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Working Ranch - March 2016

72 | WORKING RANCH | MARCH 2016 rotational grazing system using 33 different pastures. Deckert’s bulls are marketed alongside Ludvigson Stock Farm’s Red Angus herd in a February bull sale held north of Mandan. Tour-goers then made the short trip from the Deckerts’ ranch to the Kal- Kota Ranch north of Steele. Ed Kalianoff has raised purebred cattle for 41 years. Today he and his wife Anne and son Michael raise purebred Red Angus and Gelbvieh cattle. The family relies on an extensive embryo The tour began at Deckert Simmental Ranch near Arena, where Justin Deckert showcased his purebred Simmental herd. Deckert along with his wife Carrie, and children, Jaden, Paige and Jaxon, started the purebred herd in 2010. Today, the family produces an elite group of hybrid offspring utilizing top-flight Red Angus genetics to allow their customers to fully utilize the crossbreeding potential of their own herds. The family began experimenting with early winter grazing and practices a eef enthusiasts from four states took part in the 29th Annual NDSA All Breeds Cattle Tour October 2, 2015 in south central North Dakota. The daylong tour gave attendees an in-depth look at nine of the state’s top seedstock operations featuring Angus, Gelbvieh, Limousin, Red Angus and Simmental cattle. The cool fall temperatures didn’t deter the more than 180 tour members who were also treated to breakfast, lunch and a prime rib supper. More than 25 vehicles joined the tour caravan as it wove through south central North Dakota. The tour served 185 cattle producers from the four-state area. Steve Koester of Koester Red Angus near Steele, N.D., concentrates his family’s operation on producing long-aged bulls through their fall-calving program.


Working Ranch - March 2016
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