Changes Ahead for the Mill Iron Livestock Ranch

Few people have had the unique opportunity to see a Montana family cattle operation up close. The Mill Iron Livestock Ranch in Central Montana is where Kathy Carrig Holzer designs and beads jewelry for Montana Bones.


Public Auction Yard in Billings, Montana

Public Auction Yard in Billings, Montana

This was an important week for the Ranch, as Kathy writes coming home from Billings, Montana: "This week we sold our cow herd, but we're not getting out of the cow business. We've made the decision to calve in May rather than March, so we'll buy back May calvers. There are many sound management reasons to calve in March. However, last winter's high death loss and exhausting labor in intense weather conditions contributed to our change. Green grass and warm weather are certainly part of the appeal for our change. It will be interesting!"