Faith, Family, Happiness

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.

April 21

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 A Rural Journal

April 21

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.

April 21

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.

The photo collage below is also for Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday.  In the top photo, I used the 0303 texture.  The lower left hand photo was edited with the Violet texture.
April 21

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.

April 21

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.

 

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24 Responses to Faith, Family, Happiness

  1. Tamar says:

    I always learn so much about ranching here!

  2. Buttons says:

    Oh Robyn I LOVE this post Hug B

  3. Patti G says:

    I love spring on the farm with all the new life coming about! Thanks for bringing back so many memories for me with your walk through the fields of the cattle rancher!

  4. MG Atwood says:

    Great set. I lvoe the calves, and that dog has the sweetest face. Thanks for sharing life on the ranch. Happy week to you.

  5. Janis says:

    Very nice interpretations of this weeks challenge.

  6. Karen says:

    I love your ranch photos – this is a very pretty set!

  7. Nicki says:

    I would imagine that faith and family are the backbone to ranching/farming. You did an excellent job with Nancy’s sky texture. (love that texture – would like to apply it to most of my days).

  8. Karen says:

    Once again, I feel like I’ve learned something new by visiting your blog. It’s always so interesting! I love how the cattle are always looking straight into the camera….they look so sweet. Fritz is beautiful! Have a great week.

  9. Halie says:

    I love your fuzzy photo, she looks adorable.

  10. Patrice says:

    Gorgeous shots, Robyn – love Fuzzy!

  11. Sandra says:

    You gotta love those good mamas 🙂
    They make life easier!
    Enjoyed your post!

  12. Candy C. says:

    Sweet little calves and Fritz did a great job posing for you! 🙂

  13. Carletta says:

    What a sweet portrait of #3!
    Happiness also comes from loving what you do – I think your love for ranching comes through in your posts.

  14. Loved your black & white collage! so, this is a silly question – I don’t know if I’ve asked you before – but, are the cattle marked for breeding purposes? or ??? you can tell I don’t know much about ranching.

    • Robyn says:

      Christine,
      I am always happy to answer any questions.

      The cattle have ear tag numbers for identification purposes. Each cow’s tag number is her “name” and we keep records on the cows. Our calves are tagged and recorded in a calving book, so we know who their Mother is.

      We breed all the cows to 100% Angus bulls. We have a few white faced cows, therefore we get a baldly calf every once in a while.

      Hope this answers your question, if not feel free to ask another.

  15. emily says:

    Blossom, what a cute name! I’m sure the mommas that want to raise other calves is quite the issue when you come across it!

  16. Nice shots from you Ranch. The calf shot with the #3 is really cute, what an expression. Those BW cows/cattle shots are lovely. Your dog looks content and yep, fuzzy. It’s seems you love your life and even though the work is hard it has it’s rewards.

  17. Nancy says:

    Love the look on Fritz’s face — I imagine not much get’s by him. 🙂

  18. I love your photos…and your love of and pride in cattle ranching. My brothers were third-generation …but an impossible mortgage forced them to sell–first the cattle and then the 2800 acres of land. It was so sad for my mother.

  19. Sharon says:

    My favorite is the second one, with the little calf and mama and the beautiful texture. I love reading about ranching life. Great statement that ranchers are generally optimistic — otherwise it would be a long haul. Good thought for all of us non-ranchers, too!

  20. Earl says:

    Wonderful family portraits of your ranch families. Thanks for a completely different outlook on life from my city living.

    Earl

  21. Pat says:

    Beautiful photos! Thank goodness for the farmers and ranchers in this country.

  22. Dawna says:

    You are so right,,,farmers and ranchers have to be optimistic folks!! In our 25 years of dryland farming in AB there was 1 year that the combine did move out of the shed because of drought and no crop….but..I am thankful for a husband who is able to see the good in bad situations and that we know, the God who loves us, sees our future. Have a great day!

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