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All He Wants For Christmas is a Calf Record Book

My husband looks forward to getting the same thing for Christmas; a new calf record book/calendar. He gets anxious until he’s able to transfer his important information into it before the New Year starts. A number of years ago, I … Continue reading

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Sale Day

Some of our steers Thursday morning November 3rd, was a big day for us–we sold our calf crop in Belle Fourche. Our help showed up before daylight at the barn north of Pringle to help us gather, sort, and load our calves … Continue reading

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Lonesome Dove Logic

Whenever I want to enlighten my husband and kids, I use a little “Loneseome Dove Logic” to trigger their attention and diminish the immunity they’ve developed to the sound of my voice. My scheme involves recalling lines from Lonesome Dove … Continue reading

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Pepper

Since Pepper joined our family, she’s changed my mind about dogs. My husband and I have had our share of bad luck with dogs over the years; pups mostly. I got soured on the idea of having a dog after … Continue reading

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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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