PRYOR — The heifer was out of her pen, and out of her mind, crashing through the alley of Turk Stovall’s calving barn like a bear wearing a crown of hornets.
Calving season at the Turk Stovall ranch south of Billings.
Rancher Turk Stovall checks a calf in the barn as calving season continues at his ranch south of Billings.
Gus Bass tends to a calf as calving season continues at the Turk Stovall ranch south of Billings.
Cows and calf pairs feed on a strip of hay in the middle of a snow-covered field at Turk Stovall ranch.
Gus Bass tends to a newborn calf as calving season continues at the Turk Stovall ranch south of Billings.
Dakota Barr sits atop Apples as he makes notes on the calving operation at the Turk Stovall ranch.
A calf moos as it stands in a pen with other recently born animals and their mothers at the Turk Stovall ranch.
Tarps and heaters are set up in the calving barn at the Turk Stovall ranch because of recent cold weather, which hit at the height of calving season.
Dakota Barr, on horseback, drives a cow into the barn as she prepares to give birth at the Turk Stovall ranch.
Cow and calf pairs run to a strip of hay as it is laid down by a tractor in the middle of a snow-covered field at the Turk Stovall ranch.
Cows eat hay at the Turk Stovall ranch.
Rancher Turk Stovall makes notes on calving progress in the barn.
A newborn calf stands on wobbly legs under its mother in the ban at the Turk Stovall ranch.
A newborn calf stands on wobbly legs under its mother in the barn at the Turk Stovall ranch. Diesel-powered space heaters consumed up to 55 gallons of fuel a day to keep the temperature in the barn just above freezing. At the ranch, the temperature has dropped below zero 26 times this winter.
Gus Bass, left, and Sal Frasier pull a calf as calving season continues at the Turk Stovall ranch south of Billings.
The heifer in the quiet back corner of Turk Stovall's barn had been struggling for more than an hour to drop her first calf, and the cowboys watching from a distance were growing nervous.
Eastern Montana members of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation have been appointed to serve on the advisory committees of the American Farm Bureau Federation. The advisory committees meet annually in Washington, D.C. to provide input for future Farm Bureau policy.
During the sixth day of his horse abuse trial on Monday, Billings livestock breeder James Leachman testified the plastic leg bands he used to identify his horses were “never too tight” and said he would use them again.
James Leachman talks with his attorney, deputy public defender Clark Mathews, at Leachman's trial Wednesday.