One of the joys of living in rural South Dakota is the variety of wintertime activities available. Since childhood, I’ve taken up South Dakota’s most popular activity of shoveling snow, mostly off frozen dams so others could ice skate.RELATED CONTENT
We take pride in what we do. As ranchers, we have a reputation to uphold, which you might’ve guessed has to do with hay.
There was a time when the Kirk family’s reputation was based on haystacks, but with the convenience of baling equipment, my husband believes our reputation is now built on the appearance of hay bales and the bale piles in our stackyards.
I have 16 years of experience in agonizing over what to get a cowboy/rancher for Christmas and consider myself a seasoned gift giver to the cowman. More of my gift suggestions follow.RELATED CONTENT
You already know I’m kinda weird so it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you that there’s something I find gratifying about making a clean cut through twine.RELATED CONTENT
There is nothing more mini-celebration worthy than remembering the frozen cowpie along my path from the car to the house and not tripping on it.RELATED CONTENT
Before we get any further into the new year, I think it’s a good idea to remind everyone that now is an ideal time to acknowledge those who have helped us in the past to get where we are today: just your average rural American grinding his or her butt off in hopes of succeeding at our work.RELATED CONTENT
May your pants still fit after the holidays. -May your bathroom time not be disturbed. -May you get your good 9 by 13-inch cake pan back.RELATED CONTENT
Women have a reputation for forgetting where they left their purse or where they set down their car keys or cell phone. And according to men, women also have a reputation for bringing up stuff from the past.RELATED CONTENT
Days or sometimes weeks prior to an all-family ranch chore like moving cows, my husband starts letting the kids and me in on the plan but only a little at a time.RELATED CONTENT
I know just where some red and green post-Thanksgiving specials could be found: implement dealerships that sell John Deere, Case IH and New Holland equipment.RELATED CONTENT
During the winter months getting to appointments, church, meetings or school sports activities in the morning and looking presentable are two hardships I struggle to overcome.RELATED CONTENT
I’ve read various articles suggesting ideas for reducing stress and shrinkage in calves. What I want to know is how to eliminate stress in producers.RELATED CONTENT
The Kirks have a family tradition of masterminding unusual deals.RELATED CONTENT