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MSGA compiles book about ranching history for December release


To commemorate its 125th anniversary, the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is compiling a book featuring over 140 Montana ranches that are 100 years old or older. The book "The Weak Ones Turned Back, The Cowards Never Started: A Century of Ranching in Montana" features present-day working livestock ranches that have been in the same family and location as when they were established over a century ago. Many of the ranches in the book were honored at MSGA's 125th anniversary celebration in Miles City, June 10 to 14.

The stories and photographs of these ranches comprise nearly 500 pages which will be published in this collectible hard-bound book, edited by Linda Grosskopf and Nancy Morrison. The cover features a JK Ralston painting, "The Weak Ones Turned Back, The Cowards Never Started" owned by Montana cattle industry fixture, Pat Goggins, who also contributed a foreword to the book. Twelve Aubry Smith original drawings are included in the book, which also contains more than 1,000 photographs. "The Weak Ones Turned Back, The Cowards Never Started: A Century of Ranching in Montana" will be released in early December this year.

"The stories of the ranches included in this book are a tribute to the perseverance and tradition of ranching in Montana," said Tom Hougen, MSGA president. "The stories are inspiring--demonstrating the raw grit and determination it took to sustain a family ranch over the past 100 years. This book honors a way of life that has helped make Montana what it is today." 

MSGA is currently accepting pre-orders for "The Weak Ones Turned Back, The Cowards Never Started: A Century of Ranching in Montana." The price is $35, including shipping and handling, until Sept. 1. After Sept. 1, the price will be raised to $50, including shipping and handling. Order forms are available on MSGA's website, www.mtbeef.org or you can call MSGA at 406- 442-3420 to make your order over the phone.

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