How do You Get More Chops?

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For Bill Berg and his family, who's farm lies just southwest of Exeter, Mo., raising hogs has been part of their lives for many years. “I was raised here. My parents moved here from Pratt County, Kansas and bought 120 acres.” Bill shared that his dad raised hogs and butchered them as well. Bill's own childhood memories of having pigs on the farm were also echoed in the next two generations. His daughter, Bridget Schreiner, second youngest of four daughters that Bill and Barbara Berg have, recalled late summer nights of sitting near the sows waiting for baby pigs to be born. Bills 18-year-old grandson, Jesse Hinds, who is the son of daughter Becky, has enjoyed helping his grandpa with the pigs since he was a toddler.

The Top of the Line

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Wallen Prairie Ranch, and Paul and Rhonda Wallen strive for the best Beefmaster cattle possible Paul Wallen and his wife Rhonda took a big risk...

A Dorset Dynasty

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White-faced Dorset sheep can be seen grazing the pastures near the home of Ronnie and Debbie Dains, residents of Rockville, Mo.

Doing What Works

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Witt Ranch works to increase efficiency through a highly-managed grazing operation About 15 years ago, Nathan and Tracy Witt purchased a 310-acre dairy farm that...

Keeping it Simple and Keeping Quality

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One glance across the beautiful golden green rolling hills that make up the 2,500 acre Rambling River Ranch owned by Jerry and Gisela Hiland in rural Camden County explains why the former California residents bought this land and traveled back and forth for years, beginning in 1978. “I’m a pilot and I’d fly back every few weeks,” the now retired, full-time Missouri resident and cattle rancher explained recently while sitting in his home with his own panoramic view of the Ozarks. “I was in the retail business back then, working for IBM and then operating a chain of retail cigar stores. My son still has a cigar store in Scottsdale, Ariz., and does a big mail order business but I always had a love for the cattle business. I did my research before buying and although it varies a bit, Missouri is always one of the top states for cattle and cow-calf operations.

Learning and Growing

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MSU Conservation Coordinator says agriculture and conservation go hand in hand The donation of the more than 3,000-acre Journagan Ranch in Mountain Grove, Mo., to...

The Heart of a Cattleman

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Howard and Sandra Hart transformed their operation from commercial cattle to registered Gelbvieh Howard Hart’s heart is in cattle production. Thankfully, he said with a...

Collecting the Data

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White Dorper producer Charlie Robinson traces his with flock with NSIP Charlie Robinson was introduced to Katahdin and Dorper sheep in high school through a...

Taking a Natural Approach

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Bill and Stacey Shields have found their calling at Sunny Spring Farms On a summer morning that feels fresh and bright after a night of...

Taking Profit Up Front

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Jim McDonald has been farming long enough to know pretty much what it will cost to raise a calf to a desired weight.

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