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10 Favorite Ranch Life Memories


We’ve discussed the signs you might be having a bad day on the ranch; now it’s time for the good.

In the last couple of weeks, I dedicated not one but two blog posts to signs you might be having a bad day on the ranch. The response was so great that I couldn’t help but share some of the reader comments in a second blog. And, at the end of the day, it was nice to feel like other people could relate to my bad days, as I could relate to theirs.

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On the flip side, there are some great moments on the ranch that create lasting memories. When we’re having a bad day, we can replay those moments in our minds to remind ourselves why we do what we do.

Here is a roundup of 10 of my favorite memories of growing up and living on a cattle ranch:

1. When my grandpa gave me my first heifer, 510C, when I was three years old.

2. When I sold my first bull, Jack (510C’s son), at the Black Hills Stock Show when I was five.

3. When I showed Apple Blossom and Sparkles -- my Limousin heifers -- at the county fair in my first year in 4-H.

4. When I got to show my little sisters, Courtney and Kaley, the ropes of being good ranch help.

5. When my dad and I would take pasture tours on the four-wheeler to scope out the next great ones.

6. When my family takes “vacations” to the South Dakota State Fair each year.

7. When I bought my first bred cows at an auction sale.

8. When my husband Tyler and I bought our acreage near the home place.

9. Seeing new calves frolic in the pasture. 

10. When I look out my window and see rolling hills that touch the horizon.

Obviously there have been many, many more wonderful memories that I’ve had on the ranch, but these are my best 10. How about you? What are some of your favorite ranch memories? Or, perhaps better phrased, what makes a great day on the ranch for you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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Discuss this Blog Entry 4

Peter Franzky (not verified)
on Jun 5, 2013

Thank you Amanda for sharing the good and the bad, that is real life. Many times the bad in life makes us stronger and better and allows us to learn and be able to help others in need. This always reminds me of the footprints in the sand, when Jesus carried us. Most of all, life is a journey, a mission field no matter where we are and what we do. God's plan and creation is the most wonderful thing happening to all of us. Let's embrace and cherish it every day. Life is really great, exciting and full of miracles. Have a great day and thank you for your writings which you do so well.

jim mills (not verified)
on Jun 5, 2013

When the newborn calf I had given up on, raised it's head, and staggered to it's momma.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jun 6, 2013

A week ago, after three days of heavy rain, (really wet) I got on my horse and moved my son-in- and daughters 100 pair to new grass, then moved my 33 yearling hfrs (they were really silly) then moved my 60 pair to an adjoining pasture, so some bulls could be put out. It was sunny and warm. The air was fresh and clean. I was in the saddle for three hours. I am 85 years old. Life is good. God has blesed me.

shanyn (not verified)
on Jun 7, 2013

My favorite memories are of great calving saves, riding great horses, having adventures with some injury but great stories to share afterwards, teaching my son to be a cattleman and a cowboy and a steward of the land and water, being able to work my cows and have their trust, training a horse and introducing someone from the city to our way of life and seeing them understand it and come to respect it.

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Amanda Radke is a fifth generation rancher from Mitchell, S.D., who has dedicated her career to serving as a voice for the nation’s beef producers. A 2009 graduate of South Dakota State...

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