Arizona cattle

A green gate greets vistors to Quarter Circle U Ranch, where the cattle are genetically selected and artificailly inseminationed to end up with tastier beef. (Photo by Lurissa Carbajal/Cronkite News) Owner Chuck Backus opened Quarter Circle U ranch, on the edge of the Superstition Mountains in Arizona, more than four decades ago. He runs the ranch differently than when it opened, using scientific acumen to raise cattle in the Southwest.
(Photo by Lurissa Carbajal/Cronkite News) Chuck Backus opened Quarter Circle U Ranch nearly four decades ago. He uses his scientific background to produce higher quality beef in Arizona. (Photo by Lurissa Carbajal/Cronkite News) The cattle in Quarter Circle Ranch have learned to associate the sound of Jordan Selchow’s white truck with food. Cattle come to him rather than his having to chase them down. (Photo by Lurissa Carbajal/Cronkite News) Chuck Backus said  calves are vaccinated to remain healthy but no hormones are used. Those aren’t necessary, he said, because the calves grow to the same size as those that are given hormones. It just takes a little longer. (Photo by Lurissa Carbajal/Cronkite News) Jordan Selchow manages Quarter Circle U Ranch in the Superstition Mountains.(Photo by Lurissa Carbajal/Cronkite News)