The Random Killer Sled

In late September, we pre-conditioned our calves that will be sold later this fall.  We vaccinated them for common diseases they might encounter after weaning, and we put electronic ear tags in their ears for source and age verification.  This means that the calves can be tracked back to our ranch and their birthday will follow along with their new eartag.

Our friend Lauren Chase with the Montana Stockgrowers Association came to join us.  Here she is aboard Fox, who was perfectly content being the photographer’s horse.  He isn’t one to get in a hurry.

 It was a wonderful day with family and friends alike pitching in to help out.  Mom and I made a huge pan of lasagna the night before and my aunt put it in the oven when she got to the ranch.  A little while later, we needed a volunteer to go take the foil off the lasagna, and Lauren gamely headed toward the door of the barn.  Hanging on the wall of the barn is a high-sided black sled – our calf sled – that we use to bring newborn calves into the barn during calving if they need a little extra TLC.  You can see it in this picture.

Somehow, the stars were aligned and just when Lauren walked by, the sled fell off the wall, bounced of the grain bin and hit the ground.  Being a good-natured sort, she laughed along with the rest of us and headed for the house…but I think she was a little jumpy for the rest of the day!

Lauren is a great friend to me, my family, and to Montana ranching and agriculture, and we are so lucky to have her in our lives!   

This weekend, I’ll be traveling to the Young Ag Leadership Conference in Lewistown, Montana.  There’s a little-known theme song, it goes, “a-YALCing we will go, a-YALCing we will go,”…but that’s a whole ‘nother story.

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