Author: Luke

April sunset

Cows at sunset, April 24, 2014 Not much more needs to be said.

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Our breeding program

This journal entry is going to have a lot of "rancher-ese" in it, just to warn you.  It is about the genetic history of our cow herd, as well as our plans for the future.  If you don't know a

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RHR in the press

I've started three different posts in the past few months but have yet to finish any of them.  I'm more into quality than quantity.  There's a reason they are still unfinished. However, there have been some other people who actually

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Poopology

Anyone who has had kids can attest to the dramatic increase in conversation pertaining to bowel movements compared to before having kids.  Frequency, consistency, odor, amount, the diaper's effectiveness at containment…there's a lot to discuss. While it isn't a common

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Phone Photo Roundup – December 2013

It's been a busy fall/early winter for me.  When it gets busy, the website is usually the first thing to suffer.  A couple days ago I was thinking how best to recap the last couple months, and I had the

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What do you know?

Tonight as I was scrolling through my Twitter feed, I took note of a couple of statements regarding antibiotic use in livestock and GMO (genetically modified organism, in case you live in a cave) crops. These two hot-button topics are being discussed everywhere it seems. I’m going to settle the debate once and for all regarding both of these issues.

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Fenceline weaning: Take 1

This year we tried something different when it came time to wean the calves.  Weaning typically happens in October or November when the calves are about six months old.  We like to wean before taking the cows to graze cornstalks. 

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Hundred year storm

Originally written October 9, 2013 If you live in the northern Great Plains, you know about the storm last week. If you live elsewhere, you likely have not heard much about it other than through social media. I don't know

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Change

A couple evenings ago, Isaac and I went out to move some cattle to fresh pasture.  He's always game for anything involving "work," but with extra enthusiasm when the cows are involved.  He would have walked all the way out

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It’s complicated…as it should be

I'm learning to appreciate diversity and complexity more.  Nature seems to favor these over simplicity and monotony.  It frustrates us as humans because we have a much harder time managing all that complexity.  Maybe we don't have to manage it. 

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