Love your neighbor as yourself

“…’Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” -Mark 12:31- The wind is blowing hard again today. It feels all too familiar of that horribly windy day last week which brought with it fire that changed so many peoples’ lives. My heart has been heavy for the ranchers who lost cattle, fences, their livelihood […]

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Big Ag Equals Family.

The romanticized view of a family farm or ranch is a small acreage, a menagerie of farm animals and a large garden with abundant produce to feed the family for an entire year. Many of our ancestors farmed and did what they could to keep only their family sustained. Today, two percent of the population […]

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Becoming our own cheerleaders – National Ag Day

Today is National Ag Day during National Ag Week! So I thought I’d celebrate with a few cattle pictures and updates from the ranch. This was our first calf born on Valentine’s Day – so you can guess what his nickname is. We typically do not start calving until first part of April, but we […]

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Reflections and Ramblings from 2015

This year was my first full year “back on the ranch” so to speak and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the year even though my family is still in “Christmas Crazy Mode” (three Christmases in three weekends in three states!). But I get to see nearly all of my family, which […]

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“Thistle hunting” & taking care of our pastures

My son and I had an adventure this week to “hunt thistles”. It was actually a chore, but we had to make it fun somehow, so hunting it was. We had two different types of thistles in our pasture – musk and canada. Both have pretty, purple flowers, but they have thorns and “pokey” as Chisum […]

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First calf

I posted previously about how ranchers prepare for a snowstorm. I posted a picture of this heifer who was getting ready to calve. And yes, she thought the snowstorm was a perfect time to have a calf.Thankfully, we got her into the barn before the foot of snow dumped. She and the heifer calf are […]

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The new(ish) form of farming

Semi-lately (new in relative terms) one of a farmer and rancher’s chore items is defending agriculture to the public. A recent AP article shows the efforts that farmers and ranchers are making to complete this chore: start up the conversation with their consumer counterparts about “what they do and why they do it.” Many of […]

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‘Growing Season’ mini-series shows life on the farm

Are you ready for Growing Season?! We’re not talking about the actual growing season of our crops, this Growing Season is a yearlong documentary mini-series about the Bartak family from Anselmo, Nebraska and their job of growing a crop for this year’s harvest. Although a few of these guys look like they could be straight […]

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