Doing Fine


It tried to rain. We grinned with glee last evening as it played upon the metal roof and dotted the deck—like kids, we grabbed our drinks to stand out in it: an immeasurable amount. Ever optimistic, Robbin suggested I free the dead bees trapped in the rain gauge. Though not enough moisture to settle the dust or change the smell of things, it was trying—it hadn’t forgotten how.

Waiting to hear the latest weather report, we’re exposed, like everyone else, to the news, mostly bad news and extremely bad weather other places like the devastating blizzard in South Dakota that killed over 20,000 head of cattle last October. Or the 2011 Texas Drought that cut the state’s numbers by 600,000 head. By comparison, we’re doing fine despite the dusty poems and photographs within this blog.


As a result of our reduced numbers, warmer weather and more alfalfa hay, the cattle seem to be doing fine as well. We know that our calves will be lighter this spring, and not as many cows will breed back to calve next September. We also know that selling cows to buy more hay is not a sustainable business model, but for the moment, most of our cows are OK.

We’ll miss our friends and extended family at the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko that begins next week. NCPG We so wanted to listen to Temple Grandin deliver the keynote speech on Thursday, January 30th. More than any other individual, Temple Grandin has beneficially influenced the handling of cattle in the United States and around the world. Her methods are humane, proven and profitable. The keynote should be uploaded to the website and YouTube by Thursday afternoon.


Or if we’re busy feeding at the time, other performances are always available at the NCPG’s Broadcast. Also available at the Gathering, thanks to the valiant efforts of documentary filmmaker Paul Moon, is my audio CD in absentia, ‘Streams of Thought’. Dry Crik Press


So all in all, we’re doing fine.

4 responses to “Doing Fine

  1. Hi John… there will certainly be 2 gaping holes at the Gathering this year. Glad you got a hint of moisture! Just one comment about the live broadcast. Temple Grandin will not be broadcast live because she is delivering her address in the Elko High School Gym. We will film it and hopefully have it uploaded to YouTube and our website by early afternoon on Thurs. Sorry about that. We’ll be missing you! Darcy


  2. Hello John and Robbin-
    As one who is new to blogging, I am inspired by the stories revealed through blogs. I’m looking forward to following your posts to learn more about life as a rancher. Jane


    • Welcome Jane, I hope we can keep your interest here. Ours is but one story on the other side of the meat counter, one of awe and respect for livestock and Mother Nature, and one that is blessed to be among a rural neighboring culture that shares work and many of the same values. Part of the purpose of this journal is to bridge that ever-widening gap between family ranchers and the urban majority, between those that help produce the food and those that consume it. Thanks for following and for your comment.


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