Monthly Archives: September 2022

“Yellowstone Effect”

Devin Murnin, Western Livestock Journal, 8/29/2022

Most people have seen or heard of the hit TV show “Yellowstone” that airs on the Paramount Network. Admittedly, I have watched the show. It is set in picturesque Montana and packed with drama, lots of action and overly-fictionalized storylines around a ranching family trying to keep together the generational ranch that has been passed down to them.

This show is hard to watch if you are involved in production agriculture for the many incorrect portrayals of ranching practices and the over-the-top daily issues faced by this fictional family. However, it seems to be resonating with the public and is causing an influx of people wishing to move to the Big Sky state. The “Yellowstone effect” is real in Montana, and we have seen population growth and skyrocketing demand for real estate.

It’s no secret that the pandemic changed work dynamics, and the ability for employees to work remotely resulted in people moving away from areas with a high cost of living to more affordable locations around the country. Montana saw a huge demand increase for property. For example, in Bozeman, where the storyline of “Yellowstone” is based, the median price for a single-family home was a mere $500,000 a few short years ago.

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Tarantula vs. Tarantula Hawk

Video by Katy Fry

While feeding hay, the girls caught this footage. More about the intriguing behavior of the Tarantula Hawk


                                                Change is made of choices

                                                & choices are made of character.

                                                                    – Amanda Gorman (“We Write”)


Nothing stays the same,

even the Earth wobbles on its axis.


We are not the same people—

we were raised with, and finally by.


Reason and truth have been inflated so

they have no value now, like fiat currency.


Yesterday, a man’s word defined him.

Today he speaks a foreign tongue.


But that’s all we have, a lifetime of words

to ease the speed and pain of change.



Up here, the deer unafraid.

We freeze together

to see who melts away first.



Dry, Dry, Dry


An all too familiar sight across the West, this spring and rainfall fed stockwater pond has gone dry.  Rainfall for 3 of the past 4 years has been below average following the 2012-2016 drought. In short, for 7 of the past 10 years rainfall has been below average.

Though currently temperatures have been running above 110 degrees our summer has been relatively cool with more monsoonal presence than we’re used to, but without moisture.  Typically, it’s too warm for our grass to survive before the middle of October anyway.

As new calves hit the ground, we’re looking forward to fall and a chance for moisture and feed for the remainder of our cattle.