Eastern Montana

Riders at the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, photo by Jacob Futhey
Jacob Futhey

 Every year, the cowboy spirit comes alive in eastern Montana at the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale. Thousands of people don their best boots and hats to attend the four-day event.   

On a muddy, overcast Sunday, bronc riders and horse breeders corral mares with names like Spider Woman and Lunatic Lucy into gated chutes.

There, they’ll wait for their riders to mount.

The Montana Department of Livestock is investigating bovine tuberculosis after three diagnoses with potential connections to Montana herds.
Cattle on Weston Merrill's family ranch

Montana saw a week’s worth of negative temperatures across the state this month.

YPR’s Kayla Desroches sat down with reporter Sarah Brown, who covers agriculture for the Prairie Star and produces Field Days for YPR, to talk about what that means for ranchers in the state.

Eric Gross / Flickr

A drought last year in Eastern Montana and the Dakotas may not have been caused by climate change, but climate change may make such extreme events more likely. That’s what NOAA’s Andy Hoell and his fellow researchers wrote in a paper included in this month’s Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.