Livestock and Crops: Tyrel Obrecht’s Montana Angus Operation

Tyrel Obrecht is the fifth-generation rancher operating Louie Petrie Ranch, a commercial Black Angus cow/calf operation in northern Montana. He and his family have been retaining and breeding their own cattle for over 60 years. The last two years they have partnered with Jones Bros. Farms to use livestock to terminate cover crops. This allows Louis Petrie ranch to retain more heifers, reduce feed intake throughout winter, and shorten the breeding season. All of these practices are allowing them to push their replacements and to cull harder as yearlings, selecting for hardiness and fertility.

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