There is a lot to learn on a working cattle ranch. Already, the Stearns brothers of Ludden, N.D., do more than just help with daily chores; they are making decisions that impact the future of the cattle herd.
Sutton, 11, and Stetson, 13, are known to pick out bulls for the Stearns Ranch. Their choices are yielding success, as the family was named the Commercial Breeder of the Year for the North Dakota Angus Association.
The boys take a hands-on approach to bringing in heifers from winter pasture and working cattle in the chutes. Freelance writer and photographer Jess Johnson captured the brothers in action during a recent visit. Click through the slideshow to see just how these sixth-generation young farmers are making a difference on the family farm. The photos will also give you an inside look at one of the top commercial cow herds in the state.
To learn more about the Stearns Ranch and how genetics, nutrition and cow comfort play a role in building a better beef herd, check out Consistent beef earns breeder top honor.