Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersAgriculture-related college degree, Farm/Crop management (3 years or less), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:Animal Nutrition and Care product sales; Crop Protection product sales
Briefly describe your current occupation(s) and responsibilities and list previous agricultural employment and experiences. If you are currently farming or ranching, please state the size, type(s), and location of the operation.My husband, Ben, and I currently operate a value added feed store in Sidney. We work with our customers to help create rations for calves, cows and hogs. We also work address challenges on operations such as water quality and soil born diseases. We help customers maximize the feed that they have with tools such as bailage, inoculant and protein supplements. Ben and I also manage a lease in North Dakota. We care for approximately 140 cows on the home place and in the National Grass Lands. We also raise approximately 300 acres of hay. We are responsible for all of the day to day operations. In our free time, we work on our flip house so we also have some construction skills.
My husband and I were both raised in production ag. Ben was raised on a diversified farm and ranch outside of Sidney. They primarily raised wheat, pulse crops and cattle. He was extensively involved in the day to day operations through High School and College. I was raised on a cow calf operation outside of Choteau. My family also direct marketed meat. We now own and operate The Meat Shoppe in Bozeman. This has helped me to see and learn about the opportunities and challenges of direct marketing.
CountiesChouteau, Lewis & Clark, Pondera, Richland, Teton
Type of OperationHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats)
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.Ranch Goals
• Sustainable organization structure that provides security, incentives and accountability for all parties involved.
• Sustainable land and cattle through constant review, continued education and soil health.
• Minimize risk by adding value to commodities i.e. Montana raised beef
• Improve long term security by continuing to advocate for the agricultural industry
The ranch produces Alfalfa hay, grain hay and calves. Most of the Alfalfa hay is marketed to other producers. Calves are backgrounded to add value to both the grain hay and the calves produced on the ranch. We will also custom feed calves for area ranchers. Some of our calves will be fed to finish and marketed to The Meat Shoppe in Bozeman. Dry heifers will also be marketed to The Meat Shoppe as grass fed beef. The direct marketing will allow us to sell a portion of our products outside of the commodity market.