It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!
For over 20 years our ranch has participated in the Oklahoma
Range Roundup put on by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. The participants are ranchers, not professionals. The teams participating are some of the oldest ranches in the state. The rodeo’s proceeds go to charity. Many long lasting friendships have been made during the years of participating as a lot of the ranches return year after year. The Wild Horse Race is a wild ride…if you can get him saddled and get on. One cowboy anchors, one ears, and one saddles. After getting the horse saddled, one of the cowboys rides the horse to the other end of the arena…if the horse will go…sometimes that’s a big IF.
The past few days we’ve been working calves. This consist of gathering cows and calves from the pastures and sorting the mothers from the babies. At this point we “work” the calves which consist of vaccinating, castrating some of the bull calves, and branding. We usually sort the better bull calves off to keep for our herd, and sort the better heifer calves off for replacement heifers. We use brands to keep track of our cattle as each beef producer has their own brand. The calves are then weaned. We live next to the corrals we keep the newly weaned calves in. Separation anxiety is revealed in their constant bawling day and night for several days. My motherly instinct still wants to console them; bring them a giant pacifier or something to get them to quit crying?! I’ve grown up listening to them each fall for as long as I can remember.
When we work calves we usually have extra help come in. The past few years individuals who want a taste of ranch life have come to help us. What started out as a business venture for my youngest son has also resulted in the formation of long time friendships. Today friends from Chicago, California, Texas, the New York City area and the East Coast coming regularly to help out.