This Is So Country

I have mentioned it time and again that because I grew up on the ranch I find it difficult to view things the way others will. Take this photo for instance. I posted it on Facebook and Tumber yesterday, just because it was another part of my day. Within a just a few hours there were over 80 likes and comments on the photo. My favorite comment was “This is so country… I love it!” Really? I just thought it was just another part of my job taking care of cattle.

Maybe it is just because I am sheltered to the ranch way of life, but I thought sticking that 2-day old calf in the cab of the pickup was much easier than trailing her a half mile on horseback. Sure, it tried to climb in my lap (to which I am pretty sure Pistol got jealous) and changed the radio stations, but I thought the cab was made for keeping new calves warm. Her mother got pretty sick after giving birth, so I had to bring them both to the corral where they could be observed easier and I could run a round of medicine to clear out the infection. It may be a rough and tough job, especially the stench of the uterine infection, but it is just another day on the ranch.

Ranch life has its times of excitement, like when that cow treed me up the corral fence after I cleaned out her retained placenta, or when the mother cow chased me back into the pickup after I tagged her newborn calf, or even when I found “Prickles” (as a friend has named her) in the snow and ice and brought her in the house for some warm colostrum and a dry towel. All of these events are a part of calving season on the ranch and I would not have it any other way… Unless I could find a way to bring my day to everyone in town and show them how much work and TLC it takes to get their beef from pasture to plate.

What can I say? I am a ranch kid!


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  2. Sounds like a normal day to me. I would of done the same. Its a whatever it takes job, and you take what ever comes along from day to day. No day can be really planned, there can always be a clinker thrown in at any given time. It’s farmers like yourself that show people out there it takes a kind and caring heart to be a farmer. Thanks for the look inside your day.

    The Farmers Wife

  3. I did not grow up on a ranch, but now find myself starting on our 5th year living on and running a ranch. In that time I have brought a calf back to the house in the back seat of my pick-up, had a new born calf living in my kitchen and living room for a week, woken the house up at mid-night bringing in a hungry calf that the mom had left in the pasture below the house and a variety of other things. All of this would have, and did at the start give me pause, but now is just part of my life. While all of us involved in farming and ranching on a daily basis give little thought to it, what we do is important and needs to be put out there for the larger picture to be see by the world at large. Thank you Ryan for continuing to share your words and pictures. With more young people like you entering into agriculture the industry is in good hands for the next generation.

  4. To those of us that raise calves and have to move them, this is normal. In my experience, I have always thought that calves are much like man’s best friend, the dog! Shhh…don’t tell no one but I love my cows more than the dogs!
    Keep up the good work…and even though you feel your life is sheltered, know that when push comes to shove and it is a matter of survival, you will be one of the people who pushes through and shines!
    Have a great day!

  5. What a great picture! Brings back memories of when we had our first lamb with a broken leg. The mother had pawed it too hard while trying to get it up and it’s little bone couldn’t take it. We had to bundle up the baby and head into town to the vet. The first trip in was fine because the baby just sat in my lap. The bi-weekly follow-up appointments to check/change the cast were rather wild. I remember laughing with my Mom about what people passing us by might be thinking seeing a lamb on my lap bawling like crazy for it’s mother and peering out the window. My Mom and I did what it took to help that baby even if it meant putting it in the car. I just wish we had taken the time to get some pictures :o)

    Keep up the good work! Your love for your animals shines!


  6. AWESOME post Ryan! I think it will be the inspiration for my own blog post today on World Food day. Caring for the livelihood of our animals is something so natural for us in animal agriculture because not only does that make economic sense, it is just plain the right thing to do!

    Your tireless agvocating is truly an inspiration, keep up the good work!


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