Cattle

August 23, 2022

Growth of a Resilient Grazing System

The weather is unpredictable. And that adds another challenge to ranching. We can’t control the weather, but we can plan for the inevitable. In 2020 and 2021, we were dealt extreme drought, just like so many other ranchers and farmers.
May 22, 2022

The Realities of May Calving

In 2021, Long Pines Land and Livestock decided to move its 2022 calving season to May and to expose cows for only 30 days. This compares to previous years of calving mostly in April (some years as early as mid-March) for 45 to 60 days.
April 28, 2022

30 Days of Drought, Blizzard …. Repeat

Kicking up dust at the beginning of the day, then waking up to a blizzard. Our Long Pines community went from one extreme to another in April 2022. Twice.
January 25, 2022

Breeding Cattle Tough Enough for Mother Nature

Our cattle are bred to handle the harsh winter conditions Mother Nature dishes out. “You can run them in different climates and they can adapt to about anything,” says Sterling Brown.
November 8, 2021

Productive, Predictable and Profitable

After the unprecedented drought for the past year, Long Pines Land and Livestock did a deep-cull during the summer. Just a handful of commercial cattle remain.
September 18, 2021

A Lot of Power in this Package

The April/May 2021 issue of Working Ranch magazine did a nice feature story on Irish Black and Irish Red cattle. Here's the entire article. If you'd like to subscribe to this great publication, go to workingranchmag.com.

Horses

August 24, 2022

Reined Cow Horse 101

You aren’t imagining it – reined cow horse events are becoming more popular. But what exactly is it, and why does a champion competitor think that anyone with a ranch or rodeo background has a leg-up?
June 9, 2022

He Fired a Revolution: Shining Spark

Shining Spark was the first NRCHA All-Time Leading Sire and held this title for 17 years until the year he died. That year, he was number two. He became an NRHA $4 Million Sire in 2013. He is one of the Top 10 all time sires of reining money earners and the 2021 number 4 paternal grandsire of reining money earners.
May 18, 2022

Being a Mom at Long Pines

To be a broodmare at Long Pines has a steep price of entry. “They have to ride very well, and not just in the arena, they've got to be decent on the ranch, too. I don't want broodmares that throw poor temperaments. Their foals have to have a strong structure for the long-term. They’ve got to be able to hold up,” says Long Pines owner Deb Brown.
January 24, 2022

Mares Rule the Range at Long Pines

“A lot of people buy a really good stallion and then breed him to their mares. I bought the mares first. I want outstanding mares,” said Deb Brown, the “matchmaker” at Long Pines.
September 20, 2021

Cow Horse Champion Bettin Yer Smart Laid to Rest

Bettin Yer Smart (Jayhawk), the standout 2007 AQHA red roan stallion with big moves, spectacular fence work and easy-going personality, was humanely euthanized on August 30, 2021, on the range of Long Pines Land and Livestock north of Camp Crook, SD.
July 7, 2021

Freckles Playboy

Freckles Playboy is definitely a sire, passing his ability to win on to multiple generations of progeny, including NRCHA champion Bet Yer Blue Boons, million dollar sire Playgun, and Long Pines’ NRCHA Supreme Horse, Bettin Yer Smart.

Ranch

May 22, 2022

The Realities of May Calving

In 2021, Long Pines Land and Livestock decided to move its 2022 calving season to May and to expose cows for only 30 days. This compares to previous years of calving mostly in April (some years as early as mid-March) for 45 to 60 days.
May 18, 2022

Being a Mom at Long Pines

To be a broodmare at Long Pines has a steep price of entry. “They have to ride very well, and not just in the arena, they've got to be decent on the ranch, too. I don't want broodmares that throw poor temperaments. Their foals have to have a strong structure for the long-term. They’ve got to be able to hold up,” says Long Pines owner Deb Brown.
April 28, 2022

30 Days of Drought, Blizzard …. Repeat

Kicking up dust at the beginning of the day, then waking up to a blizzard. Our Long Pines community went from one extreme to another in April 2022. Twice.
January 25, 2022

Breeding Cattle Tough Enough for Mother Nature

Our cattle are bred to handle the harsh winter conditions Mother Nature dishes out. “You can run them in different climates and they can adapt to about anything,” says Sterling Brown.
October 12, 2021

Changing for the Future

In the 20-plus years since the “Old Walter White Place” became Long Pines Land and Livestock, there have been 5 U.S. presidents, Facebook and Twitter came into existence, and cell phone ownership in the U.S. has gone from 32% to 97%.
September 9, 2021

Take Care of the Land, and the Land will Take Care of You

Whether or not the rains come, the land remains. And the land matters at Long Pines Land and Livestock. “The ground is a living part of the ranch,” says Deb Brown. “Not only do we raise horses and cattle, we raise grass, too. And alfalfa. We have about six inches of topsoil that’s keeping us from starvation and we need to take care of it. So, we do.”