Archive for January, 2013

When you come into my folk’s house they have all kind of things or “momentos” that we’ve saved over the years.  The common denominator to all of the wall hangings is cattle, horses, cowdogs, fun family times and a love of what the land can produce.

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2 things.
#1.  I got several notes from ranch friends that make your heart just sink.  The drought continues in such a large part of the USA.  Notes read of no grass, no hay, and the selling of stock.  And one note from a person relating the feeling that those that are facing no hay reserves are/were probably not taking care of business.  I beg to differ with this person about lack of management and foresight.  And when people comment about their pasture, range and hay situations they are not complaining or “bi_____g” or whining.  I totally understand their situation.  It is what it is, they are playing the hand they are dealt.  I’d rather you listen to their life’s situation and be kind than to be ruthless and cold.
#2.  As I was out feeding cattle yesterday a pickup went by driving slow.  I had headed to the basement to put a bucket away.  I heard the driveway security and alarm system go off.  The cowdogs tuned up with, “Stranger in the yard.”  I came out of the house and the cowdogs on the flatbed were zeroed in on a tall man looking at them, them looking at him.  I said, “That’ll do. Load up.”  And told the stranger, “Hi.” He commenced to tell me of how he’s been driving by, noticed my sign and was wondering about my dogs.  He reminded me that we had talked on the phone a couple of times.   We had a nice visit and I was probably as interested in his coon dog program, trials, competitions won and brood female and stud hound.  And, we talked about “the drought” and the loss of wildlife.  We talked about a mutual friend, John Wick, and how I missed John’s hunting gear that he and his wife sewed and sold.  Pulled my coon hunting bibs out of the pickup and said, “See, these.  I love them.”

So.  As we start another work day in rural America, I’d like to just say, “The drought is not an easy thing to manage.  And it has and will continue to impact lots of people, animals, and livestock.”  The strong will survive and I hope that will include my ranching friends that are faced with selling their stock.  And if you have cornstalks, baleage and plenty of feed resources I am happy for you.  But don’t let yourself believe that those who do not have such resources are “poor managers”.  It’d be best if you didn’t tell me that those poor managers are constantly complaining.  And, specifically for one of my farming and cattle friends – who says these folks and I are whining/complaining about the drought – if you come to visit again, I might just stomp your toes when you get outta the car.  My way of sayin’, “Hi.” ~4 Cents Worth

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