The problem with highways is that some asphalt users travel them at a high rate of speed, creating highway chaos -- and no one causes more mayhem than hot-hoofed baby calves. The thought of such instances are the reason why hesitancy and worry filled my mind the other night over the decision to move our cows the next morning to the pasture across the highway. Our home pasture needed some grazing relief, and mental anguish set in anticipating what calf wrecks could unfold at the highway bridge during the move.
Sacagawea saved Lewis, Clark and whole Corps of Discovery.
The menagerie of trailers sitting in our yard is comparable to some women's closets full of shoes. There's a trailer for every occasion, job and season. Trailers are an extension of my spouse's work the way shoes are an extension of a woman's personality. On average, women own 20 pairs of shoes. I'm not sure how many trailers men are said to have on average, but there are 12 on our place. To be a farmer or rancher means having a fleet of trailers. A starter trailer is typically a gooseneck stock trailer, because it's most needed and versatile.
It’s still March, and calving time, which means we are currently in the season of second guessing. March definitely lives up to its reputation around here as being erratic, between...
Kirk family prefers black and white investment portfolio.
Some of the things you find in a cowman's tack room are, at minimum, unusual, if not a little weird to the average know-nothing person about dealing with animals for a living. Our tack room not only stores animal health supplies and horse tack, but is also where collections of anomalies are kept. Our ranch museum of sorts is where patrons can get first-hand history and stories of the tack room exhibits from the curator. These oddities are items you just don't see in metropolitan museums, hobby collections or displayed on coffee tables.
This time of year the extent of our entertainment opportunities are limited to watching baby calves eat for the first time. They put on an addicting show. We watch them the way some people watch "Duck Dynasty," "Dancing with the Stars," or, dare I say it, "Downton Abbey." This year's first calf arrived outside early on Feb. 24 when it was snowy and 13 degrees. The barn was full of cows showing signs of looking ready to calve, but like some cows will do, our first calver didn't show any warning signs.
Men, women use hand signals differently to communicate.
Farm and ranch residents may not have a grocery store or Walmart located only minutes away, but there are some advantages to living out of town, including things you can...
Just the mention of the word "tractor" or anything tractor-related piques men's interest into lengthy conversations. The kind of conversations that allow wives enough time to get their shopping done alone without being rushed.