Ranching

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.


courtesy Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small gets together with relatives at a family reunion that drew hundreds.


Field Days: A Busted Knee

Jul 10, 2017
courtesy Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small tries to work out how to run his ranch with a busted knee.


Field Days: Bulldogging Woes

Jul 3, 2017
Courtesy of Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small’s bulldogging event goes awry.


courtesy of Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small talks about branding his cattle with three dozen relatives and a faulty vaccination gun. 


courtesy of Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small talks about his day job at the Indian Health Service in Lame Deer.


Livestock death is part of ranching. At some point, ranchers have to deal with dead animals, from things like difficult births, disease, and weather extremes. And in southwest Montana, those dead animals can also attract unwelcome visitors — wolves and black bears looking for an easy meal.

Field Days: Branding

Jun 12, 2017
Courtesy of Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, with his crop finally in the ground, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small gets ready to brand his cattle.


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