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North Dakota cattle ranchers tour Broken Heart Ranch

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Luke Keller (mounted in background) and Jake Keller round up cattle at their family’s Broken Heart Ranch for visitors from the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota to see. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)

MANDAN, N.D. — Members of the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota on Friday toured several ranches including the Broken Heart Ranch, operated by Dwight Keller and his wife, Susan, who is also the North Dakota state veterinarian, and their sons Luke and Jake and daughter Tessa.

Before enjoying a steak dinner in one of the ranch’s buildings, the cattlemen saw the ranch’s prize Simmental cattle and state-of-the-art feeding facilities and heard about the land near where Lewis and Clark once traveled.

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Luke Keller talks cattle with visiting members of the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)

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Jess Peterson, center, Washington lobbyist for the U.S. Cattlemen, discusses some of the issues facing the industry. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)

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Waste from the Broken Heart cattle moves into this lagoon, where much of it evaporates. The lagoon was built partly with a grant from the Agriculture Department's Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Dwight Keller noted that the facility is EPA compliant. Michelle Doyle of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service told the ranchers that NRCS makes grants of up to $200,000 on 60/40 cost share basis for the kind of facilities the Kellers have built. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)

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Dwight Keller explains that Lewis and Clark traveled near here on the trek west. In the distance is the Missouri River. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)

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Michelle Doyle of the Natural Resources Conservation Service explains that the grass in this piece of natural prairie pasture is called bluestem, even though it looks red. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)