Award from NFWF

    Ranchers Stewardship Alliance receives Grant Award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation LOCATION (June 26, 2017) – Ranchers Stewardship Alliance, Inc. (RSA) has been awarded a $300,000 conservation grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), RSA’s president Leo Barthelmess announced. Additional matching funds of $110,000 bring the…
  • Howdy from the Walsh Ranch

    Howdy from the Walsh Ranch.    We are a cow/calf operation on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.  My husband is 1/8 Gros Ventre.   He has lived on the same ranch his entire life.  We raise hay to supplement our cows in the winter.   We try to utilize the grazing forage in…
  • June a busy month at Barthelmess Ranch

    What a busy month, I had every intention of writing this blog shortly after the Barthelmess Ranch grazing tour. It has been 2 weeks since the ranch tour on June 15 and The Nature Conservancy’s Matador science symposium on June 14, the summer is just getting away from me. This…
  • Hello from the Barthelmess Ranch

    Good day everyone my name is Leo Barthelmess and because I drew the short straw, I will be producing the June blog for the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance. This is the first one I've ever done so be patient as I try to fill you in. I am a 3rd generation…
  • Great Falls High Freshman learn about Farm and Ranch Conservation.

    Twenty-nine Great Falls High School Freshman accompanied by teachers, administrators, school board members and Foundation Board members recently toured South Phillips County. Last year the teachers had received a dream big $100,000 grant, by thinking “what if.”  What if there was a subject that could be taught across all curriculum…
  • Jacobs Ranch signing off

    A typical April will find us regularly monitoring the cows that are calving, watching for birthing problems, and especially if the weather is cold we watch for babies that may have been chilled.  We have had an unusually warm month.  So I have not had any calves in the basement…
  • Wildlife Wednesday

    It is always exciting to see the number and variety of wildlife and birds that call our neighborhood home.  As ranchers, we see it as our responsibility to sustain the environment for the protection of wildlife and bird habitat as well as food and fiber production.  Without sustainability, there is…
  • Another Foto Friday at Jacobs Ranch

    We are very lucky to live and work in "Big Sky Country"  I am reminded of that every day when I look out the window.  We have a great view of the Little Rockies to the west and after that, it is nothing but wide open spaces.  I thought I…
  • Our 4 legged household

    Our household would not be complete without our 4 legged family.  Hubby and I don’t have any human children, but the antics of our pets keep us amused.  First, we have Bandit, who came with me when we married.  He is a 12-year-old Red Heeler, Australian Shepherd cross that I…
  • Foto Friday at Jacobs Ranch

    Yes we are still calving.  Thought you would enjoy some “baby” pics.  Although we are a Black Angus beef cow operation we do have one Jersey dairy cow.  Sometimes you will have a calf or two that doesn’t have a mom, which can happen for a variety of reasons.  In…