The Superior Way

As if our life isn’t crazy enough, it’s about to get crazier. I feel like we constantly are living in a whirlwind and as fall approaches that whirlwind is about to be even busier. Tait has been gone so much lately. A couple weeks ago he was in Sheridan, WY selling cattle at the superior sale. Then last week he was in Denver, CO selling more cattle at a different superior sale. This week he leaves to go to Wyoming to gather, ship, and deliver our cattle that he sold on the superior livestock auction. It sounds simple I know, but there is really so much more that goes into it. The whole process takes quite some time.

Superior Livestock Auction is a satellite video that markets cattle to the nation’s livestock industry. It’s amazing because you can sit on the couch in your home and buy or sell cattle that are across the nation. It really is pretty neat, you can read more at http://www.superiorlivestock.com/home/about-us/about-superior-livestock

That being said, Tait is a representative for superior livestock auction. This is what the video looks like on the TV

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Tait begins by videoing the cattle for a customer, which trust me he has down to a science. In order to get a good look at the cattle on the video that he uploads to the tv for the sale, he has to ensure that the cattle are moving at the right pace. They can’t go to fast and they can’t go to slow or be at a stand still. In addition, the lighting is very important. Sometimes Tait waits until the sun is just right. He also has to be certain he has a steady hand. If the video is shaky you can’t see the cattle very well. All these small details and many more are important to Tait because if the cattle buyers can’t see the cattle on the video when watching the auction on their TV they most likely aren’t going to buy them. img_2608

The next step is to sell the cattle, which is what Tait did in both Sheridan and Denver. The cattle are sold on a contract, which includes a delivery date, how many head of cattle are sold, the feeding program the cattle have been on, what breed and sex the cattle are, the base weight of the cattle, the vaccination program the cattle are on, whether they have horns or not, where the cattle are currently located, where the cattle will be delivered to, the brands that are on the cattle, etc. By having such a detailed contract the buyer knows exactly what to expect in their purchase.

img_1573The last steps are to gather the cattle, get brand inspections, ship, and deliver the cattle, which is the step that Tait is currently on.The cattle have to be weighed and weigh in at whatever the contract said they would weigh. To the left is a picture of Tait weighing cattle on our scale. However, the cattle can also be weighed on the truck at semi scales.

Tait just got home from Denver Friday night. We had a day to pack and get him all ready to go and now he’s already off for Wyoming to get the cattle ready for the delivery. It  takes a crew to gather the cattle and get everything ready.  It also takes a lot of gear for a cowboy to be able to do his job. A cowboy needs his cowboy hat, chaps, gloves, coats, clothing, wild rag, boots, spurs, food for the week, bedroll, rain slicker, horse, truck, trailer, saddle, horse tack, horse feed, etc. You have to be prepared for any kind of weather because you never know what mother nature will throw at you. Whether its sunny, or rain, sleet, and snow, the cattle have to be delivered on that contract date.

 

Once the cattle are delivered, the job is considered done. Tait takes pride in his work. His clients come to him for his reputation of integrity and being honest. His customers are satisfied to the point where they’ve started coming back to buy or sell more cattle. He gets the market for both the buyer and the seller. I couldn’t be more proud of the man I get to call my husband. He gets the job done the superior way.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

 

 

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Shasta

Okay so I may be a child at heart! But guys seriously how cute is Shasta?!

I’d been telling Tait that all I wanted for my birthday is a mini horse and he replied numerous times about how dumb that idea was. So you can imagine my surprise when he showed up at the office on my birthday with a mini horse. Yes… I may be spoiled, but so is he so I guess it’s a win win.

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Yes he walked the horse in the building.

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I don’t know who loves him more, me or Texas?

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My new project is redoing a cart so we can go on pony rides.

Stay tuned…. More to come on the adventures with Shasta.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Spring On The Ranch

Spring is a busy time of year for a rancher. Between gathering the winter desert ranges, branding the calves, and turning out on the summer ranges there is hardly a spare second. I know that it sounds simple, but there is really a lot of detail that goes into it. Everybody has their own role.

The thing I love about it is that I got to spend time with my family and friends. It is a family friendly environment. We can all go, laugh, and have fun along the way. Heck, I even took my selfie stick for some extra fun. (My husband rolls his eyes at me for that, but I love pictures and we have to document the memories somehow.) Since I’ve been slacking on my blog lately the photos below are from different times throughout the Spring.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

A day in the life of a ranch wife…

You’ll get used to mud. It covers your your driveway, you’ll never have a clean truck, it dirties your wood floor from his cowboy boots tracking it in (I could seriously sweep and mop every day), clumps in your entryway, and stains and ruins pants that cover the laundry room. Then there is the constant battle of brushing it off your horse before you can saddle and pushing cow pens at the feed yard so that the cattle aren’t knee deep in it.

 

Dinner before dark? Yeah right! However, the freezer is always full of meat. There is beef, beef, and more beef.

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You’ll get used to cowboy gear landing where it falls. Cowboy hats, spurs, boots, and wild rags among other gear will be strewn all over your house. Just put them away so he can find them the next day. He can’t help it after a long hard day.

You learn to resolve conflicts because cattle mix in the pastures and never stay where they are supposed to be, the hired help doesn’t show up for a day of work, the market is down, or the cattle aren’t the weight you desire.

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Patience… You learn patience… Trailing the cows up the mountain is an all day process. A day after day process. There may be that one cow that keeps giving you trouble and trying to go astray, or an old cow that isn’t as fast. Those old cows are sure beneficial when gathering time comes around. They know the way home and show the others. They may be slow, but they are consistent.

The cattle get on the highway at 2 a.m., or in this case they get in your neighbors front yard. It’d be to easy to get out during the day, or even better to not get out at all. It’s part of it, you just take the officers call, get out of bed, and go get your cows.

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Holidays…. What are those? Cows require care every day whether it’s a holiday or not. They need to be fed on Christmas, birthdays, and mothers day. You learn to plan around and make it work.

You get to spend date nights in the tractor feeding the cattle at the feed yard. Yes, I think his tractor is sexy, ……! You know the next part lol

Family pictures are all instantly cute. There is always an old fence, cattle, horses, old barns, weathered equipment, wild flowers, creeks, sprinklers, or an insanely beautiful view.

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You learn to work hard, ride for the brand, and pay attention to detail. The calf that’s droopy today may not be here tomorrow if not attended to in the right way at the right time.

You learn to be honest and reliable. A job that is half done isn’t worth doing. A half built fence will still let the cows out. Hard work when done right pays off.

Ranchers build friendships that last a life time. A day of branding, pushing cows, taking in the views, or any time spent on the ranch brings people together.

Ranch life is hard work. It’s our way of life. You learn to love it. It becomes unimaginable to picture life any other way. The long days, late nights, and early mornings are suddenly worth it when you begin to see your dedication paying off.

I can’t tell you how proud I am of my ranch guy. He devotes his life to ride for the brand. Not many people can hack it. A full day of work on the ranch can be overwhelming, but he works every day in a precise, efficient manner. I tell you what, good or bad, I wouldn’t trade my life I’m a ranchers wife!

~ The Rustic Ranch Wife

 

Denver Lovin

I think it’s safe to say that Tait and I had a lot of fun in Denver. We were there for the superior cattle sale, as well as the Denver Rodeo. When we got to Denver we had a standard economy rental car. However, Tait saw a car in the parking lot and fell in love!! Needless to say we upgraded.

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And the whole week he thought he was a nascar driver…… Kinda scary!

The superior sale in Denver is a big deal because they give out awards for the representatives who sold the most cattle as well as other categories. For those of you who don’t know superior is a cattle auction that is on the TV so buyers all over the country can see and bid on the cattle. We had fun at the representative dinner. I’m so proud of Tait, he hasn’t been a rep for very long and he is so young. His dedication is paying off and I know that he will go far. He already has such great successes. It was a great night for these two cattlemen.

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The Denver Stockshow and Rodeo! Wow!! It is such a big rodeo!! We had so much fun!! It’s like Vegas shopping all over again!! I’m not sure that Tait liked that part so much….. lol but I did get this super cute jacket!

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The rodeo didn’t go as well as hoped for. Tait made an excellent run to be winning the rodeo, but didn’t quite give the steer enough of a head start. It was definitely a bummer.

Additionally, I got to go to the Denver mart (WESA) with my bestie from college. It was so fun to be reunited with Bailie. 5 years of separation, over a thousand miles, and we didn’t miss a beat. The friendship this girl and I made is a once in a lifetime deal.

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These are some college days photos because we are slackers and didn’t get any new ones!!! Boy do we look young! It was so much fun to reminisce and catch up. I absolutely love this girl to pieces.

At the Denver mart Bailie talked me into buying the cutest cowhide runner! I’m so glad I did because I absolutely love its new place in my house!

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Overall, Denver was a complete success! We got to hot rod our car all over town, spend time with great friends, shop, and rodeo! All of my favorite things! What more could a girl want?

I’m one HAPPY girl.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

A Rancher’s Thanksgiving

Wow…. Have I ever been busy! And…. It’s about to get busier.

I just finished finals week at school and boy is it a relief to have that over with. For some reason I decided that I wanted to take an extra class this last semester. That was dumb. Well, it was smart because I’ll get done sooner, but it was extremely time consuming. I didn’t have much spare time and I really had to bare down to get all my homework done. So thank goodness for breaks because I now have time to update my blog.

My husband’s family has a tradition of going to his parent’s house in Mesquite, NV every year for thanksgiving. Holidays are a bit different for ranchers, whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, a birthday, or any other holiday. There are cows to feed each day, corrals full of calves bawling for hay, heifers calving, and yearlings getting out on the highway or running through fences. Having a ranch leaves the ranchers with full time responsibility 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. The cattle don’t take any time off, so neither do the ranchers. Living the ranch life calls for tremendous responsibility. We don’t get time off if we are in town, which is why we go to Mesquite. We may not get to leave days in advance and we usually come home right after, but that’s a sacrifice we make. I love the busy, crazy life we live and wouldn’t trade it for the world. This time of year is one of the busiest because we are gathering all the cattle off the mountain, working them (vaccinating, branding, doctoring, etc.) and shipping them out to the deserts. By going to Mesquite we get a little mini break, family time, and time to recognize what we are thankful for and how blessed we truly are.

Besides Thanksgiving dinner my MIL is a big time black Friday shopper. Last year we ended up with so many black Friday purchases that they didn’t all fit in our vehicle (there are four of us, my MIL, me, and two sister-in-laws). This year there has been talk about going to Vegas for black Friday. Watch out Vegas, the Gurney’s are coming for ya. I’ll be sure to update you on our adventures.

I wish you all safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Things Are Getting Ranchy!

So bringing the cows home off of the mountain comes with all kinds of work. My hubby has been super busy. We are temporarily putting cows in our horse pasture. Therefore, we needed to get our rodeo horses out of the field to make it easier. Since Tait was busy he asked if I could help to get the horses caught and stalled up.

Normally this is no big deal. It’s really a simple task, but Tait has a heel horse that is absolutely a stinker. He does not like to be caught!

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I caught the first two horses right away. I kept shaking the grain bucket to get Rivvy (the heel horse) to come close enough I could catch him. Rivvy is no dummy! He made sure to stay just far enough so that I couldn’t catch him.

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So I decided to load the other two horses. I thought maybe he won’t want to be the only horse left in the field with all the cows and he’ll come to me.

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After an hour of trying to get Rivvy to come to me I realized he wasn’t going to so I initiated my problem solving skills. I knew that if I could trap him in a corner somewhere I may be able to catch him. However, there aren’t many corners in a huge wide open field. So I improvised. I backed my trailer and truck next to the ditch so that they formed a corner. I then put the grain right next to the trailer. I figured Rivvy would like to be by the other horses and it worked! After an hour and a half of chasing him I finally caught him. I made sure to give him kisses. I guess you could say we have a love-hate relationship.

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This is where the story gets better. On the ranch there are probably 7 stock trailers, but they were all being used and I wasn’t about to pull the living quarters down the muddy ranch road. Therefore, things got a little ranchy! Yes, I put 3 horses in the 2 horse bumper pull horse trailer. It was a little tight, but it was a short ride. IMG_1438 IMG_1440

All 3 horses were caught, hauled, unloaded, and stalled successfully and unharmed.

It was a success for me.

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Hunters turned Gatherers

When you’re hunting spike elk, but can’t find any you do what any normal rancher would do and start gathering your cattle.

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We got quite a few rounded up and headed down the mountain. By that night there were several down in the corral that we were able to load up and take back to the feed lot!

Even though we didn’t get a spike elk, I’d say it was still a successful day!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

Working Hard

It is that busy time of year for a cattle rancher! Tait is constantly running around from all the different corrals hauling cattle back and forth as they come down the mountain. Feeding is becoming a bigger chore with more cattle in the feed lot! Therefore, our Friday night date night consisted of…. Yep, you guessed it… Feeding Cattle.

Who would complain when you get to spend it with this cutie though???

Not me! I love our ranch life and wouldn’t trade it for the world!

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Hope y’all have a great weekend!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife