Last week, our weekly poll at beefmagazine.com wanted to know about readers’ least favorite tasks around the ranch. This week, we want to know: “What’s Your Favorite Ranch Chore?”
I love working with the cattle, but since that is limited for me as I'm not at the ranch full-time, I do my best to promote our product and educate kids and adults about our business.
When I retired from my university job my dad was 80 at the time and he looked me in the eye and said he hadn't been unemployed a day in his life--I thought about that for a while and then I decided he was right!! As a cattleman he always had a job to do!
Everything is wonderful, but riding a good bridle horse is hard to beat. For me, it is the love of not only the land and cattle, but the working animals who make up my "team" ( the horses and border collies) that make the whole experience breathtaking.
It is a humbling experience to have our four legged "buds" help us get our work done. It is equally humbling to look out over the range and realize that this is where I live, work and learn. It makes me understand a little better why folks who live in the cities will never fully appreciate why we do what we do.
I have to agree. Most people will never appreciate what a good horse, working dogs and the joy it is to be outdoors and enjoying this type of life. You really connect with your livestock when you work with them and how much they can understand. I think we learn to respect our them and they respect us too. It's a great life.
I think the best part of raising cattle is watching them being born and that first hour after the birth, when the Momma cleans her calf or calves off and they take those first wobbly steps to eat for the first time. No matter how often I witness this awsome miracle, it still amazes me that we're able to enjoy new life occurring on our farm.
I love my Ranch and my life!
Watching the mother cow dry off and care for her new calf.
Watching new calves find there legs and romping with other calves.
Calving. I love to see the new babies!