Warning: Ranching Conversations Can Result in Uncomfortable Eavesdroppers

Well, then. I figured I had better write a blog post just to prove I still have a blog! Apologies for the lapse, I will attempt to do better.

I’ve had a couple of conversations lately that, when overheard by others, caused some raised eyebrows. Here’s how they went:

Conversation #1 took place in my friend Whisper’s office at work.  She was talking about some cows she was going to purchase that were being culled from Fort Keogh.  I asked why they were being culled, and she replied, “Well, one has a bad foot, and one has a bad teat (this is – of course – pronounced “tit”).”  Meanwhile, our friend Travis was walking down the hallway and said, “I sure hope you’re talking about cows in there!”

Conversation #2 took place at the Northern International Livestock Exposition trade show one afternoon in Billings.  My friend Lauren and I left some other friends at the Montana Stockgrowers Association booth to go visit our friend Luke, who was at the Select Sires booth. He was actually conducting business, so we chatted for a few minutes and headed back.  Michelle said, “You’re back already? That didn’t take long.”  To which I replied, “Well, he was trying to sell some semen.”  Then there was a long pause in the conversation for some reason…

I know these moments happen every day across American agriculture – what a fun opportunity to break the ice and have a nice discussion about what the heck you’re really talking about!  Have you had one of these moments?  Or have you overheard one of these conversations? I’d love to hear about them, so feel free to leave a comment! 

Have a great week, everyone!

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