When It’s Springtime in the Rockies…

…cows play in the mud!  This is 040.  On the day this picture was taken, she was also full as a tick.  That is not a photographic distortion.  It IS a rumen distortion, though.  Bwah-ha-ha.

Here’s 907.  She looks very evil here, but looks are deceiving.

Here she is with Gertrude, her calf.  Much less intimidating.  And cleaner.

I’d like to take this opportunity to announce that we are done calving, and had no more twins.  If this is your first Asphalt Cowgirl blog post, you need to know that all twins on our outfit receive names.  Here they are, in order of their arrival.
     1.   Ace & Deuce (both steers)

       2.   Eeenie & Meenie (both heifers, also mentioned in “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” post)
       3.   Miney & Moe (both steers – no other names could follow Eenie & Meenie!)
       4.   Bonnie & Clyde (one heifer, one steer)
       5.   Otis & Olive (one heifer, one steer)
       6.   Corky & Lee (both steers, named after my cousin)

It looks like I’m running out of pictures to use from calving time…must mean it’s time to go home for another branding, which I’ll do in a couple of weeks.  I’ll do my best to get a collection of photos to take us farther through spring!  Meantime, this asphalt cowgirl is really enjoying her time OFF the road.


Yours in travel,

The Asphalt Cowgirl

“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” —Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux

Casper, the Friendly Ghost

This is Casper.  So named because of all the white.  

Sometimes we’ll have a purebred Hereford calf with a little (or a lot) extra white if there’s just the right cow and bull combination.  Here’s an example.  You can’t see it very well in this picture, but this heifer calf has black freckles on her nose, too.  Weird!

Funny thing is, Casper isn’t a purebred Hereford calf.  His sire is a Hereford, but his dam is ¾ Red Angus and ¼ Hereford.  If you had to pick a cow out of a lineup to be Casper’s mother, you probably wouldn’t pick this cow.

Yours in travel,
The Asphalt Cowgirl

“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” —Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux

Other Duties As Assigned…

I spent most of last week in Bozeman for the Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum and Extension ag agent update.  This year, I inherited the planning of the Nutrition Conference, and while it was a challenge to plan an event from 4 hours away, we got it accomplished and people seemed pleased with the program. 
Side note: a frighteningly large percentage of my job consists of tasks I have “inherited” from someone or somewhere.  You know, that “other duties as assigned” portion of the job description.
Here are a few reflections on the week:
·         The GranTree Inn is fabulous conference center to work with, and they served an excellent steak dinner for our banquet.  Many thanks!
·         I heard from an interesting cross-section of people who’d seen my interview on the evening news about the conference.
·         When television journalists are on-hand, you may wish to stay away from me, as you might get volunteered to also be on television.
·         I need to make sure I have a digital camera on hand and someone who knows how to use it to take photos of scholarship winners at next year’s banquet dinner.
·         Entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well in the lounge at the GranTree last Tuesday night.  Miles City area residents: be on the lookout for a mobile hot dog stand lurking around the downtown establishments during Bucking Horse Sale.
·         County agents are the toughest audience to speak in front of. Ever. Lucky for me, I got to be part of the audience this year at update, woo hoo! By the way, some of those agents are a bad influence. Just sayin’.
Note to email subscribers: I’ve heard that the video clips like those in the last couple posts don’t show up in your emails.  I’ll see if I can figure it out, but you can just go to my blog site to check them out in the meantime (http://www.escapadesofanasphaltcowgirl.com/).
It was great to see so many of my friends and colleagues in Bozeman.  I’m looking forward to NOT being an asphalt cowgirl for the next several weeks – I get to stay home for awhile.  Yippee!
Yours in travel,
The Asphalt Cowgirl

“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” —Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux

The Best Medicine

Winston Churchill said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”  I definitely agree.  I’d also add that there’s something about calves that can bring you out of the doldrums no matter what.  These calves were gathered around a gate that I needed to open to let the tractor and hay processor through.  I hope they make you smile.

Yours in travel,
The Asphalt Cowgirl

“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” —Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux

Asphalt Cowgirl Film Co., Part 1

I bought a Flip camera, folks.  I bought it in Missoula (home of the “other” school) when I was on my epic northwestern Montana road trip a couple weeks ago.  I was wearing a Montana State University Bobcat jacket when I bought it.  But I digress.  I’m still learning about my new camera, but I wanted to share this clip with you to illustrate the awesomeness of the wind in the Madison Valley where my family ranch is located. 

Patriotism is found all over America.  For example, it’s found in our corral, in the form of our American flag on the east board fence.  Which is attached to the pole with super-industrial-strength chain.  You might see why in my film-making debut.  The tractor you hear in the background is Mom feeding cows. Don’t worry, the wind isn’t quite that loud!

I’ll keep working on it – stay tuned for more video, and I’ll also post about my week in Bozeman for the Montana Nutrition Conference and the Extension ag agent update.

Yours in travel,
The Asphalt Cowgirl 

“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” —Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux

Favorite Things

April is here, and I, for one, am thrilled March is over.  Dad got to come home from the rehab hospital on April Fool’s Day, so the month is starting out so much better than March did!
I don’t have any new pictures to share with you, so I went back to the archives from earlier in the calving season.  Here are some of my favorite things about this time of year.
Fresh babies.
Calves with a smart-aleck attitude.
Bang-up good calves.  This calf is my favorite Hereford bull of this year.  His mother is not a very pretty cow, but she has awesome calves out of this particular bull.
This is his full sister born last year.  Note the Marilyn Monroe beauty mark at the corner of her mouth.
I also like surprises.  We bought some Red Angus cows a couple years ago, and this cow was also included.  Her name is Creamy.  Last year, she had a calf who was such a unique blend of yellow and red, she was almost pink.  This year, when we first saw her calf from the front, we thought she was just going to be red.
But Creamy wouldn’t want to be boring, so she put this nice skunk stamp on her.  Creamy isn’t very sociable, so this is the view most commonly seen when you encounter her in the pasture.
This week, I am in Miles City.  Interestingly, by the time I go back to the ranch for branding this weekend, I will already have spent more time in Miles City in April than I did in March.  Things are looking up, people.
Next week is the Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum in Bozeman, followed by the spring Extension ag agent update.  Looking forward to seeing some of you there!
Yours in travel,

The Asphalt Cowgirl

“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” —Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux