Arizona cattle rancher uses science to beef up industry

Arizona cattle rancher uses science to beef up industry

LURISSA CARBAJAL

The Daily Courier

Green vegetation dots the mountain range from Quarter Circle U Ranch headquarters to the edge of the Superstition Mountains, where genetically selected black Angus cattle roam rocky trails, eating cacti and dry hay. Chuck Backus is a ranch owner cloaked in science, his background in engineering leading him to choose the right genes for cattle to survive in the hardened landscape and heat of the Arizona mountains.

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