Mike Gale faces many challenges as a cattle rancher—climate change, shrinking pastures and increased competition—but after 20 years of selling grass-fed beef directly to customers, he remains committed to his cows.   Braden Cartwright

Mike Gale never planned on being a rancher. From a life as a champion football player at the University of Southern California to volunteering for the Peace Corps in Venezuela and later working as a civil servant in Hawaii, he travelled a long road to his Chileno Valley ranch. Once he arrived, he was quickly humbled by the challenges . . .

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