Beef is a big deal for the Clark Price family near Washburn, ND, and their diversified business tells the story.
Clark farms and ranches with his wife, Milissa, and son, Brennan, but their operation is multi-generational. Established in 1900, Clark represents the fourth generation of his family on their ranch, followed by fifth generation Brennan. They have a 150-head cow herd that calves in the spring. They have an additional 2,500 stocker cattle that are pastured from spring through fall, and they complete the beef cattle life-cycle by finishing over 2,500 cattle for harvest annually in their family owned and operated feedlot. The Prices also farm 3,500 acres raising corn, soybeans and wheat, feeding a significant amount of these grains and crops to their cattle. Clark also provides services to area farmers and ranchers through his two agriculture retail stores where they sell animal health products and livestock feeds, as well as crop inputs, including seed and fertilizer.
Clark, Brennan and all of the Price team pay close attention to the care of their cattle, pasture and cropland. Everyone caring for cattle is trained in beef quality assurance (BQA) practices to make sure cattle are handled with care from birth to harvest.
The land involved is one of their most valuable resources and is also managed with great care, whether it is pasture or cropland. Conservation is key, so Prices use a rotational grazing system for their cattle, moving them frequently from pasture to pasture to allow the grass to be used efficiently. Being located near the banks of the Missouri River makes water and manure management very important. All possible steps are taken to protect the environment including managing runoff and following all necessary and required procedures to utilize manure as a natural fertilizer for their crops. Their total no-till farming practices also promote conservation and enhance soil health by preventing erosion and building up the soil.