I hope you are all having a wonderful Memorial Day
Thank you to all the service men and their families who have sacrificed so much for our country.
I'm a very grateful American.
Now for some all-American fun,
to show you how the west was won....
ok I'm done rhyming.
Here are some photos of us shipping on Saturday
I kind of felt like the Pioneer Women taking all these pictures
but I bet the Pioneer Woman isn't riding a colt
trying to sort steers
while taking photos...
it wasn't easy work!
it was fun though.
this is my heritage,
my roots if you will.
so it's kind of fun to document
so for those of you who don't know what it means to "ship" cattle
here's a little explanation
on our ranch
we lease the grass to other ranchers who don't have green grass as long as we do
so this year we brought in around 300 steers in October
and then once they've fattened up and are looking like chubby little bunnies
the rancher who owns them comes back to pick them up
so we take a few weeks to find all the cows and gather them
then we bring them in to the corrals to weigh them
then the big cattle trucks come in
and the cows owner ships them to wherever he wishes them to go
now usually the smaller ones go to greener pastures
to put some more inches around their waistline
and the bigger ones go to be your next steak dinner
and that might be TMI for some of you
but such is life.
I love animals, and I'm grateful for all they give us.
whatever it be.
It was a long day,
but shipping is always fun.
Family and friends all come together to help and watch the spectacle.
I love ranch work.
It's a big part of who I am, and I'm proud of the way I was raised.
There are few things that make me happier than
riding my horse at first light,
running my fingers along the tall oats,
with my family at my side,
watching cattle graze lazily in the tall grass.