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15 Annoying Ranch Nuisances


Here is a list of 15 signs you may be having a bad day on the ranch.

There’s no doubt about it -- I’m a glass half-full kind of gal. I like to look on the bright side of things, and even though I might have a bad day on the ranch once in awhile, I rarely blog about it. Then, I realized that the little things that bug me, or the dumb things I have done, you have probably experienced, too!

So, today, I have rounded up 15 annoying ranch nuisances that have happened to me or one of my family members over the years. These little things are certainly nothing to cry about, but I thought I would start a list to see if you all could relate.

Perhaps some of these belong in Jeff Foxworthy’s list of, “You might be a redneck,” jokes, but here is my list of, “You might be having a bad day if...”

  1. You discover a leak in your mud boots on a wet spring day.
  2. You have a rip on the thigh of your jeans the day you decide to stack square bales.
  3. You accidentally touch the electric fence.
  4. You forget to shut the gate and find the cows in a corn field.
  5. Your electric waterer freezes up during a blizzard
  6. You lose one glove to match your favorite pair.
  7. You forget to shut the water tank off, and it runs over.
  8. You set a tool down on your four-wheeler and drive off, losing it somewhere in a field.
  9. The ink splatters on the kitchen table when making a new ear tag.
  10. Your spouse throws away the latest edition of BEEF magazine before you’ve had a chance to read it.
  11. Your grill flames up and burns your steak before you notice the grease fire.
  12. You’re late for church because you have a last-minute cow to AI.
  13. You get stung by a bee while chopping thistles in a pasture.
  14. You run out of gas in the four-wheeler two miles from home (and your cell phone is dead).
  15. You get a speeding ticket while racing to town to get a tractor part before the stores close for the day.

So, how about you? Have you experienced any of these ranch follies? What are your pet peeves and lessons you’ve learned in the school of hard knocks? Share your stories in the comments section below.


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Discuss this Blog Entry 19

wesmetzker (not verified)
on May 15, 2013

Thats why we all love what we do!!! Every day a new adventure!!lol

Anonymous (not verified)
on May 15, 2013

what about seeing the water break on a good heifer on Saturday night about the time you and wife are going to town for a nice meal.

Bob Voegeli (not verified)
on May 15, 2013

I slipped and fell down when stepping over the fence, could not get off the fence fast enough.

Forgot to close a gate after moving the cattle and soon all the cattle were running around the yard near the house.

Dawn Butzer (not verified)
on May 15, 2013

Spot on Amanda, spot on...!

Here's one for ya - you're walking through mud when your boot gets stuck by suction, comes off and you step with your bare foot.

Nebraska farm/ranch wife (not verified)
on May 15, 2013

How about getting the pickup stuck in the mud then owing the person who had to come pull you out a case of beer then listening to them give you crap for it lol. Or running the drill out of seed on one side 3 passes back and being all kinds of pround because you are helping your hubby out until he stops you to tell you about your blunder...... thankfully i have an awesome husband who just laughs it off and kindly gives me pointers about how to prevent it next time. Even though farming and ranching is a lot of hard work it is very rewarding too, and there really is nothing better then woking next to my husband.

Anonymous from Mo (not verified)
on May 15, 2013

I for sure know you're a ranch girl now! (And that boot was fine when I put it on!)

Delos Thompson (not verified)
on May 15, 2013

You covered most. Here in the south we have a biggy. An infield break down and while your either survey situation or trying to fix the problem discover your standing or lying in red ants! Yipps!

Dr. Cathy (not verified)
on May 15, 2013

Forget the bees...I had all my boys out digging thistles one time, and the dogs found a rattlesnake!

Anonymous (not verified)
on May 15, 2013

“You might be having a bad day if...” the sheriff calls and asks if you own a particular colored bull near the highway.

RODNEY ECKHARDT (not verified)
on May 15, 2013

The most trouble i have ranching is repairing fences after their bull and my bull demolish them. I think they look for a newer fence to tear up. My bulls usually end up at the neighbor and then I have to get them back. I think ranching would be more fun if we did not need bulls.

on May 15, 2013

Boy, am I enjoying reading the comments today! It's so reassuring to know I'm not the only one! I was hesitant to write this one because who wants to admit they have blunders in the cattle business? But, I'm glad I did. This has been fun, guys! Keep the comments coming!

Here are a few more from the peanut gallery:

You might be having a bad day if...

You plant your corn and get 7 inches of rain and hail the next day, washing out the seed, causing you to have to replant. (Happened to us last May!)

You notice a break in the fence, and you don't have a wire stretcher or extra strip of wire on the four-wheeler. (Just a few inches is all you need!)

You decide to bale square bales on the hottest day of the year (no breeze either!)

You get that first sunburn of the summer. OUCH!

Darcy (not verified)
on May 15, 2013

Love these! I'd add:
1. You're working a big bunch of cattle, and you miss catching the last one through the squeeze chute, so you have to go sort her out and re-pen her.
2. You've sorted a cow out of a group, and are bringing her to the barn....right as she gets to the last gate, she turns, and zips back off to the group before you can stop her.
3. The power goes out in the middle of working a group of cattle through your hydraulic squeeze chute.

I'm sure everyone has lots of little annoyances....the best part about ranching though is that the benefits & lifestyle FAR outweigh the negatives!

PattyF (not verified)
on May 15, 2013

So many of the one's I've thought of have already been added, but I would catching your favorite pair of jeans on a barbwire fence as you're climbing over/through. I never seem to catch the old ones that already have holes, only the nicer ones :)

Anonymous (not verified)
on May 15, 2013

you have a calf jump in the water tank when its 10 below and have to go in to get it out

Greg (not verified)
on May 16, 2013

Amanda, as I read these I realized most people never experience any of these issues in thier daily lives . Makes you realize how unique we really are . What a great life!

J9 (not verified)
on May 16, 2013

And just think, we all consider this "fun." Most of our city-fied friends just think we're crazy! How unique, indeed!

Anonymous (not verified)
on May 16, 2013

when a good 1st calf heifer delivers her calf into the water tub just 15 minutes after you last checked her. she is being a good nurse cow with the other 1st calf heifers

on May 16, 2013

a crucial gate is left unhooked, prompting a group of cows coming out of the parlor to "explore" the manure ramp, with one unfortunate one leaping off the end into the manure to get her out again...?

Nicole (not verified)
on May 17, 2013

How about you're putting a cow back in while on your way to a job interview and your panty hose are falling down :)

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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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