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47,001 Things You Must Know as a Rancher

The easy part of ranching is taking care of cows. Really. If all there was to this gig was animal husbandry, it would be almost downright dull. It’s the other 47,000 things that you have to be mildly proficient in to survive that make things squirrelly. Like today, we have had to be electricians, mechanics,…

Moses the Matriarch

There is one universal truth that accompanies working cattle: What can go wrong inevitably will. After spending a lifetime doing farm labor, I have amassed a catalog of empirical evidence to support this claim. Cattle, as a species, are much smarter than they appear. They can always smell the rat in your best laid plan…

Coming Home

After a decade of metropolitan living, I packed my things into boxes and with my courage and an aggressive dose of Tylenol, began the 18-hour pilgrimage back home in U-Haul truck that was built, I theorize, without a suspension system. I had become something of a nomad over the last 12 years. Bouncing around Oklahoma,…