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My Life in the Cattle Industry

BY KAROLINE ROSE — (Rose Cattle Company)

I can’t imagine my life without cattle.

It seems as if almost everything I do has something to do with the cattle industry. I live and breath cattle. Being in the cattle industry means more than just raising the cattle; it’s a way of life.

Growing up in a small town I can remember several times during high school, the school secretary would get on the loud speaker and say, “Karoline Rose, head home. Your heifer is calving.” My teachers have no problem with me running out the door and jumping in the truck and heading home. They knew that tending to my cattle at home was much more important to me than English class.
The cattle industry is a family within itself.  We are more than willing to help out our neighbors and to lend a hand when needed.  The neighbors can be 5 minutes away or many states away they are always there to help out.  There was a rancher here in Montana that lost about half his herd to a horrible storm and the cattle family stepped up and many people donated heifers and cow calf pairs to him without any thought.  They wanted to help and they know he will do the same if needed.  Lauren Chase from Montana Stockgrowers followed that story. This is one great example of the love for cattle, ranchers show.
My father said, “The kindheartedness Montana ranchers showed to that man who is down on his luck is exactly why I wake up everyday and love my job. We serve God and America.”

When pulling into my driveway you won’t see a fancy house or anything.  But you will notice the 3 or 4 pickup trucks parked outside and they usually have manure all over them.  We work sunrise to sunset tending to both our cattle, dogs and our family. The animals often come first but family and God are extremely important to us.  Have you ever noticed a cowboy get off a bull at a Rodeo and bow his head thanking the Lord for keeping him safe.  Still to this day that simple act gives me chills, he has demonstrated the love for God that the agriculture industry shares.  We depend on God for everything, without rain we don’t have a good crop, without crops we can’t feed out cattle, without cattle we can’t feed our family.  It all comes back to the Lord and the land and animals he has given us to spread the food and wealth around.  Check out this ministry that raises animals to feed to the less fortunate.

Stock dogs- which are my father’s favorite.  These animals are more that just dogs.  They go with us on almost every ride when we check cattle and they are always working. At my house we often raise pups and sell them to other ranchers who need an extra hand on the ranch.  The dogs are first working dogs but they bring smiles and light to the neighborhood children.  Without these dogs my job would be ten times harder.
I am here in Salt Lake City getting some more tests done on my brain ( my father is still surprised that I have an active brain).  We will be here for a few more days and wont be sent home until they have some answers.  The cattle market is falling a little bit today and we have noticed a shortage of hay in the South so they will be shipping a lot of hay in our area to the South.  Thanks for reading.  Have an awesome day!!

Karoline Rose


God bless!


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Spare a Pair

BY LAUREN CHASE (Montana Stockgrowers Association)

In early June, Montana rancher Jay Streeter was heartbroken when he lost nearly half of his cattle herd to a hail storm and tornado combination.

The ranching community, not only in his neighborhood, but also all over the state has pulled together to support the Streeter Family in their time of need.

Some ranchers decided to donate cow/calf pairs along while others donated funds. A few ranchers will wait until fall and donate bred heifers.

Even though the loss was devastating, the support of the ag community lifted the spirits of the Streeter Family. Neighbors helping neighbors…that’s what it’s all about.

MSGA‘s Lauren Chase spent the day with Wheatland County Stockgrowers president Rob Tierney as he collected the donations. Check out the video for interviews with Rob, Jay, and ranchers who donated cow/calf pairs.


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No Tip of the Hat From Me…Yet


I’ve been in Montana for four months now. Check that, the total time I’ve been here is seven months.

My job is to immerse myself in ranch life…learn the ins and outs of raising cattle and figuring out the culture that accompanies it.

Why is it so difficult for me to put on a cowboy hat?

Everywhere I go in this state, there’s always a hat on somebody’s head…even more so on ranches. People don’t think twice about grabbing their hats before heading out to move cattle. But I sure do.

I’ve been tagged in photos since I started working full time at the Montana Stockgrowers Association…on ranches…sans a cowboy hat. I get people asking me why I’m not wearing one…and here’s my response:

It’s not that I don’t like them…I even own a George Strait straw one I bought last summer. I love the look of the hats, but I don’t feel I’m ready to wear it.

Historically and culturally, the cowboy hat does more than protect heads from the heat of the sun. It’s an icon of the west and of this great lifestyle.  A person exerts a sense of pride while wearing it…much like sports players wearing their uniforms.

Have I earned enough “ranch” cred over my seven months to wear the hat? I’m not so sure. The last thing I want to do is come off as fake. I think there will be a point when I know I’ve been fully accepted within the ranching world – whether that’s from a standard that I’ve set or some sort of gesture from a rancher.

As for now, I’ll keep my hair blowing in the wind and the sun beating down on my hatless head until one day, when I’ll tip my hat to you. 


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