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Farm and Ranch Living April/May 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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time to grow

As we assembled this issue of Farm & Ranch Living, it became clear we had a lot of young animals on our hands. Between the calves in the Ag Diaries and Snapshots section to a photo feature celebrating your farms’ newest additions (page 48), it’s safe to say we like the little ones. All the same, we also appreciate the good work and fun farm events that simply wouldn’t be possible without a human or two. To that end, we’ve enlisted the help of tractor mechanic and author Rachel Gingell, a rising star in the heavy machinery world. Beginning on page 35, Rachel offers a fantastic rundown of her favorite tractor shows in the United States, so you may want to grab a pencil and start making plans. Within these pages you’ll…

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become a volunteer field editor

Farm & Ranch Living readers are the heart and soul of this magazine. We rely on you to tell us about the rural life and what matters most to you and others in your community. That’s why we’re so excited to launch our volunteer Field Editor program. WHAT DOES A VOLUNTEER FIELD EDITOR DO? ➜ Submit great photographs and stories of the farming and ranching life. ➜ Tell us what’s on your mind. Is there a story you want us to cover? Let us know! ➜ Participate in conversations online. Share and comment on our Facebook and Instagram posts and join our Facebook Field Editors’ group. ➜ Spread the word. Get your friends, family and neighbors involved with Farm & Ranch Living magazine. WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? As a thank-you for your time, your Field Editor…

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“TRACT-TOR” LOVE RUNS IN THE FAMILY My father-in-law, Fred Wainwright Jr., turned 89 years old on Jan. 23. Here he is with our 19-month-old son, who brought over his favorite magazine to look at all the “moo cows” and “tract-tors.” Fred is still farming and helps his six children with their farms, too. Weather permitting, he is on the tractor every day. DANIELLE WAINWRIGHT SOUTHAMPTON, NEW JERSEY STAFFING SUGGESTION We are writing to let you know that we really enjoyed reading the farm diaries in your October/November 2019 issue. It was refreshing to join Nathaniel Miller as he went about his routine on his Vermont farm. We actually think you should hire him! THE DIEHL FAMILY BEAVER FALLS, PENNSYLVANIA Winter for the Win! I just finished reading the December/January issue of Farm & Ranch Living.…

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pasture pals

Our goat Gus is so patient and gentle with my son, Dave. We have eight goats, six Angus, three rabbits and several chickens and pigs. Dave likes to try to ride Gus; he succeeds about a quarter of the time. TALLIE CZAJKOWSKI CATO, NEW YORK 1. HEARTS IN THE COUNTRY My daughter Brenda and her husband, Damon, have a small farm in central Missouri. Like many others around here, Brenda adores her farm animals. BETTY LOU JONES MARSHALL, MISSOURI 2. WHAT A WORKER! When I took this, we’d just had an orphan calf, and my granddaughter Abigail insisted on carrying the bottle. It was almost as big as she was! DEBBIE BORK HOMER CITY, PENNSYLVANIA 3. FEEDING TIME I raise Herefords but I’ve always wanted Longhorns. I bought Willa at 1 month old; she had some health issues…

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two fine days

As a child, I so looked forward to shearing days. My family had some 300 head of Angora goats and about 200 Rambouillet sheep. Shearing was a two-day operation, and the days started early, at the crack of dawn. It was my job to gather, bridle and saddle everyone’s horses. We rounded up our sheep and goats by horseback, and I loved riding horses more than life itself, so I was happy for the task. On that first day, we’d vaccinate and mark all of the animals to get them ready for shearing. Neighbors and friends helped; that’s just how it was in those days. If a neighbor had crops coming, a barn to build or livestock to work, the whole community showed up. The next day, around sunup, the shearing crew would…

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fields made of frosting

Some youngsters will ask for a birthday cake with a superhero or Disney theme, but children growing up in the country are likely to have different ideas. When my friend Linda Snavely of Cottonwood, California, asked her son Jesse what kind of cake he wanted for his seventh birthday, he requested “tractors, a lawn mower and dirt.” Jesse’s detailed request was no problem, but it demanded a blend of imagination and skill. “It’s a family tradition passed on from my momma to let each of the children pick the type of cake they want for their birthday dinner,” Linda says. “My mom learned to decorate cakes, and I learned from her.” There’s no question where Jesse found his inspiration. The Snavely family—Brian, Linda and their sons John, Paul, Jordan and Jesse—had recently…