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Cowboys and ranching go hand in hand.

But, one girl is proving the way of life isn't just for the boys.

In fact, one is seven operations in the U.S. and Canada is managed by a woman.

Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin visits with one ranch girl about her passion for cattle.

It's a passion that starts at a young age.

AJ Blohm / Rancher: "My freshman SAE 8 bred heifers, turned into purebreds."

That FFA project has turned into a full time job.

Through and after college AJ has spent her time turning what was once a commercial herd into a purebred operation.

AJ Blohm now makes a living raising cattle south of Beulah.

AJ Blohm / Rancher: "I came back in 07, took a year off and went to work at the vet clinic full time, then I went back to college for another year, came back and finished college online and been ranching. This is our 4th year selling bulls. we keep adding to the purebreds. The commercials, my dad just hauled a chuck of them away again, so pretty soon we are going to be all purebreds."

She says a typical day is being up and outside from 6 to midnight.

AJ Blohm / Rancher: "I pail feed the bulls, I pail feed the replacement heifers. I do night checks. I'm the person that is watching calving most of the time. Making sure that the babies are ok."

A lot of work but she says faces like these make it worth every ounce of effort.

AJ Blohm / Rancher: "All of the calves. I love the calves and I love showing. Some of these purebreds, they have personalities. We name all of them. We started selling the bulls and I can't quite at this point!"

South of Beulah for KX News, I am Sarah Gustin.

AJ has 125 head to calf this year.

So far she there are only 56 left to go.

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