Blogging

If you’re interested in learning about beef production and my role on a family owned cattle ranch, please visit Blessed by Beef.

During my time at Ranch House Designs, I wrote a collection of cattle related agricultural blogs. Below is a list of blogs I’ve written with the first paragraph as a preview. Click the links to view the full post.

Please contact me if you’d like to feature my writing on your agriculture blog or if you need help managing your ranch or company’s blog.

5 Values I Learned on the Ranch

January 29, 2015

  • There are few places comparable with raising a family on a ranch. Children from agricultural backgrounds learn an unlimited number of life lessons and values before others do. My siblings and I were fortunate enough to learn how to be virtuous people while watching our parents build their dream together.

14 Things We Can Learn From Cattle

April 1, 2015

  • I’ve spent my life around cattle. I grew up on a seed stock operation and have experienced just about every part of the industry, from the show ring to the feedlot. While spending time around these animals I’ve learned things about myself and a lot about them. Here are a few important things I think we can learn from cattle!

Things Your Cattleman Dad Has Said

January 28, 2016

  • I’ve come across many articles that let you know what to expect if you marry a farmer or marry a cattleman. They’re all great posts but the catch is, you choose who you marry. These women had a choice in the matter. The people who need help are the daughters of these hard working men! While I would never change being raised on a ranch, there are some things you’re going to hear your cattleman father say…frequently…

10 Struggles of Finding the “Perfect” Herd Sire

December 8, 2016

  • As seedstock producers, we’re always on the search for the next “great one.” A herd sire that will come in and be a major game changer in the herd and produce bull calves we can sell to commercial cattlemen and other purebred breeders with confidence. Unfortunately, this task is easier said than done and it comes with its own amount of stress whether you’re searching bull studs, for one to AI to, or going to sales. I’ve had the pleasure of riding shotgun for many years as my dad hunts for the next great addition to our herd. Here are a few of the “struggles” I’ve seen throughout the years.

9 #RancherProbs We’ve All Faced

June 23, 2016

  • Those of us who live and work in the livestock industry can be somewhat oblivious to the strange things we say or do when we head into town for a nice dinner or we’re late to an appointment and can’t change out of what we worked calves in. As a rancher’s daughter and now rancher too, I know too well the many #RancherProbs that come with this lifestyle. However, for the sake of brevity in this blog, I’ll share just a few of my favorites.

Discovering Your Path

May 26, 2016

  • It’s the season of graduations and making big life choices for many young adults and choosing exactly what you want to do for the rest of your life is no walk in the park. I grew up on an Angus ranch but I when I moved to college I swore I’d never go into the livestock industry. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with my life and career but now, I wouldn’t trade where I’ve ended up for the world. Right back here on the ranch I grew up on. In college, I tried three different majors before finally transferring to the agriculture department. Truthfully, I needed to experience new places and other ideas for majors before I could fully appreciate the way I was raised. There’s no set way to figure life out and everyone’s experiences shape their path a little differently but for those livestock kids looking to embark on new adventures and the beginning of their careers here are a few common themes that will breed success.

Life on the Passenger Side

April 14, 2016

  • I grew up on the passenger side of a ranch pickup. As a kid, I spent as much time as possible riding shotgun in whatever pickup, farm truck, or tractor my parents were driving. I learned more in that seat than most kids could in a thousand books. To this day, one of my favorite ways to spend my spare time is riding along with dad in those passenger seats.

Raised on a Ranch: The Lessons Learned

March 30, 2016

  • Getting to grow up on a ranch makes me feel like I was one of the “lucky ones.” I didn’t always know that I wanted to come back home to our operation, but I always knew that it was something special. My unique upbringing taught me values and lessons I couldn’t experience in another lifestyle and I truly believe growing up around agriculture has made me a better person.

Returning to the Family Ranch

May 28, 2015

  • There’s truly no place else I can picture my life happening. Growing up on the ranch gave me so much and I want to raise a family in the same way my parents raised me. But its nerve wracking to imagine that one day I’ll be making decisions by myself about the management of the operation my dad has put so much time into. Here are just a few of the thoughts that are running through my head as the day is quickly approaching….

Raising Market Steers

May 7, 2015

  • Selling your first market project is a difficult process for most young exhibitors. When it came time to load my first steer on the truck, I cried, my siblings cried, cousins cried, parents cried, actually I think most of the barn was in tears watching me. My little sister tried to lead my steer out for me and I took him back to the stall. I’ve never been someone who is good at saying goodbye, and unfortunately I’ve had quite a bit of practice at it over the years. But the empty halter they handed me after my steer was loaded was one of the harder goodbyes I had to say up to that point in my young life.