Fun With Faulstichs

Inside Dakota Ag

Jim Faulstich and his family think about grass, cattle and the future of their Daybreak Ranch

Published on: May 13, 2009

I had a good time visiting Jim and Carol Faulstich and their son-in-law Adam Roth at Daybreak Ranch near Highmore, S.D., recently.


Daybreak Ranch is in the running for an Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.


I went to take a picture of them with their Red Angus cows that had been turned out on the first green grass of the year. It was hard to tell which they were more proud of.


Jim might be a good Think Off contest candidate, too. Think Off is a contest held annually in New York Mills, Minn. People get together to debate pressing problems of the day.


Jim says he’s been thinking about some of the big challenges to Daybreak Ranch’s future sustainability.


Energy, water and health insurance are at the top of his list.


He has no immediate solutions, but if the progress Daybreak Ranch has made with grass and cattle is any indication -- stand by. They’ll come up with answers that will be worth checking out.