Monthly Archives: May 2014

Nebraska Cowgirls ~ Featuring: Meghan

I have another cowgirl feature for you today! :) I love showcasing the great women and men in the ranching world. By it’s very nature, it tends to be a lifestyle that is lived mostly in solitude, or at least partial isolation from most of society. Many thousands of people in our great country have no idea what life is like for those of us who put food on the table for everyone.

I am happy to introduce you to Meghan – a woman who is quite busy and talented! Read on…Nebraska Cowgirls

1. Name: Meghan Anderson

2. Where do you live?  Guide Rock, Nebraska. My husband, Troy, and I ranch alongside his parents, and his family has been involved in ranching for at least 120 years.

3. Job Title?  I am a beef specialist for Aurora Cooperative Elevator Company.

4. Tell me a little about your job description.  I have a day job where I work as the beef specialist for Aurora Cooperative. I work with cow/calf producers and feedlot operators mostly. I market animal health, feed supplements, mineral and ethanol co-products to them. I also help them with their feed rations and develop least cost feed plans for them. When I come home in the afternoon/evenings and on the weekends I help Troy with our operation. It consists of a commercial and purebred Angus herd, developing replacement heifers, marketing Angus bulls and we are currently building a backgrounding yard. We also have a 16 month old son.

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5. What are some things you enjoy doing in your time off?  I enjoy running, gardening, competing with my horses and spending time with friends and family. I also blog at huskercowgirl.wordpress.com. I am in the first National Cattlemens’ Beef Association / King Ranch Institute of Ranch Management Beef Scholars program. We are in the first year of a two year program.

Meghan Anderson

Nebraska cowgirl

 6. What is something you enjoy about your job?   I don’t believe what I do is a “job”, but a lifestyle. Our life together revolves around the cattle, horses and taking care of the land that supports us. Its something we want to do no matter what Mother Nature throws at us. Somebody once said to Troy, “Why don’t you sleep in on a Sunday and not do any work?” His reply was, “There are no Sundays west of Omaha.”

We don’t take vacations, but sometimes can sneak away for a one day trip, usually to a bull or cattle sale. But this lifestyle wouldn’t be traded for anything.  I was fortunate to be part of NCBA’s Young Cattlemens’ Conference last year. If it wasn’t for the beef industry supporting its young producers, I would not have had the opportunity to attend the conference.  I’m proud to be in agriculture!

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21st Annual Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show

Sheridan, Wyoming… the scene of the annual leather trade show! Very useful and interesting if you are into building saddles, as my husband is. Or if you enjoy all things cowboy. :)

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Sporting my brand-new hoodie from The Buckarette Collection! Great products. Find her on Facebook as The Buckarette Collection, and order something. A young ranchwife, who is contributing to her family’s income through unique, one-of-a-kind products. 

My husband and I always take this weekend in May, and spend it in Sheridan. We spend a good part of the time in the show, of course. My husband talks business with the leather suppliers, and browses tools, products, and picks up some good deals.

If I have a baby along, (usually I do! 😉 ) I walk around the show till she gets bored or tired. Then I crash at the motel, or do a little shopping around town. I discovered this really neat historical mansion a few years ago, and had to explore it. I fell in love with the rambling old mansion. It has really neat history, as well as gorgeous decor and architecture. I beg my Man to come tour it with me every year. This year he did. :) He is not into old houses, history and architecture the way I am, but he still enjoys humoring me and touring neat spots. I will post a review of it soon.

We spent some time at King’s Saddlery and King’s ropes. They also have an old west museum that you can tour free. It is worth stopping in and checking out! Many neat wild animal mounts, dozens of saddles, etc.

 

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Inspecting vintage saddles at King’s Saddlery museum.

They host a World Leather Debut at the show. Basically, anyone from all over the world (I think!) can enter leather goods into the contest. I was juggling a very wiggly and bored 1-year-old in one arm while I snapped these pictures, so please excuse the lack of quality! Maybe next year I will get better ones. :)

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I can’t decide if I like these red woolies or not… I mean, who has red woolies?! Maybe… 😀

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I also want my future saddle to be similar to this one, as far as scallops, amount of tooling, etc. I want a slick fork though, and my husband to make it, of course! 😉

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Following are some photos of the amazing artwork that people produce with leather and paint. Simply amazing.

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If you are ever at the Leather show in Sheridan, WY, please give me a holler – we could meet and say Howdy! :)

Spring Branding #1

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Aaahh, it’s branding season! :) My husband looks forward to spring brandings all year,  I do believe. Roping is his favorite job on the ranch, and branding season offers more opportunities to rope than usual.

Note: If you are the only guy who knows how to run the implant-gun, you may not get to rope much – just so you know. Don’t let anyone find out that you have skills other than roping, if you want to be able to rope! 😉 

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The first branding here on the ranch was the heifers. It was a small, quick branding.  They branded in the afternoon, so there was no food involved. A friend of mine came up to watch us, and help a bit. That is always fun!

Then too, my ‘big’ kids decided that they wanted to get in there and learn to wrestle calves. I was all cool with that, I mean, go for it! Glad you have a little try! Learn all you can!!

But.

I forgot how hard those babies can kick, until my baby girl (ok, so she’s my oldest – she will always be my baby!) was kneeling on a calf’s neck, and he was thrashing around. Suddenly I remembered how my husband’s hand looked, after he got kicked a week earlier at a branding. Painful.

Suddenly I was terrified that the kids were going to get kicked in the teeth, or stepped on, or accidentally branded, poked or cut with a the knife.

WY ranch branding

WY ranch branding

Jenni wrestling.

Jenni wrestling.

Which were all very foolish fears, of course, since the guys running the knife, needles and irons are all very experienced and handy. Not to mention very careful around the kids. But a mama’s heart… there’s no reasoning with it, I’m tellin’ ya.

It did make me feel a lot better when I saw a couple cowboys showing my kids the correct hand/foot placement to hold down the calf with. It is more about technique than strength, really. And my husband had explained it all to them, but since he had to hold down the other end of the calf – it was easier for the other guys to show the kids correct techniques.

I was grateful to these tough cowboys, who took the time to patiently teach the next generation. Even though it meant taking a bit more time, and letting a calf or two escape. :)

 

Franklin wrestling.

Franklin wrestling.

WY ranch branding

WY ranch branding

 

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