Ranching challenges emerge after 2012 drought

Ranching challenges emerge after 2012 drought

Genetics key to getting by for northeast Colorado ranch
Marshall Ernst watches as a herd of Hereford cows moves across an open field at his ranch outside of Windsor. Marshall and his wife, Barbara, have run their herd of Herefords, an operation built around breeding and advancing genetics. Herefords are sturdy, adaptable and good mother cows, but the best thing about them is they’ve been dependable through difficult years.
Marshall Ernst watches as a herd of Hereford cows moves across a field at his ranch outside of Windsor, a town northwest of Greeley. For nearly 40 years, Marshall and his wife, Barbara, have run their herd of Herefords, an operation built around breeding and advancing genetics.
Herefords have proved the ideal breed for Marshall and Barbara Ernst, who ranch near Windsor. The Marshall’s Herefords are sold to other Hereford breeders, but they also cross-breed well, especially with Angus. The babies then are called Black Baldies and are an in-demand breed.

Ranching challenges emerge after 2012 drought

Marshall Ernst watches as a herd of Hereford cows moves across an open field at his ranch outside of Windsor. Marshall and his wife, Barbara, have run their herd of Herefords, an operation built around breeding and advancing genetics. Herefords are sturdy, adaptable and good mother cows, but the best thing about them is they’ve been dependable through difficult years.
Marshall Ernst watches as a herd of Hereford cows moves across a field at his ranch outside of Windsor, a town northwest of Greeley. For nearly 40 years, Marshall and his wife, Barbara, have run their herd of Herefords, an operation built around breeding and advancing genetics.
Herefords have proved the ideal breed for Marshall and Barbara Ernst, who ranch near Windsor. The Marshall’s Herefords are sold to other Hereford breeders, but they also cross-breed well, especially with Angus. The babies then are called Black Baldies and are an in-demand breed.
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