Y4 Ranch

  (Staples, Minnesota)
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Winter's Here!

Hello to all and Merry Christmas!

This is the first time I've ever blogged anything, so I'll give er a try. So far this winter we've experienced weather that we've not seen for quite some time and I look forward to it. " Crazy!" you might say and you'd be right, I've experienced the 145 degree heat of Southwest Asia and the bitter cold of a good solid winter at -50 degrees F and colder; both of those temps in one year.

To tell you about our operation from time to time will be the basis of this blog and the happenings within our agriculture circle. We're a small outfit based in the corner of three counties of Minnesota. If I had my choice I'd be back in Montana but after getting married and having a couple of kids, staying here by Mary's family was the best decision. So I'm as far West as I'll probably ever get to live again, Wadena County is litterally a stones throw from my front door. Some of the activities and people you'll hear about might sound as though they come from much farther West and some of them have lived out there, including me. The "Cowboy Spirit" does live and prosper in my neck of the woods, cold as they may be right now. Some of the activities around here include sitting by a warm wood fire, listening to Michael Martin Murphy and Don Edwards, ketching up on some letter writing and card reading. Mary's been very busy getting ready for Christmas as we'll be hosting my side this year. They all heavily suggested I get the teams and bobsleds out for a ride and riding we'll go.

My son and I hook up one of the teams every day to feed hay to the cows, sheep and other horses around here. We use what we call a Feed Scoot, it's the front bob of a bobsled with a flat bed built on it and a front standard with a boat winch to tip bales up on the scoot and away we go. We can feed nearly 100 head in a very short order with NO diesel burnt or electricity to keep them warm enough to start. That's good e-nuf for now as I gotta go and bring in the team to get ready for feeding. Mike

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