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Apr042010

A Trip to Stull Ranch

 

On Thursday, Gary and I went to the Stull Ranch, and I bought a bull from Trae Stull. In addition to raising registered bulls, registered cows, and rodeo stock, Trae is also the local brand inspector. That big belt buckle he's wearing he won roping at the Logan County Fair. As far as being a real cowboy, I think Trae is bona fide.

We had to sell Ali, one of our favorite bulls, this year after he suffered some broken ribs and pneumonia. Since one bull can service thirty to forty head of cows over a normal breeding period, we need to have two bulls given the size of our herd. This bull below will join Duece in a month or so, and is scheduled to start work around May 15. It's nice work if you can get it. Welcome to the ranch, big boy. 

 

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Great set of updates Ned. It's great to know you guys, for your great friendship, for the knowledge of things so basic and foreign, and as a point of reference when ever I (think I) feel exhausted and stressed out.

My work has some legitimate stresses and strains and I usually feel tired on Friday, but I never have to go out in the middle of the night into pure planetary darkness and cold looking for a black animal in the night that's exhibiting signs that it's giving birth. The most amazing thing to me is that when you find them, you've got to get out of nice warm truck, go out into the cold night and find a way to get a fifty (hundred?) pound animal out of a thousand pound animal, with nobody getting hurt. Oh, by the way, it might come out dead, or maybe get eaten by a coyote next week. If it's dead, toss it in the truck and don't be sad that your animal died, and you lost money, time and effort on the heifer.

Do you have time to eat breakfast and cry for a while after you put the dead calf in the dead calf holder?

For a glimpse at a world generally devoid of tragedy, hard work and midnight cow patrols, I've copied Simon and Seamus' website in the URL place. Meg put it together a few weeks ago. It has a few fun pics and videos. Maybe Ella would like it. Also, speaking of calving, we're going to have another baby. A new boy is coming in October, Seamus wants to name him Thor. When he arrives, I will have a few months to be thinking about your work in real concurrent time. I'll pretend my rocking chair is a F-250. Interestingly, Simon has been doing this for while.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

WOW! He is gorgeous. Good choice Ned!

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLex

I agree; he is really handsome. Does he have a name?

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLois

McDonald's want to know his name - we'll miss Ali

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjim

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