After weeks of a mild, open winter, suddenly a shift in the weather left us with several feet of glittering snow on the ranch. The crisp, clean air inspired me to get outside, so I went feeding with my husband for the first time in a long, long time.
We always get asked by our cattle drive guests and Truly \ Beef customers “What do you do in the winter time?” . Summertime is jam packed with driving our cattle to and from the mountains, so what does a rancher do in the winter time?
Sometimes, it’s riding through the herd to check the health.
Sometimes it’s weaning the calves from the cows.
Sometimes it’s shipping off a pot-load that’s been auctioned.
But most of the time, it’s feeding. Feeding. Feeding. Feeding.
Our cattle depend on us to feed them in the winter when the snow is too deep to reach the grass. That means, every day, without exception, even on Christmas and MLK Day. But to live this life we get to live, and the bonds we build with our animals, our land, and each other? Yeah, it’s all worth it.
Below are some photos of Taylor’s day feeding. (By the way, he wanted me to mention that his muck boots had holes in them and that’s why he’s wearing his cowboy boots in the snow. This is not normal attire. HA. )