Most Wilson Ranch calves go
back to grass after a winter
backgrounding period, and are
marketed as long yearlings.
Retained ownership is sometimes
practiced, with calves sent to a
custom feedyard for fi nishing.
he gets it — Jaclyn
why some other cowcalf
question her credibility.
On the one hand,
she readily talks about
the advantages of a defi ned calving
season – one having a beginning, an
end, and a limited number of days
between. She believes a rancher can
manage herd nutrition and health, as
well as labor, more optimally when
cows are nearer the same stage of production.
Less variation in age means
the calf crop is more uniform. And the
breeding herd’s reproductive effi ciency
should increase through the retention
of heifers born to cows that perform
under tight reproductive management.
On the other hand, Jaclyn admits
that she is engaged in “calving”
during nearly seven months of the
year. Where’s the effi ciency in that?
Jaclyn’s walk matches her talk
when you understand that she’s
calving out multiple herds throughout
different calving periods. These
include the heifers and cows on her
family’s home ranch, which calve in
late spring. Additionally, there are the
early-spring and fall-calving groups
of embryo transfer recipient cows
owned by Flying Diamond Genetics,
a separate business founded by Jaclyn.
More recently, Jaclyn launched a
direct-sales beef business. She also
makes time to pen a regular column
for an ag publication; sharing experiences
from life and her perspective as
a rancher and beef industry advocate.
She has waded knee-deep into industry
advocacy, through involvement
in state and national cattle organizations.
Jaclyn Wilson has plenty of
irons in the fi re.
A fi fth-generation cattle producer,
Jaclyn’s home is the Wilson Ranch,
located in the western reaches of
Nebraska’s Sandhills. Her family has
been ranching some 13 miles northeast
of Lakeside since the days of the open
range. She grew up there, near the original
1888 homestead site, and left to
attend the University of Nebraska.
“I didn’t quite fi nish college,” tells
Jaclyn, who returned home in 2002.
“I came home to help on the ranch
one summer and just stayed.”
At the time of Jaclyn’s return, her
father and an uncle were managing
the long-time cow-calf-yearling operation
in partnership. The brothers
have since divided the property and
Jaclyn has partnered with her parents,
Blaine and Charlie.
“My dad is my mentor and role
model, and just a pretty cool guy,”
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