Kids Say The Darnedest Things

Every other year, the Madison Valley CattleWomen and the Madison Conservation District sponsor an Ag Day for area second- and third graders. It’s held at the Fan Mountain Arena south of Ennis.  Ennis is my hometown. My mom is involved in both sponsoring organizations. Therefore, The Asphalt Cowgirl participates in Ag Day as a station leader. Don’t I look excited?

This year we had nearly 100 kids. They arrived at lunchtime, got to eat a tasty roast beef sandwich for lunch, and then watched a stock dog demonstration. After that, the students split into nine groups and rotated around the stations.

We brought a 3-year-old cow and her calf for the beef cattle station, where I gave nine, 10-minute presentations.
You might think that giving nine, 10-minute presentations would result in a polished, memorized speech by the end of the day. And you’d be wrong. While the basics were always the same, the conversation veered off in random directions for each group, based on the questions the students would ask. Here are some of my favorites:

·         What’s her tail made of?

·         How do people get fat from eating beef?

·         What’s that upside down “2” on his side?

·         How does she make the milk?

·         So chewing a cud is like throwing up and eating it?

Needless to say, I was on my toes for the entire afternoon. But what a great opportunity to advocate for my industry!

Last week, I attended the second Western Extension Leadership Development seminar in Jackson, WY. You can read about some of our Las Vegas adventures duirng the first WELD seminar here and here. It was a phenomenal meeting and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you in a future blog post.

I’m in Miles City for nearly two weeks in a row…this weekend is the World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale…life is good!

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

How Not to Blog…

1.   Wait nearly 2 months between blog posts.

2.   Spend half your time here.

3.   Spend the other half of your time here.

I apologize for being a bad blogger, friends. Things have been fairly wild around Asphalt Cowgirl Land since I last wrote. I spent a week of vacation from my real job at the ranch, helping with calving. We were blessed with an amazingly mild spring and only 4 sets of twins this year (compared to the unheard-of 6 sets last year). Now, as some of you already know, twins get names at our outfit…so here you go.

·         Zip and Snap were born to one of my uncle and aunt’s cows…my aunt is a seamstress.

·         Clear and Stat had the most dramatic twin birth of the year. Clear was born tail-first and we had a hard time getting him breathing. I was doing some fairly serious calf CPR! His sister, Stat, arrived in a normal presentation and she was in a hurry to get into the world. I decided they needed “hospital” names appropriate to their arrival.  It sounds better if you say them with exclamation points: “Clear!….Stat!”

·         Tink and Pete are the cutest little set of purebred Red Angus calves! They were pretty tiny, so they became Tinkerbell and Peter Pan.

·         Peep and Cad were born on Easter. Cad for Cadbury. Hopefully Peep is self-explanatory.

I’m proud to report we are done with both calving and branding. The grass is growing like crazy and we’re looking forward to getting cattle sorted into breeding bunches in a couple weeks.

Seventeen of my April days were spent somewhere other than Miles City, mostly in Bozeman, where I organized both the MSU Academic Quadrathlon and Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum. The AQ is a four-part animal science contest where four-person teams compete in an oral presentation, written exam, hands-on lab practicum, and double-elimination quiz bowl. We had 5 teams in this year’s contest and have a very competitive team headed to the regional/national contest in Phoenix this summer. I’ll be sure to update you on all the details from our trip!

Wishing you a slightly belated Happy May Day!

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