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  • Miranda Reiman, senior associate editor

Denowh, Lowe: Keeping the Maternal Breed Maternal

Joe Lowe, Oak Hollow Angus
Chad Denowh, Gartner-Denowh Angus Ranch

“A lot of guys don't think you can have maternal and carcass together. Sure you can — it just takes longer,” says Chad Denowh, Gartner-Denowh Angus Ranch, near Sidney, Mont.

He learned that watching his dad, uncle and grandparents push for both performance cattle and maternal cattle, using Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR®) early on and employing new technology and records ever since.

Denowh joined Joe Lowe, Oak Hollow Angus, and Kelli Retallick-Riley, Angus Genetics Inc., on The Angus Conversation to talk about the role of structural soundness, genomics and data collection in the pursuit of maternal cattle.

“The cows are kind of the employee. They have to show up,” says Lowe, who is an eighth-generation cattleman, working alongside his dad on their Smiths Grove, Ky., seedstock operation. “It’s our job to take care of the cow, it is the cow’s job to take care of the calf.”


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