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Idaho CattleWomen Photo Contest

Can you capture the beauty of the Idaho cattle industry at its best? Then put your eye and your camera to the test. It’s time to prepare for the 7th Annual Idaho CattleWomen Council Photo Contest. We have some new categories and new rules, so be sure to read through everything. It’s never too early to capture the beauty of Idaho and the cattle and people who make it great. The photo contest takes place at the Idaho Cattle Association Annual Convention, Nov. 13-15, 2017. Photos will have the opportunity to appear in future ICA publications and communications materials. Watch for contest rules and details in the fall edition of the Line Rider. Click here for all the rules and entry forms.

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Meet an Idaho Rancher: Hannah Malson

Hi, my name is Hannah Malson, and I’m one of Idaho’s beef producers!  I am originally from southern Oregon; but after a year in the Midwest, Parma, Idaho became my home in 2013.

I grew up on a 1200-acre hay farm, but my mom, brother and I have our small herd of show calves that we sell to 4-H and FFA kids. My husband ranches with his family raising registered Angus and Herefords as seedstock. My career in agriculture started at a young age helping out on our family farm, but I was always drawn to the animal side of agriculture. I worked for local cattle companies, helping them exhibit their cattle at shows throughout high school and college. With a college degree in hand, I moved to Iowa to fulfill my dream of living in the Midwest.  During my time there, I was working for Tyson Fresh Meats as a Carcass Merchandiser. Once engaged to my now-husband, it was time to move to Idaho & I started working in procurement for Agri Beef. When an opportunity came to work closer to home, I jumped on it and now am employed at Boise Valley Feeders. Here, we currently feed about 20,000 head of Wagyu & conventional cattle. I have been fortunate enough to have been employed in different aspects of the industry and in different parts of the country.  From going through the pastures to scope out the new calves in Oregon to watching the cattle grow in the feedlot in Idaho to walking through the coolers in a plant in Nebraska, seeing the process beginning to end still leaves me in awe.  Every segment works a little differently, but ultimately they are all working towards the same end goal—providing consumers with tasty BEEF!Hannah Malson | Idaho CattleWomen

What is your favorite part of the beef industry?
It’s got to be the people and work ethic gained from this industry. I know firsthand I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for that strong agricultural foundation I was raised on. The life lessons in the ag world are second to none, and I am continually thankful for those (even if I did have to learn some of them the HARD way).

Why are you passionate about the beef industry?  
We feed and fuel the world. Not only do we provide a safe, reliable, nutritious product for all to consume, but the list of byproducts the cattle industry provides is downright mind blowing. It’s amazing that 99 percent of a beef animal can be used between the meat and byproducts we use every day. Also, farmers and ranchers are the salt of the earth. The passion they exude for the land and their animals is nothing short of inspiring.

What’s your favorite beef meal to cook (or favorite beef recipe)?
I tend to leave the grilling to my husband, but it is hard to beat a perfect Prime Rib cooked medium rare, with a side of fresh horseradish.

When you’re not busy ranching, what do you like to do to “unwind”?
A summer evening cruise with the windows rolled down, the smell of fresh cut hay in the air and a good tune coming through the speakers does my soul good. Also, I believe surrounding yourself with good people is number one, so I love to spend quality time with my family, friends, fur baby, Cinch, and of course, shopping! Ag is my number one passion, but fashion isn’t far behind.

What is your favorite part about Idaho?  
The sky. Whether it’s a sunrise or sunset or if I am at home, the ranch, feedlot or on the road, I am in constant awe. They are absolutely breathtaking and serves as a great reminder to give yourself a second in this hectic world to take it all in.

Categories: Beef, Blogging, Idaho Cattlewomen, Lifestyle

Meet an Idaho Rancher: Diana Graning

I’m Diana Graning! My husband Cody, myself and our two daughters Mesa (5) and Riata (1.5) are ranchers in Keuterville near the breaks of the Salmon River. Along with ranching, we also own a custom crop spraying business in Idaho County. We raise Limousin Angus cross cattle known as “Limflex”. Our herd started when my Uncle decided to sell a small bunch of my late grandfather’s older Angus cows, as to make the herd more manageable.  At that time the connection to my grandfather’s cattle was as tender as ever and I convinced my husband that we had to purchase them. So we started with 11 head and have grown quite a bit since winter of 2013. Although, we still have a handful of those original 11 and we have since kept a few heifers as well. It makes me proud to keep a little of his herd genetics around.

When it comes to eating beef, everyone loves a good steak; but for an everyday meal that’s affordable, easy, and so delicious I’d say either a Roast or Chuck Steak in the crockpot for French Dip Sandwiches.  I have used many Chuck Steaks for this. It’s best to thaw and trim them before, season well and let them cook on low for 8 hours. They should shred up pretty good, put a scoop of meat on to some hoagies with the inside grilled and pepper jack cheese with au jus sauce for dipping. You can also add green peppers and onions. Even as a rancher, one thing that I am still always learning is how to use all of the cuts for the best eating experience.

Diana Graning | Idaho CattleWomenWhat is your favorite part of the beef industry?
I would have to say my favorite part of the beef industry is the closeness between beef producers. It doesn’t matter where your operation is what breed you raise, its size, whether you’re a feedlot owner, stocker, cow/calf, etc.  All beef producers seem to treat each other with respect, a smile and usually a question like “how’s the weather around your place?” We share so much in common that if there is a time when a beef producer in need, there will be support from all over come to lend a hand. It’s a special thing to be a part of.

As young producers that started small, I am so appreciative for all the support we have received. It’s because of other ranchers and our own hard work that we were able to grow in herd numbers, pasture and equipment via letting us know of available pieces or allowing us to take over unused land. It’s refreshing to see relationships built between veteran and young producers.

Why are you passionate about the beef industry?
I am passionate on a couple levels. First I have seen how beef operations can be passed down from one generation to the next, keeping a legacy alive. I think you will be hard pressed to find another industry with as much tradition and heritage associated with it. Second, when it comes down to it, we as a society need agriculture. We have a need for a nutritious and healthy product to nourish our bodies. I enjoy being a part of providing that.

When you’re not busy ranching, what do you like to do to “unwind”?
Ride my darn horses! Even better if I can catch a barrel race. For an inside activity I like to crochet, watch documentaries on about anything  and Big Bang Theory.

What is your favorite part about Idaho?
I was born in Winnemucca, Nevada; however my family roots have always been here on the Prairie, including my grandfather ranching here, as well. My favorite part about it all are the wide open spaces and challenging country. Living so close the Salmon River canyon I have an established respect for the areas that sometimes are just plain inaccessible by man. To ranch in many parts of Idaho, horses are still very much needed. I appreciate living in a state that there are still areas you can’t drive too.

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Meet an Idaho Rancher: Christie Prescott

Hi, there! I’m Christie Prescott. My husband Wyatt and our two children Augustus(3) and Agnes (20 months) live south of Bellevue but we claim Picabo as it is the closest town. We are primarily background and stocker operators that finish most of our cattle in commercial feedlots. We lease pasture and feedlot pens wherever we can. We have cattle on pasture or in feedlots in Carey, Picabo, Bellevue, Fairfield, Bruneau, Filer and Garden City, KS. We also operate two small cow/calf herds both a fall and spring calving set of commercial cows.

Are you a native Idahoan?
You bet, I was born and raised in Southern Idaho, attended college at Boise State University and have never had any desire to leave Idaho.  

What is your favorite part of the beef industry?
Family tradition! I grew up on a ranch in Fairfield and am happy to be allowing my kids to grow up in the same fashion. Working with cattle instills work ethic, passion, and drive.  I remember my dad working hard and our kids see us working hard. We wouldn’t have it any other way.  We also love the community and people involved.    

Why are you passionate about the beef industry?
The thing about passions is that you can’t explain them. Sometimes there Is just a gravitational pull to them. Maybe it’s the animals or the land we love the most–at the end of the day we are producing something we are proud of.  

What’s your favorite beef meal to cook (or favorite beef recipe)?
I feel very fortunate to have a freezer full of beef. It provides quick, delicious meals for my family. I think my favorite is ground beef. It is so versatile. I brown it up with onions and garlic and it go many directions from there. Spaghetti sauce, tacos, enchiladas, shepherd’s pie, simply a bake potato topping or pizza topping are some of our favorites. My husband is also quite partial to my chicken fried steak, made with cube steak. I use my Grandma Davis’s recipe which is delightful to this day!

When you’re not busy ranching, what do you like to do to “unwind”?
It seems that we are always on the go. Lately, our evenings and weekends have been spent working cattle to go out to pasture. We consider ourselves lucky when friends will come and help us out. When the work is done and we can sit under the shade tree and relax is the best feeling.

What is your favorite part about Idaho?
My favorite part about Idaho is that we are lucky enough to get to call it home.   

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Meet an Idaho Rancher: Dawn Anderson

Did you know that July is Idaho Beef Month? The Idaho CattleWomen are excited to be partnering with the Idaho Beef Council, as we spend the month introducing you to different ranching families across Idaho, here on our blog and Facebook page!

My name is Dawn Anderson, and I’m a born and raised Idaho rancher. We own and operate a registered Hereford and Red Angus operation, JBB/AL Herefords & Reds, that’s located halfway between Gooding and Bliss along the Malad River. My parents began raising registered Herefords 50 years ago. I had my own herd of Hereford cows growing up and was fortunate to marry someone who was interested in the ag industry. My husband, James, and I entered a partnership with my parents, John and Bev Bryan, in the early 1990’s. Our children, Bryan and Jae, started their own herd of registered Herefords as well. In 2012, my son and my Dad decided it was time to add a second breed to our operation and purchased our first group of Red Angus heifers.

We maintain a herd of around 125 spring calving cows and hold a production sale the 2nd Monday of March in conjunction with Spring Cove Ranch.  Our offering includes bulls and heifers.  We also farm and raise primarily corn and hay.   

JBB/AL Herefords | Idaho CattleWomen What is your favorite part of the beef industry?
It’s difficult to identify one part of the beef industry as my favorite.  It is probably the connections it creates among producers and beyond.  I enjoy talking with people who have been in the industry a long time and hear about the changes that have occurred as well as to those individuals who know very little about “cows” and assume I raise black and white animals that produce milk for public consumption.  It’s exciting to share our story.    

Why are you passionate about the beef industry?
There is no better way to raise a family.  It provides a great opportunity to teach children responsibility and that we have a greater responsibility to the world in providing a wholesome, nutritious product.  I was fortunate to be raised in this lifestyle and to be able to raise my family in this environment.  It is imperative that we be good stewards to provide the same opportunities for our children to raise their families here if they desire to do so.  

What’s your favorite beef meal to cook (or favorite beef recipe)?
I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so my favorite is fast, easy and delicious.  You can’t go wrong with a steak (any kind) on the grill, with freshly picked asparagus, and a baked/grilled potato.  

When you’re not busy ranching, what do you like to do to “unwind”?
I’m not sure how relaxing it is but I enjoy golfing whenever I get the chance.  

What is your favorite part about Idaho?
I recently made a trip to the Moscow area and it reminded me of the variety of terrain Idaho offers.  It’s amazing and beautiful.

To catch up with Dawn Anderson and her family on a regular basis, you can keep up with her ranch’s Facebook page!

Categories: Blogging, Cattle, Idaho Cattlewomen, Lifestyle, Ranch Life