Hidden History of North Dakota

Local family is taking the bull by the horns


A local Dunn County Rancher is saying the cattle industry is becoming more diverse, and it is becoming more common to see women out in the field running the operation.

Manning, North Dakota rancher Jennifer Brew knows here way around a Ranch.

She has been teaching her daughters to take the bull by the horns since they could walk.

“I have been doing it since the 5th grade, and they have been doing it since they were old enough to walk out to the barn,” said Brew.

The Brew family just doesn’t raise cattle; they also raise sheep, chickens, and house local barn cats.

“We get up at 5 am, and we check all the animals to make sure they have food and water,” said Brew.

Brew’s youngest daughter Kayla, who is a sophomore in high school, said putting in daily chores before school has taught here good work ethic.

“I learned a lot of responsibility and to appreciate things”.

Brew and her two daughters own and operate their family ranch by themselves, but Brew said she still does occasionally get a phone call from someone asking for the man in charge.

“There is a lot of women that do this, but it is still to be expected that it would be the man’s position,” said Brew.

 Kayla said kids of her generation see things differently than past ones.

“It is becoming very common that women help the men with everything,” said Kayla Brew.

Brew said women have always played a role in ranching and farming operations, but now they seem to be getting more exposure.

“A lot of the men go and work in the oil field, and the women are home taking care of the livestock. A lot of times in agriculture now you need that supplemental income”.

Brews oldest daughter Shayly goes to college in Nebraska and is studying Range Land Management, and she expects women will be playing an even bigger role in the future.

“I love to tell people about stuff that I learned(in college), and I just love hearing their reaction, “oh that is really interesting’,”.

The Brew family raises Black Angus and Hereford cattle on their ranch, and take their cattle to market in October.


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