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Recent Stories by Savanna Simmons, Freelance Photographer and Writer

Friends, family say Teigen Finnerty made the most of every day

May 3, 2018 — Up and coming steer wrestler Teigen Finnerty, 21, passed away early Saturday after being in a single vehicle accident on his way back from the University of Wyoming rodeo last Friday night. He graduated high school in Wheatland, Wyo., and attended Central Wyoming College in

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Iowa sale barn pulls draft horse buyers from across US and Canada

April 30, 2018 — Eight size-five horseshoes dig deep in the sand, chains clanking, muscles rippling, leather stretching tight, teamster shouting, as a team of Belgians lean into the harness at the Kalona Sales Barn horse pull in Kalona, Iowa. The annual event is part of a draft horse

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Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning in the livestock and rodeo world

April 11, 2018 — Jeff Fleming, Mike Hillman, Jesse Andrus, Rachel Hendrix, Justin Cunningham. The list of people killed by carbon monoxide is, unfortunately, much longer than this. The colorless, odorless gas has killed unassuming individuals within the cowboy community and many others outside the agriculture world, but dialogue

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Filming Feek’s Vision: Legendary stock contractor’s story documented in movie

March 28, 2018 — Feek Tooke's story evolved into something far bigger. The film, Feek's Vision, featuring interviews with rodeo names like Harry Vold, Larry Mahan, Ty Murray and many more, is set to premier Dec. 7, 2018, during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, 50 years

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Cunningham family says goodbye to team roper who died of carbon monoxide poisoning

February 26, 2018 — The Cunninghams laid to rest their son and brother Justin Cunningham in their hometown of Bloomfield, Neb., on Feb. 19. The 27-year-old was a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning Feb. 11. The toxic gas leaked from the generator in the stock portion of his trailer

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Overeating disease not always caused by overeating

February 20, 2018 — Within the menagerie of flora and fauna in a calf's intestines, the clostridia bacteria are ever-present, awaiting the chance to flare up. More commonly known as overeating syndrome or purple gut, clostridium can be caused by a factor that upsets the balance of the gut,

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Duly noted: Proper management includes appropriate use of financing

January 18, 2018 — I set out to write a story about how a ranching operation can exist without needing loans. I know it's possible. The ranch we're on operates under that premise, but after speaking with John Hewlett, a farm and ranch management specialist of Agricultural and Applied

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Quint, saddle bronc rider from Colo., injured at WSRRA

December 28, 2017 — The 2017, finals didn't go as swimmingly for Justin Quint, who grew up in Akron, Colo., as the two prior Western States Ranch Rodeo Association National Finals Rodeos. Quint was the world champion ranch saddle bronc rider in 2015 and 2016. This year he had

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Montana ranchers continue to rebuild after devastating Lodgepole Complex fire

August 18, 2017 — The Lodgepole Complex devoured 427 square miles of grass in eastern Montana earlier this month, and while more yet have cropped up around the state, ranchers who have lost some or all of their pastures have taken steps to rebuild and care for their cattle.

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‘Nowhere for cattle to go,’ some Montana ranches totally burned, Lodgepole Complex fire still burning

July 27, 2017 — Travis and Mary Brown and their 2-year-old son Boedy are facing the same crispy, black fate as many of their neighbors. Several wildfires that have joined together called Lodgepole Complex, started from lightning strikes Monday (July 17) night, have swept through more than 270,000 acres

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Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, ‘checks-in’ to the ag industry

July 26, 2017 — Followers of Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg may have been playing "Where's Waldo?" over the last few weeks, or rather "Where's Mark?" In an effort to connect the world, Zuckerberg has traveled to various places through the country exploring trades far different from his

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LO Cattle Co. in Garfield County, Montana, lose hundreds of cattle in fire

July 25, 2017 — Mary Brown, of LO Cattle Company just south of Highway 200 between Mosby and Sand Springs, Mont., is in the thick of the fire. They have 400-plus cattle that are either lost or dead. They are still fighting fire at the north end of their

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North Dakotan Gary Dassinger faces animal abuse charges

July 14, 2017 — Gary Dassinger's daughter has served three tours in Afghanistan as a U.S. Air Force major. None of that compares to what she has witnessed on her dad's ranch in Gladstone, North Dakota. A woman who had never been to Gary's ranch submitted a complaint April

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Torrington Livestock’s Madden steps down from auction barn partnership

July 11, 2017 — For the first time in 29 years, Shawn Madden went fishing on an auction day with his youngest daughter instead of selling cattle at Torrington (Wyo.) Livestock Markets. Madden stepped down from the auction barn partnership, effective July 1. His brother Lex Madden remains an

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Wyoming ranchers use, improve grasslands and water systems

July 10, 2017 — Ranchers are often a steward of the land, creating a stronger ecosystem for their own livestock as well as wildlife. Pete and Ethel Garrett, along with their family, perfectly fit the bill by making constant improvements to the grasslands and water systems a high priority,

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Nebraska’s Box O Ranch wins AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year

April 10, 2017 — When Jecca Ostrander married her husband Cash Ostrander, she didn't know that the string of cowhorses she brought along would earn her the acclaim they have in the past few years. The cattle ranch in Gordon, Neb., has born the name Willow Creek Ranch since

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Neighbors head to court after cattle poisoned by tractor battery acid

April 5, 2017 — Five months ago, while on a business trip to Florida, Iowa farmer Joel Moser got the call from his neighbor, who volunteered to do chores, that more than 100 of his cattle were exposed to tractor battery acid that got combined with the feed in

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Fitzhugh Ranch in Wyoming predates statehood

January 23, 2017 — The Fitzhugh Ranch, occupied by the third and fourth generations, is older than the state of Wyoming. The ranch, located 10 miles south of Douglas, Wyo., was founded by 82 year-old Jim Fitzhugh's grandfather, Gordon Vaughn. Fitzhugh and his family operate the current spread and

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Niobrara County School District leaves National School Lunch Program for rural students

November 18, 2016 — During the 2014-15 school year, Niobrara County School District in Lusk, Wyo., decided to forgo the National School Lunch Program's guidelines and funding. This was the best decision for the predominantly rural school district, according to the district's Food Service Director Judy Lucas and business

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A look into the use of cake for ranches

April 5, 2016 — Ranchers often supplement cake through the winter as a protein source for their cattle. Not vanilla, chocolate or angel food, but rather, range cubes of cottonseed meal, sunflower meal or other sources. A protein source is necessary for digestibility of available roughage, though cakes offer

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