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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.

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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Inventions That Make Chores Easier

Every time my husband creates an easier way to do chores I fall in love with him all over again. Feeding our heifers is a TON easier now as a result of my husband’s handiwork with his welder. Over the … Continue reading

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Bootjacks: A Boot-Wearer Must

Essential to every ranch outfit are bootjacks; not just one but a collection of them. Bootjacks aren’t limited to one style. They come in a variety of styles and are made from metal or wood. Many bootjacks are made by the … Continue reading

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Bringing the Story of Christ’s Birth to Life

Many times during the winter months when we have chores to do at the barn for our heifer calves, my mind is full of wonderment about our barn.   It was built by my husband’s great grandfather in 1914 and … Continue reading

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The Supper Table: Nourishing A Family Tradition

The one thing I have fought hard to keep as a tradition in my household is having meals together as a family; most especially supper. In today’s busy world, I am shocked that sitting down together as a family is … Continue reading

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Discovering My Mitchell, SD Coffee Shop Fans

There are days as a columnist when I feel like words just won’t bind together for me on the topic I’m trying to write about. When I look at what I’ve written and feel like a 5th grader could do … Continue reading

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