Ranching

Field Days: Ranching By Smartphone

Jan 3, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, millennial rancher Weston Merrill uses his smartphone to collect data on the ranch he operates with his father.


Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill spends Christmas with his young family on the ranch he grew up on in Judith Basin County, Montana.  


Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill and his family try a new venture: running cows on shares.

  


Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill buys his first tractor. It's a big deal for the family, but a necessary one to expand the operation Weston runs with his dad.


Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, the heavy, early-season snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Montana in October means rancher Weston Merrill must start feeding his cows much earlier than expected.

  

Field Days: Unexpected Results

Nov 27, 2017
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill discovers tough choices he made this summer while coping with the worst drought in thirty years ended up giving him his best breeding season yet.


Sarah Brown

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill discusses his family's work to restore a 1920s era barn to calve in during the frigid central Montana Spring and to bring in much-needed revenue as an event center during the Summer and Fall.


courtesy Weston Merrill

In this first episode of the new season of Field Days, we meet Weston Merrill, a young rancher in Buffalo, Montana, balancing life on the ranch with his growing family.

Field Days is a weekly audio diary following the day-to-day life of a Montana rancher, produced by Yellowstone Public Radio in collaboration with The Prairie Star newspaper. Theme music by John Kosel of the High Country Cowboys.

Field Days: Drought

Jul 31, 2017
courtesy Sterling Small

On the final episode of the first season of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small makes a tough call on his late-planted barley crop.

  

courtesy Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small's ranch is threatened by a fire that has already burned more than 30,000 acres.


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