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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 disease”), bovine tuberculosis, and brucellosis,…
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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 Phillips County we have received…
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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.                           The afternoon session was held…
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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 let me begin with a…
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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 all had abundant water.   The…
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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 total funds to $410,000. The…
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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 pastures before feeding hay. Our…
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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 is the 7th year in…
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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 rancher who attended a one…
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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 areas to their freshmen students?…
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