.....A view from "down the lane" ....

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SPRING HAS SPRUNG.......but the RAIN comes down and it's a BLESSING for the WEST......

So much of the country is impatiently waiting for spring to come and to stay -- while we, farmers and ranchers in the West, are anxious to see a few more days of RAIN....even snow! And today, looking out my window, I'm feeling hopeful -- smiling broadly -- that a soft but sterling rain is coming down and is forecast for the next day or two :-)

Weather for the rancher is a matter of daily concern and enterprise. While many look to the sky to judge what their recreational activity may or may not include, the farmer looks to the sky to determine where he is in the cycle and seasons of life....

When winters are dry, anxiety about summer kicks in. When spring is late or doesn't bring spring rain, there is concern over the germination of grain or grass or crops.

When frost comes late in the year, there is fear that blossoms or crops will be damaged or lost. 

Summer storms are welcome but fearsome.....grain can be leveled in a day and crops hammered into the soil. 

All in all, weather is a topic of daily discussion in the home of any farmer or rancher! It signals the possibility of a good or great or terrible harvest season --- or the possibility that water will be scarce come summer and the dry, hot months that follow! 

When people speak about sustainable living or what makes for sustainability, RAIN is part of that equation. A rancher's sustainability depends on his/her access to weather, rain/snow, and water.

So RAIN, RAIN, come NOT again -- but now! The West is dry and getting drier!! Or -- if Nature would agree, bring spring to the Midwest and the East and more rain to the West.....IF only we had that kind of weather control!!

Yes, it's spring....but oh, the rain coming down is a blessing!

Have you ever considered how much has been written about rain?

“The rain to the wind said,
You push and I'll pelt.'
They so smote the garden bed
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged--though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.”
― Robert Frost

“Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Love like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy."
― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

“The only noise now was the rain, pattering softly with the magnificent indifference of nature for the tangled passions of humans.”
― Sherwood Smith


Rain is always a brings HOPE and PROMISE....

It brings the harvest!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Meet The Cowgirls of Jenner Family Beef

The Jenner Cowgirls are an eager and enthusiastic bunch. They bring to the business a wide variety of skills and experience.  Either born on the ranch or married into this historic ranching family, each woman represents the unique Jenner Family Beef business and its connection to the Jenner Ranching family. We love the country life; we love the ranch that sustains us and has provided for five + generations of the Jenner family. We have created Jenner Family Beef as a business, offering 100% All Natural Beef for sale. Dry-aged and raised on our 5th generation family business, these cattle are raised on our own pastures, many of which are composed of native grasses....
From left to right (back): Sarah, Christy, Francyne, Lindsey; (front): Tricia, Gail, Jenny.
We like to say that the Jenner Cowgirls can do almost anything!

Our jobs are as diverse as we are: we are often expected to jump in a truck or on a horse or tractor or asked to grab a rag or wrench to help repair ailing equipment. We are cooks and gardeners and can whip up a meal for crews of hungry men and hands without complaint -- or, at least, without much complaint! We can handle a fry pan while handling energetic kids; we can pull on our boots and jackets and lend a hand whenever required.

One of the most important roles each of us has come to understand is that ranch work, like housework, never ends; being available night and day is part of the job of being a ranching wife and cowgirl. Late nights, early mornings, cold days spent rounding up cattle or searching for a lost calf, and hot days spent driving an old hay truck are all part of the "ranching landscape." But we love it. We love the connection with animals, the connection to nature and the land, and the freedom to explore and be part of the cycle of life that characterizes the cattle business -- even when we suffer the heartbreak of losing an orphan calf or sick cow.

But don't be fooled by our country girl background! These progressive cowgirls are far from backwoods. As fashion-forward fashionistas, teachers, acclaimed author, nurse, CPA, & nutrition-seeking entrepreneurs, these Mommas wear many hats -- and the designer boots that go with 'em!

We feel blessed to be a part of the world of ranching and to be able to offer our children the opportunity to grow up in a business that is now moving into its sixth generation...

Meet The Cowboys of Jenner Cattle Co.

The Men
From left to right (3 generations):  Frank, Jack, John, Matt, Doug, and Nick
Jenner Family Beef features the prime beef raised by Jenner Cattle Company.  The Jenner Cowboys work long hours and long seasons...and working as a team and having the same goals is what has made this a successful family business.

In addition to being ranchers, they are farmers, mechanics, equipment operators, and engineers. Their work ethic and commitment to making the ranch self-sufficient means that they do it all. No hired hands -- only family/partners sharing the workload. Whether it's mending fences under the hot summer sun or during a snowstorm, moving water and taking care of ditches and pivots, rescuing orphaned calves and pulling calves at 1 a.m., or baling and hauling hay before a sudden summer storm moves through, these guys are on the job.

They are exceptional stewards of the land -- which includes a natural preserve that has been maintained for 100 years -- testimony to the love they share for what God has provided. Waterfowl and wildlife share open space with our herd of cows and calves. On horseback, in a beat-up old pickup, or on a four-wheeler, they are on the move.

Now a 5th generational family-owned and operated ranch, the Jenner Cowboys are a unique bunch of guys. Meet them here: (from left to right) Frank, Jack, John, Matt, Doug, and Nick. With a shared vision for the future, these fellows work side by side, three generations strong.
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