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Farm and Ranch Living

Farm and Ranch Living February/March 2020

Discover the pleasures of rural living with Farm & Ranch Living Magazine! You'll enjoy fascinating month-long family diaries, Old Iron restoration tips, inspiring fiction, wholesome country humor and more when you subscribe today!

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work and play

“Nice winter we’re having this spring.” It’s a common refrain here in the Upper Midwest—one we don’t completely retire until the first of June. (Meanwhile, my friends and family out West are busy tilling up the soil in preparation for planting.) But no matter how chilly, muddy, frostbitten or bogged down in snow we get, the work still needs doing. Wisconsin farmer Josh Nagel, whose ag diary begins on page 26, can attest to that. His family raises cattle, hogs and chickens, and taps trees to make maple syrup. He is also an elementary school counselor, a school bus driver and, when record snowfalls demand, a tireless snow-shoveler, too. Now, I enjoy shoveling snow, but if I’d had a month like Josh did, I might be singing a different tune. Like Josh,…

1 min.
tell us about your truck and you could win $500!

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS and a short story for a chance to win the $500 grand prize in our first-ever My Favorite Truck contest. If you have a farm truck that has stood the test of time, enter photos and a 300-word essay for your chance to win $500. Two runners-up will each be awarded $50. If you restored the truck, send before and after pictures. We can’t wait to hear about the ups and downs that come with maintaining an old workhorse—or getting a vintage truck back up and running. Hurry! The contest ends June 5, 2020. Enter at : farmandranchliving.com/contests…

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THE GREYS HAVE IT I found Nathaniel Miller’s story in the October/November issue to be very well written, and I was pleased to learn that, like us, he raises grass-fed beef and has started using Murray Greys. We just had our second calf crop by a Murray Grey bull, and we’re so impressed with the results. As an aside, I have been a Farm & Ranch subscriber since the first issue. KATHLEEN RINTA YACOLT, WASHINGTON FINE FARM MEMORIES Years ago I was a farmer’s daughter, and Shaun Lambertsen’s ag diary woke up my memories of that life and how hard a farmer works. Shaun shared the highs and lows of his experiences, and I wanted his daily accounting to continue. It made my heart smile. JO ANN CARMAN FINDLAY, OHIO LOVE, DAD Your magazine arrived as usual…

1 min.
mystery solved?

Many people chimed in via email and social media regarding the mystery tool pictured above, which was sent in by reader Emmett Machande. We received quite a wide variety of answers, ranging from a seal cutter for bulk liquids to a seedling shovel to a tree borer. By far the most common answer was an old boot stretcher that’s missing its wooden parts. Do you think we got it right? If you have a tool mystery you’d like help solving, send us a photo and any supporting info using the link below, and we’ll see if we can help. BOY WITH COW: RICH HERRMANN; NATHANIEL MILLER: MITCHEL MORASKI…

1 min.
lil’ ranch manager

Our daughter loves life on our ranch. She thinks she’s the ranch manager, and one day she’ll probably make quite the hand. She likes horses and cows and enjoys riding in the tractor every day. BRITTANY KENYON CLEAR LAKE, SOUTH DAKOTA 1. NEVER TOO COLD It was 10 below zero on this day, but we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Admittedly, Dad does most of the work, but feeding our beef cows is always a family affair. MICHAELA BERTOVICH AVELLA, PENNSYLVANIA 2. A MATCHING SET Our son Cade was a little over a year old in this photo. Cows and horses are his favorite animals; he would be the happiest boy in the world if we let him live with the cows during calving season. MALISSA CASCIATO KAYCEE, WYOMING 3. TIME WELL SPENT At our guest ranch, we…

3 min.
not forgotten

I never understood how he could have gotten rid of it. I only knew I’d never see it again. It was a single-cylinder John Deere gas engine that my father-in-law, Hank, and I restored to near pristine condition. We soaked each rusted part in gas, scraped them with a steel brush and polished them to a dark metal shine. Then, piece by piece, we put it all back together. Hank had bought it new, in the days when his hair was still thick, back when he worked the field with horses and milked cows by hand. He knew that engine by heart and knew, by feel, what each part did and just where it fit. “Yep, that’s the way I remember it,” he said when we were finished. “All we need now…