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Dude ranching keeps couple on Montana property



Zack Wirth realized more than 15 years ago that the economics of ranching would not let him make a living on his ancestral home, a scenic slice of Montana tucked in the Rocky Mountains between Helena and Great Falls. Wirth had a cow-calf operation on the Rocking Z Ranch but needed to supplement the livestock income with other work. He tried selling automobile parts from here to Albuquerque, and failed. He was self-employed in the construction business, until its physical toll caught up with him in his late 40s. Looking for something easier...

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