Havre Daily News/Ryan Welch
Jack Soloman rides his horse rounding up cattle from a pasture on the Waids' land the morning of July 9. Six more riders were also working to move the herd of nearly 600 steers that day to their stockyards for shipping. For their yearling operation, the Waids buy young cattle at roughly 500 pounds and sell them at around 900 pounds, averaging a gain of about two pounds each day. They grow the cattle in their background lots, where feed and water intake can be monitored and controlled, and in their pastures. This process is important, said Darrin Boss, superintendent of the Northern Agriculture Research Center, because it allows cattle to grow into a size that has ideal muscle mass before they are moved to a feed lot where the meat is marbled.