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Our Herd’s Appointment with the Doc

On some levels, I liken raising our cattle to raising my children. When my kids were born I made sure they had their vaccinations because I did not want to put them at risk for known life-threatening diseases. As caretakers, … Continue reading

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Seat-of-the-Pants Cattle Company

It’s always this time of year when the weather starts to turn cold that our cows try to head home early; as in before we typically pull them off the summer lease. They know where to go and try to … Continue reading

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Boot Up

One thing my husband and I have never had a problem with is putting shoes on our kids’ feet. Since birth, they’ve always been well-outfooted, er, outfitted, with cowboy boots. My son’s first pair of boots were a baby gift … Continue reading

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Let’s Go For A Jeep Ride and Check Cows

School started on Monday which meant a change in everyone’s schedule at my house. My husband and I had our kids do the daily cow, salt, and stock tank checking over the summer so when they had to exchange their … Continue reading

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The Buckskin

We don’t normally name our vehicles but my husband calls this ranch pickup the buckskin. She looks a little tough but she goes anywhere. We have two Toyota flatbed four-wheel drive pickups because most of the roads we use out … Continue reading

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Planning For An Uneventful Cow-Moving Venture

Earlier this week we took out some panels to set up around the feed bunk for our replacement heifers. It’s part of our plan to hopefully make moving them off of summer pasture less challenging or stressful. Last year we … Continue reading

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In My Next Life I Want to Be A Cow

In my next life I want to be a cow on a United States cattle ranch so I can find out what it feels like to be spoiled. Cows live a cushy life as a result of a rancher’s hard … Continue reading

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Mondays Are Best Spent in Luverne, Minnesota

  If you’re ever dreading Mondays, I strongly suggest you spend it with the Rock County Farm Bureau members in Luverne, Minnesota. Mondays will quickly become your favorite day of the week. I departed Sunday morning to head to eastern … Continue reading

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Having A Family Hay Day

We haven’t put up enough square bales to make an impressive trailer load in a long time, so my husband wanted pictures this time. The barn was originally built to house hay stacks but this photo seemed appropriate. For the past … Continue reading

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The View Outside My Office Window

During the summer I spend a good chunk of my time looking out the window while I work…and think.   Sometimes I let other noises besides my inner voice like the radio, break into my long train of thoughts. I … Continue reading

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