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About ranchwifeslant

Amy writes a humor column based on rural living and ranch life from the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. She and her husband raise their two kids on a fourth generation cow/calf operation near Pringle; the Elk Capital of South Dakota.

The Modern Day Ranch

America’s ranches may have gone through some changes over the last 150 years but ranching is still going strong and continues to be a great part of western Americana.  From the start of most of America’s ranches, hardy women have … Continue reading

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It’s A New Year!

I was going through all my past columns on New Year’s Eve and came across this column I wrote about the New Year in 2013. Just had to share and thought it could easily apply to every new year. Wishing … Continue reading

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A Perfect Afternoon for Book Reading

I caught my husband Art re-reading parts of my book this afternoon after he returned from checking on our cows up at Pringle. Just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who’s shared posts on Facebook, showed an … Continue reading

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It’s Officially Released!

It’s been a long haul; spending every free moment when I wasn’t writing, chasing, feeding, or checking cows, to work on this book. It’s been the cause of numerous sleepless nights and mornings up at three or four a.m. to … Continue reading

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A Simple Alternative Christmas Gift-Giving Idea

Photo credit: Reneé Kirk The time to do Christmas shopping is upon us. Are you ready? I know I’m not. I’m one of those people who dread Christmas shopping. I dislike how this annual holiday has become “Retail Christmas,” whereas the true meaning … Continue reading

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Preserving a Favorite Summertime Tradition

Having my coffee in our front yard with toast and wild currant jelly that I made is one of my favorite summer pleasures. One of the greatest pleasures of living in the country is picking berries and preserving them in … Continue reading

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Haying Lessons

 At the start of haying our son left on an international trip with a group of other teens and it was the ideal opportunity to teach our daughter how to run the windrower and rake hay. The Ford tractor has … Continue reading

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Getting Cows Moved to Summer Range

  {Silly me, I took my good camera but forgot to put a memory card in it so all I had for a camera was my phone.} A few weeks ago the family moved cows to summer range. It’s been … Continue reading

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Ridin’ Shotgun

Most farm and ranch outfits have a dog around the place. Our dog Pepper, gets to go along to help feed cows in the winter and check water and cows in the summer. It’s all fine and dandy if there … Continue reading

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There’s More Than One Way to Pack A Calf

When a new calf seems chilled or a little slow finding its grub, we sometimes opt to intervene and move the cow-calf pair to the barn and out of the elements so we can assist them better. Packing a new … Continue reading

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