Bottle Feed… And Bottle Feed Again.

I think they’re cute and fun. My cowboy probably thinks they’re cute too, though he would never admit it. And for him, the fun starts to wear off as calving season goes on. I am speaking of our bottle calves, of course. Every calving season, there is one or two calves that have lost their […]

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Good Mama

Mama cows and baby calves… That is what fills my cowboy’s spring days on the ranch. Since our place is at the base of the Crazy Mountains and in a “snow bowl” we don’t start calving until March, considered late compared to our neighbors. Blue skies and warmer temperatures make up the difference, although there […]

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Branding… Our love story

The ranch… Home… Our island under the Crazies… No matter than names I call this place, one thing stays true: it is its own living, breathing thing. Of course it would change left on its own, without my cowboy and his cowboy co-workers keeping to the natural ranch schedule of things. Life on the ranch […]

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6 a.m. at the Ranch

For those of you not permanently attached to a ranch cowboy, let me tell you about a cowboy’s sense of time. Unless it is hunting season, my cowboy is up at six o’clock in the morning. Up for breakfast, up to check cows, up to beat the heat during the summer. It is a rare […]

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The Snow in the Mountains…

In Montana, the weather is like a teenage girl. Happy and bright one second, fitful and tempestuous the next. Today, on our little island beneath the Crazy Mountains, the weather is a snotty, cold little bitch. Bitch in the form of dropping temperatures and wet, sticky snow. Here on the ranch the weather makes itself […]

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