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Straight Up | December 2023

A conversation with everyday Stockmen,

Featuring Jason Jallo, Jallo Angus Ranch of Fordville, N.D.

About the Stockman.

"I grew up showing cattle with my sisters in 4-H and junior shows. That was when I started getting calves. After college I moved back to the farm to work full time with my parents. Together we run a registered Angus cattle operation. We also farm wheat, oats, corn, soybeans, and edible beans, along with millet and forage barley for the cow herd. We have two sales a year. A production sale in January selling bulls and bred females. And a turnout bull sale the first part of June. We strive to produce consistency and completeness in our bull sale offerings. All the bulls are raised at our operation and developed by us. For the past decade, we have genomic tested all offspring which gives us improved and accurate comparisons and data into each animal individually as well as from a herd development standpoint."

What about the beef cattle industry excites you the most?

"The advances we are making in production and with genomics. We are raising cattle that are higher performing while remaining feed efficient without giving up carcass quality."

What is your least favorite job on the ranch?

"Cleaning the old barn. Because we get to do it the fun way - by hand."

What is the most used tool on your ranch? How old is it?

"I’m going to go with the feed wagon because it’s used every day. Whether it’s to feed cows in the winter or feedlot cattle in the summer. I think the feed wagon is five years old."

What is your go-to sorting apparatus?

"Just a normal sorting stick."

Describe your best day.

"Best day is sale day. We get to see how our hard work pays off and see the people who show up to support our program. The night after the sale is nice when you get a breath of relief before you start all over again the next day."

Your favorite non-ranch activity to do in your free time?

"In the summer I enjoy spending time on the boat or going to concerts.”

The most important lesson you’ve learned in this business?

"Everyone has a different way to do the same job. Pick what works for your operation."

Upcoming Sale:

Annual Production Sale

January 21, 2024 - Fordville, N.D.

Photos courtesy Jason Jallo

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