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  • 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…
  • Welcome to the Jacobs Ranch

    Hello all, my name is Perri Jacobs and I am the Vice President of RSA.  I will be guest blogging for the month of April and I hope you enjoy your time with me.  My husband and I, as well as his parents own and operate Jacobs Ranch, Inc.  Do…
  • Sheep Shearing

    I spent some time last week helping shear sheep at my dad's place.  No sheep were harmed in this process.  Sometimes they will be nicked by the blades, but it is no different than when your husband nicks himself shaving.  Sheep are shorn in the spring to help keep them…
  • Organic Farming with the Merrimans

    March is finally here and things are picking up on our operation.  My husband and I own and operate an organic grain farm 15 miles South of Malta (4M Farms) and lease additional acres approximately 50 miles from our place.  We grow Kamut (www.kamut.com) and wheat mostly, but have grown…
  • Welcome to the RSA Website

    Welcome to the updated RSA website.  My husband and I ranch in South Phillips County, Montana.  My husband’s family came to this part of Montana in 1886. My family came in 1896. Both were sheep ranches at that time.  This family history in the area is part of why our…
  • Five Common Misconceptions

    Today let’s discuss five common misconceptions in regards to production agriculture and the farmers and ranchers that produce our food.  It has been said here before if you eat you are involved in agriculture. #5 – All large farms are corporate farms. In Montana the vast majority of our farms…
  • Economic Impact of Ranching

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau the estimated population of Phillips County Montana in 2015 was 4,169.  The county has a total area of 5,212 square miles (Connecticut is 5440 square miles) of which 5,140 square miles is land and 72 square miles is water. It is the second-largest county…