Best Angus and Quarter Horses Seeking Summer Internship Applicants

Best Angus and Quarter Horses is a purebred registered Angus operation seeking applicants for their summer 2018 internship program.

Best Angus and Quarter Horses is located in the badlands of western North Dakota at Elkhorn Creek Ranch, approximately 15 miles southeast of Watford City in McKenzie County. The Best family runs approximately 265 registered Angus brood cows, utilizing artificial insemination (AI) and embryo-transfer (ET) breeding techniques. The ranch also develops for resale approximately 120 commercial Angus heifers, utilizing AI. Throughout the year, the ranch also trains homegrown ranch horses of all ages and in all stages of development. 

Internship Program Duties and Learning Experiences:

  • AI / ET program implementation – assist with the implementation of synchronization protocols, heat detection, and associated records management of ET donors, ET recipients, and AI’ed cows and heifers 
  • Assist with the processes of AI and transfer of embryos
  • Participate in management’s discussion and decision making related to dam and sire selection, approach to American Angus Association data analysis and consideration, environment and resource consideration, and financial consideration of current available Angus and Quarter Horse genetics
  • Understand multi-approach marketing plans and marketing plan budgeting
  • Participate in management’s discussion related to customer service and stakeholder relations of both cattle and horse customers and other stakeholder relationships of the ranch
  • Participate in discussions of resource management (range, water, forage, wildlife, capitol), and understand contract considerations of ranch stakeholders and procurement processes
  • Participate in implementation of resource management tools (working facility and fence maintenance and development, water maintenance and development, range management, macro and micro nutrient management of livestock)
  • Ranch horse training – opportunities available to individual interested and capable
  • Riding assignments paired with horses of compatible training level and personality
  • Experience general management activities

Internship Program Information:

  • May to August (start and end dates are flexible) 
  • Paid internship
  • Furnished, modern private cabin with utilities provided – 2 bedroom, single bath on ranch with kitchenette (fridge / stove / microwave / sink), air conditioning, in-house washer and dryer
  • A combination of family style, boxed lunch, and restaurant meals provided; breakfast and other meals may be on your own depending on ranch schedule
  • Internships may be completed for college credit

To apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, two references, and your advisor’s contact information to Pete and Vawnita Best at Summer 2018 Ranch Management Internship Application Deadline: March 20, 2018


Posted: January 22, 2018


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