97% of all agriculture farms/ranches are family owned. 2/3rds of all Cattle Operations have been in the same family for at least two generations. My husband and I are the fourth generation on his family’s ranch. My Sister and I are the 5th generation in our family to be involved in production agriculture.
Ranchers are generally optimistic people. If you are a pessimist in this business, it will be a long haul. Most Ranchers have a deep faith, hope for the future and a work ethic that is second to none.
The photo below is my Tuesday Muse picture. I added Skies Laundry Day texture to the sky and the Organic Paper texture to the grassland. Both textures are from Nancy at .
During calving season, happiness is a good Mamma who tends to her calf. She loves, cares for and protects her baby. Not all cows are good mothers and some cows want to mother calves that are not their own. We appreciate the cows that take care of business and don’t cause troubles.
What is better than calves with white faces to share Spring in Black and White? We don’t name our cows, but every once in a while a name finds a cow. The Rancher calls this gal Blossom.
Every morning part of our daily chores is to gather cattle. We bring all the pairs to hay and make sure the calves are healthy and the cows are sucked.
Fritz is about as fuzzy as they come. We had a little photo shoot a while back. She enjoys the camera almost as much as chasing cattle. Her fuzzy coat leaves a lot of dirt, sand and hair in my entryway.
Happiness comes in many forms. We are joyful when gathering in faith. Happiness is multiplied with love and encouragement from family. A strong support system is essential in production agriculture. The days are long, the work can be hard and one day melds into the next. We must rely on our peers to share happenings, solve problems and realize that “we are not the only ones.” We may not be the best at maintaining relationships with daily conversation or frequent time together, but life experiences can bond friendships for life.