“It Can Be Done, But It’s Not Easy”

A Story of Uncommon Perseverance with Darryl McNair of Spanish Rose Simmentals By Courtney Wesner Last year, I was privileged to hear one of the most truthful stories of perseverance, heart, and guts that I have ever heard ~ it is the story of Darryl McNair of Spanish Rose Simmentals. Let me share with you…

A Family Thing — A Visit with Jay Volk of J&C Simmentals

Things do not always withstand the test of time. Barn paint fades and chips, feed bunks rust out, fence posts rot at the ground, and businesses that once thrived in their prime are pushed out by the new guy next door. J&C Simmentals is not one of those things. Proven, tested, and still thriving today, this family Simmental operation has withstood the test of time and witnessed first-hand the breed that we know today evolve from its start.

The Rancher’s Way with Daniel Ulmanis

The Rancher’s Way with Daniel Ulmanis The next generation of ranching and ASA Field Representation By Courtney Wesner Every cattleman knows the tranquility that comes over as you check cows in the pasture. Whether you hop on a horse, jump in the truck, straddle the four-wheeler, or slide across the bench of an ATV to…

“It Takes a Breeder to Know a Breeder”

“It Takes a Breeder to Know a Breeder” A closer look at evaluation with 2014 National Western judge Tom Hook By Courtney Wesner Becoming a reputable seedstock breeder could be and has been described by many as an uphill battle. It’s something like becoming a respected politician. Honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, and a clean record are…

Inspiration through Education with Dr. Bert Moore

Inspiration through Education with Dr. Bert Moore Teaching from chalkboard to ringside  By Courtney Wesner Bert Moore, Ph.D., has always inspired. A true educator at heart, Moore has spent his adult life teaching the next generation of animal scientists at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo. His newly contracted position as an American Simmental…

Been There; More Than Done That

Been There; More Than Done That The Story of the Celebrated Breeder Bill Couch By Courtney Wesner “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” or so the saying goes. But when it comes to Indiana breeder, Bill Couch “An old breeder can teach a new breeder new tricks.” In Couch’s words, “It’s easier to…