Predators, Parasites? No Problem

Brad and Joanna Carter’s registered Angus and Boer Goats may be a small-time operation, but that doesn’t stop them from taking specific steps towards improving their breeding programs.
“We AI our cattle, but we’re not brave enough to AI our goats,” Joanna laughed. The Carters have had goats for five years, and cattle for longer than that. When they moved to their current location, in Dadeville, Mo., Brad said their fields were covered with serecia lespedeza. “The cattle wouldn’t eat it, that and all our brush. So we got goats to take care of it,” he recalled.

Ozarks Roots-Products Missouri: Black is Green

For many in the Ozarks, charcoal plants are so familiar we don’t give them much thought.  But do you know how something as unremarkable as a burning stick of wood has shaped our world?

Raising Champions: Cattle and Kids

The Diehl family knows what can come from a family working, and playing, together

Rural Limousin

It has been purebred Limousin, even with their part-time breeding program, for Stephen and Judith Fugitt

Simmental Business: A Family Affair

Aaron and Jennie Owen have raised a family and made a life in the registered Simmental cattle business

Charolais for Easy Keeping

Virgil Anderson came to Barry County, Mo., to raise Quarterhorses.
Fifteen years later, the hills of his 90-acre farm are dotted not with the equines he first envisioned, but with the white, sturdy bodies of Charolais cattle. The horse project just hadn’t worked out — his mares wouldn’t breed and the market was turning gloomy.

The Freshness of Natural

For Steve and Tammy Alger, raising grass and grain fed chickens, sheep and goats is just a small part of their beautifully simple way of life. Steve and Tammy married 23 years ago, moved to Southwest Missouri from Illinois 15 years ago, and now have ten children together: Jennifer, Emily, Amanda, David, Joshua, Rebekah, Samara, James, Hannah and Paul (all are pictured above except David, Jennifer and Emily).

Advancing the Family Cattle Business

Lifelong resident of Webster County, Aaron Day can’t remember ‘not’ having cattle.  His dad, Jim Day, gave him his first show heifer when he was nine years old.  “It was a deal.  I did the work and I only had to pay for half of her.  It instilled the facts that I needed to take care of her.  I had an investment in her myself, so it meant something to me.  That got me started with cattle.  I’ve shown cattle since I was nine.”

Ozarks Roots-A Texas Rancher in Missouri

The sun has just crept above the eastern horizon.  Sunlight glints off the windows of the house on the hill, but it will be awhile before it strikes the horses and cattle in the low-lying pastures on each side of the house.  Bill and Georgia McCloy and their youngest son, Ben, have finished their morning coffee and head to the barn.

Cutting Edge Production

For Mary Beller it was a desire to reach out and grow that led her to the show arena.
“This was an opportunity for me to get out and do something on my own,” said Mary, owner of Rafter B Cutting Horses in Cabool.  “But Robert is my support; I couldn’t do this without him!”
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