Month: January 2010

  • Producers and Their Cows

    Part of the reason people don’t know much about cattle handling practices is because the cattlemen are busy spending time with their cows. Ranchers are committed to raising and caring for their stock to the best of their ability which means getting frequent updates on their herd.   Numbered ear tags serve as an identification and…

  • Learning the Language

    Anytime someone visits a different country and culture, it’s helpful to learn the native language.  The following is a language lesson covering some of the most commonly used words in ranch country. It’s a complicated language that’s similar to English but has room for misinterpretation.   Slick calf/cow: A calf or cow that is NOT slippery when…

  • Calling Cattle Names

    The only cows we name are any calves that are born from the kids’ cow Annabelle, and our butcher critters. (Although there are a few that gain a reputation and get named.)  Our kids’ cow herd started out seven years ago with a bottle calf they named Annabelle. After Annabelle was old enough to get…

  • Eat Like an Animal

    There are days when I would rather feed our heifer calves than my family. For me, cooking is oftentimes more trying than parenting or ranching.   I strive to have supper ready at a time when we can all sit down together and I try to make wholesome, home-cooked meals that nourish and satisfy, but I…