2014-Filming American Rancher in the Wind


WIND, WIND, WIND! Unfortunately, it’s not the first time we’ve filmed the American Rancher show in 60 mph gusts. Makes for a challenging day.

Another frigid storm is on the horizon. Big Rich is headed out to some beach somewhere in the morning. Let’s make the best of a blustery day.

First stop, up on the hill to feed the girls. No wind breaks on the flats unless you huddle behind the tractor. The terrain provides plenty of natural wind breaks for these bred heifers to get out of the weather once their bellies are full.

By the way, that’s the Yellowstone River in the distance.


Bred heifers having some breakfast and wondering what the fuss is all about.

50 of these bred heifers will be offered in the upcoming Felton Angus Ranch production sale. The rest of these girls will stay on as replacement heifers.


“Don’t mind us, we’re eating for two”. The pregnant mommies-to-be are looking good and gearing up to have their first calf in March.

To tell the truth, I was easily this big during my third trimester with both kiddos. Just kidding…..not really……

Spotlight Productions out of Billings is filming for us again today. It’s cameraman Jack’s first time to the ranch. Sometimes I wonder if  filming outside all day in Montana ranch weather conditions is enough for the camera guys. We seem to have a new one every year.

Using the tractor as a wind break, Jim gets on camera. What you see is what you get around here. We shoot from the hip without much show prep…..thank goodness for multiple takes!

Ok girls, great job! We are off to visit the bulls.


Camera follows the feed wagon down the hill into the feedlot. The bulls are lined up and ready for some chow.


Finished feeding, cameraman Jack getting footage that you see in the show.


While there are many spots to film from on the ranch, this pen in particular has a full wind break. A good amount of time is spent taking advantage of that fence.

Never have I been so happy for a fence.

Rich joins in on the fun and sorts through a pen of  fall bulls.

So where are you headed tomorrow Rich? Did you pack your shorts and flip flops?


The “Ranch Princess” is chomping at the bit to go with Daddy.

Behind the scenes, the kiddos and I follow the film crew around in the warm Tahoe. Jumping in and out to take a quick photo, film a segment and basically biding time until it’s our turn.


“You’re watching the American Rancher on RFD-TV”.


A family action scene….trying to avoid anyone plopping down in the mud.


Allen Peters (videographer, writer, producer) with Spotlight Productions is our fearless leader, running the show and keeping us on topic with his trusty clipboard.

How are we doing Allen?

Allen has us scheduled to film in the ranch house next. A little more warning on this next time Allen.

With two kiddos and myself to get ready to film as well as a huge lunch to prepare, a perfectly organized house is last on the list. Try to ignore the glimpses of toys piled in the “man cave” as we film.

Who am I kidding…..we live in our house. It always looks this way LOL!


Little Miss “Q” is a trooper. She wants to get down and play in the mud something fierce.

The Felton Angus Ranch American Rancher show airs on RFD-TV the last week of January. Watch for the Ranch Princess and the entire Felton crew.


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  1. Monica
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Lots of work for you to do this. Tnx for showing your cattle and everything else. Hope sale is super good.

    • Susie
      Posted January 21, 2014 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      Thanks Monica!

      We run in high-gear from Christmas to the production sale. Filming bulls today for the video portion of sale that will air on RURAL-TV February 10.


  2. Mark rykken
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Just watched your show on RFD and was impressed with what you do out there..Good job. We got a small ranch..farm here in NW no.dak…I always envey your beatufull montana ranches…

    • Susie
      Posted January 21, 2014 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for watching! We always make at least one run to NW North Dakota with bulls. Looking forward to heading that way again this year. =Susie

  3. Roger Lantenheim
    Posted January 20, 2015 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    I raise Red Angus. Enjoyed your presentation on American Rancher with Pam Minick. Roger

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