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Deer browse on a pivot. The Hahn family shares a selfl ess desire to care for the land for future generations; patience for one short lifetime of work to preserve resources timelessly treasured by ranchers, recreational users, hunters & anglers alike. A Cowman’s Best Friend at Calving Time! Fits ATV’s and UTV’s! Safe Processing! - Kenny Miller, MO “We really enjoyed the Calf Catcher this spring. Definitely saved on the old body!” Laurel Gilbertson, NE “There is not a piece of equipment on the place that can equal the value of my calf catcher. I could not and would not be in business without it!” Gary Theurer, KS “Everybody needs to own your calf catcher, if they own cows. I couldn’t imagine going through a calving season without it. It works perfect!” Jerry Henshaw, OK “We now have total safety confidence and are stress free when working new born calves. The scale makes it a piece of cake to record their birth weights.” Designed for Processing Safety... - Enables quick and safe calf catching! - Convenient, step in access of producer! - Holder secures calf for easy processing! - User-friendly inside release of calf to cow! - Move calves easier with cow following! - Less cow stress, mother can see and smell calf! - Reduces danger while working new calves! - Quick Mount/Dismount on both ATV & UTVs! ONE PERSON can now SAFELY and EASILY process calves without concern of the protective mother cow! Easy and Safe Catching! Safe Release! Watch action video at SafetyZoneCalfCatchers.com For local dealers or to order, call 877-505-0914 today! DEALER INQUIRY INVITED Now available with a digital scale! Arnold Douglas Hahn, had established in 1908. Today, the recreation destination is the third largest body of water in Montana, and the source of much of the traffi c that passes by on the busy Highway 287. Chuck’s parents, Paul and Dorothy, purchased a fresh 347 acres after the original ranch was condemned, and they started over with the same determination and optimism that prevails in the current generation. “To say that was a devastating time for many ranchers in the valley would be an understatement,” Thompson says. “But somehow, they made it a positive and came out stronger.” Half a century later, the family saw another man-made surge threatening the area. “This valley has grown so fast because we’re so close to population areas and it’s an attractive area for recreation,” Chuck says. Subdivision and development were sprawling out from the lake and surrounding areas, threatening grazing lands and cherished open landscapes. “We’re working to utilize the resources that are available to us while maintaining this environment,” Dusty says. “Part of that is just preserving open spaces, and maintaining that for agricultural purposes.” In 1998, the ranch enrolled in Broadwater County’s fi rst conservation easement with the FWP to maintain 1,680 acres for agricultural purposes in perpetuity. The land sits next to the nationally unique Elkhorn Wildlife Management Unit and now provides a critical link between blocks of federal land to prevent further urban development. “If we’re not able to have a viable land base for livestock grazing, we’re going to be seeing a lot more of these arid landscapes being put into development,” Chuck says. “So the easement keeps those areas open, and it gives us a chance to have our grazing.” The easement allowed the ranch to expand a more effi cient rest-rotational grazing system between their private and publicly leased ground, while also providing fi nancial fl exibility for expansion, allowing more family members to have a place on the ranch. GRAZING FOR DIVERSITY ABOVE AND BELOW GROUND “When we’re up there gathering the cattle, we fi nd elk in the same area as the cattle,” Dusty says. “They tend to follow them around and graze the regrowth that the cattle had grazed down, so it’s defi nitely a mutually benefi cial relationship.” They’ve been enrolled in the Block Management Program for nearly 25 years, where each year, the MARCH 2018 I WORKING RANCH I 79


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