A horse, a rider, a herd of mooing cows and the weather are four components of Montana ranching. Twice a year, on nearly every ranch in the state, wranglers move their herds from summer range to winter range. Then, in the spring, they move them back in the other direction.
This series chronicles the cowboys and researchers of the Northern Agricultural Research Center in Havre, Montana as the moved a herd of 400 cows from summer range in the Bears Paw Mountains thirteen miles to NARC winter pastures in January of 2016. There, they wintered, calved and were studied for a variety of things, including the effects of nutrition on on calves and the quality of beef. Results from the research at the center are used to improve the quality of commercially raised beef throughout Montana.