Cover

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Title page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. v

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Foreword

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pp. vii-ix

When I am a noteworthy landowner family's guest, I find many delights in the visit and conversations. If my time and their hospitality permit, I like to take a walk before breakfast - preferably a hike - past their barn, machine shop, and sheds out to and beyond a close-in pasture. If time is short, a stroll from the farm ...

Generations on the Land

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p. 1

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Chapter 1 Harold Selman Ranches

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pp. 3-14

You can never know too much. There's always something new to learn. That is the guiding philosophy of Harold Selman Inc., the sheep ranches currently run by Fred Selman (Harold's son) and his family in the Bear River Valley of northern Utah. Straddling Cache and Box Elder counties, this swath of land ...

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Chapter 2 77 Ranch

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pp. 15-28

Gary Price will be the first to tell you that family is what you make of it. Blood runs thick, but in his own case, the deeper connection between people comes through the land. Gary and Sue Price's 77 Ranch is a shining example of that. On the rolling plains of Navarro County in north Central Texas ...

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Chapter 3 Wilson Ranch

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pp. 29-40

Sometime between Jaclyn Wilson telling me how she dumped a boyfriend, a hulking 250-pound lineman for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, for asking "the wrong question about cattle," (no, cows do not migrate and fences aren't there to keep them from moving south) and watching her gracefully steer her quarter horse ...

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Chapter 4 Terry Peters

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pp. 41-52

Terry Peters chose to start the tour where the product of his livelihood is on view - at North Country Lumber, the hardwood sawmill in Wisconsin's remote Northwoods where stacks of giant logs of hard maple, red oak, basswood, soft maple, birch, and oak were being sawed, shaped, and sanded into high-end wooden ...

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Chapter 5 Coleman Ranches

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pp. 53-64

Jim and Frances Coleman enjoy showing visitors around their ranch, a legacy spread in the rolling foothills of southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley. It's this ranch that birthed Coleman Natural Beef, the first natural beef program in the United States. Opening their land and their cattle operation has helped outsiders ...

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Chapter 6 LangeTwins Winery and Vineyards

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pp. 65-78

"This is peak period, this is payday," Brad Lange half-shouted as he swiveled around in his office chair, appearing lean, intense, and animated all at once. Although the morning sun had barely broken over the horizon, he had already made a run out to the fields to check on the grape harvest before returning to the office ...

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Chapter 7 Pape Ranches

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pp. 79-90

The view from the highway was pastoral - pronghorn antelope, the fastest land animal in North America, and mule deer, icon of the American West, lounged in luxuriant grasses while black and red cattle browsed in a pasture nearby. Both the wildlife and the livestock looked very much at home on this majestic plain ...

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Chapter 8 Treadwell Brady Ranch

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pp. 91-104

A Treadwell had been working the arid grasslands around Fort McKavett in the Big Country of west Central Texas since 1888, shortly after the fort was erected to fend off hostile Comanche and Kiowa. Buffalo still roamed the open range and the howl of the red wolf could be heard when W.W. Treadwell established ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 105-108

Readers of this book will surely be moved in different ways by the remarkable lives and lessons that leap from its pages. Some readers will be struck by the headlong crash of quiet and humble rural people with twenty-first-century modernity. Some will focus on the almost epic workloads required of family members, ...

Index

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pp. 109-120