This week’s poll asks, “What’s your favorite ranch chore?”
There are six of us involved in my family’s cattle operation, and each individual is unique in what they like best about the beef business. This works out well, as each one of us uses our strengths in our own individual roles on the ranch.
For example, my dad Dave oversees most of the breeding decisions, and there’s nothing he likes better than collecting weaning and yearling weight data to send in for EPD information. He’s also passionate about calculating feed rations and watching his cattle grow.
My mom Peggy, an accountant by trade, handles most of the paperwork, billing, mailing to customers, tax preparation, data entry and record-keeping. She’s a mean cook, too, and keeps the guys in the field well fed while planting, harvesting or baling hay.
I share a love of working directly with the cattle, but I also enjoy marketing and advertising. It allows me to use my creativity to promote our business. Meanwhile, my younger sisters are still involved in 4-H and FFA, so they are in charge of the show cattle. And, my husband Tyler is our designated handyman; he keeps the machinery running smoothly and can fix just about anything.
Whether it’s feeding cattle or planting corn, it’s been said that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. I feel pretty lucky to be in the cattle business, where I can do what I love on a daily basis.
This week’s poll on the beefmagazine.com homepage asks, “What’s your favorite ranch chore?”
With 95 votes in so far, 70% of you say working with the cattle is your favorite part. Another 14% enjoy making hay, while 6% prefer managing pastures. Marketing is a favorite chore among 3% of you, while the remaining 3% cites “other” chores as a favorite part.
What’s the best part for you? What do you love most about the cattle business?