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Kevin and Lynette Thompson brought TNT Simmental Ranch to life in 1985. Now, their daughter, Shanon Erbele, and her husband, Gabriel, are taking over the reins, and their sale is for Feb. 10.
Even if it's not a lucrative venture, the hobby of raising rabbits continues at this farm near Sebeka, Minnesota.
Maddock Ranch has a commercial herd made up of 100 cows and feeds about 400 to 500 calves annually.
There's something about Red Angus that caught the eye of this Hitterdal, Minnesota, beef producer.

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The family is growing their commercial black Angus operation to include the exciting genetics that wagyu fans are hungry for.
A South Dakota cattle rancher and his veterinarian wife figure out a bale grazing plan that allows minimal winter care.
The shaggy looking long-horned Highland cattle breed is gaining popularity for their gentle nature and good quality meat. The Cowell family in southern Minnesota raises and shows the breed and had a successful trip to the National Western Stock Show in Denver this year.
Ferndale raises its turkeys free range and with no antibiotics, a rarity in the nation’s No. 1 turkey producing state. Birds will be outdoors from some time in April right up the big rush of processing right before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Katie Dolan, owner of Gypsy Vanner Ranch near Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, is a breeder and has a fledgling carriage business, which she plans to expand.
The Olsons have been in the purebred business since 1936 and are the longest-running Hereford seedstock producer in North Dakota.

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On land that was farmed as a dairy for over 50 years, Tiffany Tripp and Andy Olson run Graise Farm, where they raise a few hundred ducks for eggs, chickens for eggs and farrow-to-finish pastured pork.
John and Stephanie Jung have managed to market uniquely colored boer goats without sacrificing genetic quality in their herd.
Beef producer Ed Melroe of Kulm, North Dakota, is among the producers who say the current times continue to be unsustainable for cow-calf producers and feeders. The Hellwig family that operates Hub City in Aberdeen, South Dakota, describes the big numbers of animals they are dealing with, and that even with higher prices producers are hit with the cost-price squeeze.

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