About Satoshi Yamamoto

People would often ask me "how did you decide to come to Montana?". My answer is always "I always wanted to be a cowboy"..........

I'm from a farming family/community in central Japan. I grew up in our family farm along with my brother. My parents raise rice in the field and tomatoes in green-houses. I attended Tokyo University of Ag & Tech. Life in Tokyo was exciting for a rural boy but eventually I got tired and started to miss mountains and rivers in my hometown. In my junior year (1998) at TUAT, through a sister-school program, I visited Purdue University in Indiana and stayed with a family for a month. That was a mesmerizing and inspiring experience. I really wanted to study in US college and seriously started to look for information. I definitely wanted to go somewhere in the West. I had been good at English but studied further more. In 2000, I was accepted to Masters Program in Animal Science at Montana State University - Bozeman

I studied a lot then more. My major professor, Dr. Tess who is a geneticist, encouraged me to study and try to understand the industry and production, rather focusing on textbooks for each subject. This approach was well-suited for me. Eventually for my own thesis project, I was more into beef cattle genetics and reproductive physiology. As for AI and synchronization, I learned from Dr. Ansotegui, A.K.A. "Buckaroo Professor". Other professors in the department, co-grad students, Animal Science undergrads, and people at University Farm (Towne Farm) were all helpful resources during those days. As a student from Japan, it was amazing & unbelievable that some ranchers let us use their cows for our breeding projects, not to mention, I learned from them and those were great practical opportunities as well as scientific. My thesis consists OVER 200 pages!!

2003 was a "wander year". After graduation, I moved around and worked for ranches and farms in Montana. Eventually I got a job in Western Nevada. It was a feedlot for custom feeding and breeding dairy heifers from California. There I started my career as a commercial breeder.

2005 I moved to central California. I was hired by one of semen companies in the industry. Now my job became solely about breeding dairy cows. Although I tried, California wasn't my place. I was stressed by both work & life. Regardless of money, I really thought about going back to Montana and do some cowboy jobs again.

However,  All West Select Sires offered me a job and I decided to give one more try in this semen/dairy industry. 2007 I moved to Yakima Valley of Washington. I came back to where I was surrounded by mountains and rivers along with some cold winter. I was hired as a "relief technician" to cover regular breeders' days-off and vacations and remained the same for 4 years. Relief breeding requires adjustments for schedules and places. I was really good at and eventually I earned a (self-proclaimed??) title "Best Relief Breeder in Yakima Valley". At the same time, I could resume my other passion fly-fishing and fly-tying. On my regular days-off, I went out fishing to lots of places in eastern WA, then when I could take a long leave, I started to visit Montana.

Life was good and work was easy & steady. However, in the fall of 2010, I decided to come back to Montana. My continuous fishing trips to Montana made me aware where I and my true desire belonged. Then I was finally done with chaos in dairy industry. This time, I settled in Livingston. I'm still a cattle breeder and also a fly-fishing guide. Now I primarily deal with beef ranches. In typical spring calving herds in Montana, breeding is conducted in April, May, and June. Then fly-fishing guide service goes through summer. Seasonal jobs in Montana can be greatly affected by weather and other miscellaneous factors. However, that's THE Montana Life. For both fun sides and hardships, I really enjoy every moment and every day with my professions.

2011 and 2012, I had great success and fun during breeding (along with Select Sires - Beef). Those experience gave me some idea to form my own breeding operation. So here it is. Modern technology (hormones and facilities) helps ranch breeding more accessible to ranchers. Then Montana is a vast land. There must be more ranches, regardless of herd sizes, who are interested in  AI with genetically superior bulls. Also recent beef industry prefers source verification whether you are developing your cow herd or producing top-notch carcasses. I can help Montana ranchers select right bulls and synchronization protocols that suit your operations.

I go anywhere in Montana and take any dirt-roads to your ranches!!

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