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Bulls, Boys, and Blessings

Day 2-3 of our 12-Day Ranch Journal

Julia Jacobsen

Day 2-3 of our 12-Day Ranch Journal

My job in this round up is merely to stand in a corner that the calves like to bunch up in making the shot into the gate difficult.  All went smooth; Cass could be heard as he passed by me hissing at the cows. Everyone has their own style of what they call out to move cattle. Cass makes an S sound and throws his arms in the air.

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12-Day Ranching Journal

Julia Jacobsen Cattle fence journal

12-Day Ranching Journal

My husband was born into cattle and by the time he was 12 had his own herd started. He calved out and tended to a neighbors (Danver Johns) group of heifers one winter with the help of his father Ken. His wages were two cows and their calves.  He has been growing that herd ever since.

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Picture Perfect

Julia Jacobsen

Picture Perfect

We fix things with duct tape, we are rarely picture perfect. Our mittens don’t always match and life on our farm can feel like a beautiful masterpiece of organized chaos. It has never felt more important than now to share our Ag stories. I hope you enjoy them and please feel free to share any of my stories that you are fond of.

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Hindsight and present tense sharing a meal together.

Julia Jacobsen blessings boys farmhouse farms ranching

Hindsight and present tense sharing a meal together.

My husband and I were in the middle of a fight when I found out I was pregnant.  Technically about a day after a fight, I don’t remember what the fight was about now but I do remember it was one of those where you get a little quiet for about 24 hours.  Still in our quiet zone I took the third pregnancy test by myself.  I was in total shock, I know exactly how this works but we had done nothing permanent to prevent this since our last son was born (14 years prior) and at various times since then had tried to have another baby.  I just thought it wasn’t meant to be.

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Have you seen this man?

Julia Jacobsen

Have you seen this man?

Have you seen this man?

 

We live in a small town.  Technically we live in the country in between 2 small towns. My son, old enough to drive and nearly an adult himself grabbed a stack of paperwork for us and was headed to town to run a list of errands; his last one taking him to an office we needed paperwork dropped off at. While there, a man that looked familiar dropped in the office too and started to visit with Luke.  It was clear the man knew him by the questions and convo he started.  “How is calving going?” “Your mom said you were starting your own herd?” “How was the bull sale?” 

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