Working for a living


From the Billy Creek Ranch near Melville, Montana, Dec. 29, 2016.

Cows are incredibly hardy animals, especially up here in Montana. Did you know they can continue to graze right through the winter?

Ranchers pay close attention to their animals’ nutritional needs and supplement winter grazing with hay, protein and/or minerals as needed for their specific pastures and animals. They also have to manage their pastures carefully in the summers to make sure they leave enough forage for the fall and winter months.

Every ranch does it a little different, but we’re all working to make sure we’re providing the best care for the land and the livestock in every season.

Learn more about how ranchers decide how much hay to feed in the winter:


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