Over the past 50-odd years our kitchen has occasionally been an intensive care unit for baby calves. Some needed warming in cold weather or emergency treatment after a traumatic birth or during acute illness. Premature babies that were too fragile to be outdoors spent days or weeks in the house.

Now that Thanksgiving is over with, I need to get serious about Christmas shopping. It isn’t always easy for me to buy Christmas gifts for my guys who work the soil and tend the cows.

I’m takin’ you back to the summer of 2003. Out of the blue I got a call from Patrick Gottsch, a member of the well-known Nebraska ag family. He told me he was building a TV channel dedicated solely to agriculture and the rural community. I asked if he had any programs lined up? He said, “Yes…

Horse tack and accessories may look interchangeable to the outside observer but saddles, bridles and bits are as unique as each equine and owner.

The issue: Dyer’s woad (Isatis tinctoria) is a biennial from central Asian and Russia. Historically, it was used to produce a rich blue dye and was introduced to North America in the late 1600s for the same purpose. The plant has successfully invaded rangeland, pastures, cultivated fields an…

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-part series on a very special saddle. The first installment ran on Nov. 6.

They stood in the back of the room lookin’ like two Las Vegas Raiders linebackers at a preppie quiche-tasting party. They had on unblocked hats with flat brims, and each man wore a neck scarf and new Wrangler’s. Steve ambled over and asked where they were from. “Nevada,” they said, “We ranch.”

The biosecurity of our four-legged friends is always a concern for farmers and ranchers. One of our most helpful and cherished companions, the horse, is susceptible to a variety of respiratory and neurologic diseases that may threaten their life or limit their ability to serve as a helpmeet.

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part series on a very special saddle. The second installment on passing the saddle through several generations will run on Nov. 20.

Thanksgiving is an annual celebration of the harvest and its bounty. This celebration actually was started many years ago spanning cultures, continents and centuries. In ancient times, the Egyptians, Gree and Romans feasted and paid tribute to their gods after the fall harvest. Thanksgiving …

On Sept. 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government…

Ol’ Wayne was real particular about his steers. He figgered if he spent his hard-earned pennies tryin’ to get a few extra pounds, he dang sure wasn’t gonna sweat it off ‘em durin’ the gather.

I always have my horses’ shoes pulled before there is a risk of them slipping on the ice. A friend lost her precious mare because the horse ran across a patch of ice in the pasture, slipped and broke her leg.

There are some beautiful colors in nature during all seasons: Do you remember when people used to go to “color analyzers” to see which colors were best for them to wear? These colors would be in groups of spring, summer, fall and winter.

We usually get our first, hard freeze in October. Thirty days after that freeze is when fall worming is required in horses.

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part series on handling spooked horses. The second installment will run on Oct. 23.

Different parts of the Snake River Valley experienced a “damaging” but not killing frost a couple weeks ago. And if your garden was covered, then you probably have loads of green tomatoes, squash, and vegetables still ripening and growing.

Acute tympanites, also known as bloat, is a non-infectious disease common among ruminant animals. Bloat can become apparent when carbon dioxide and methane gases build up within a cow’s stomachs, leading to abdominal swelling. Bloat can be caused by diet or by some type of throat obstruction.

Mr. Moses remarked the other day he’d received a catalog in the mail from a western clothing outfit. He wasn’t sure who the outfit catered to, but the name ‘Long Island’ seemed to stick in his mind.

Fall brings memories of school days gone by! One memory focusses on the fall after I graduated from high school. School started the first of September and the first morning of school that fall I stood at our door watching the school bus go past our home without stopping or even slowing down.…

There are basically two types of cattle in the world today. One includes the European and British breeds that descended from the original wild cattle (Bos taurus) of those regions. The other includes the more heat-tolerant animals of the tropics (the hump-backed droopy-eared Zebu cattle, Bos…

Good morning! I’m sitting at the kitchen table overlooking the lake at our condo in Big Sky Montana. It is snowing this morning and what a peaceful setting this is! We love going out on our deck and feeding the ducks bread, watching people in canoes on the lake, and sometimes seeing moose or…