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headquarters so I could take Ava shopping in Wichita. Famous last words… No baby calves, so I put out some mineral and scooted down the road to headquarters, ready to quickly fi nish my one task of the morning. Unfortunately, Dad informed me of one sale bull came down with a touch of respiratory illness and another with a pinched nerve from a brawl last night. I called the vet to come give us his opinion, and then Eric and I started shearing bulls. Got them fi nished about 11:30 and I asked Dad to handle the vet call later in the day so I could take Ava to Wichita. Headed out about 1:00. The afternoon was a great one… shopping, then dinner at Sumo, a way-cool Asian restaurant that Ava loved. Sometimes Amy has to remind me that these kids grow up quick, so I need to occasionally forget about being a rancher and just enjoy being a Dad. As usual, Amy’s right. Thank you for spending the last twelve days with us. Just like you, we dedicate quite a bit of time and energy to producing food for the world. We are proud to provide the safest, most wholesome, nutrient-dense food in the world. But our best product is The Perrier family markets 200 yearling and coming two-year-old bulls annually through their annual auction the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and by private treaty beginning in early March. likely the kids raised in this environment. Ranch kids grow up knowing that all things come through God and they learn to trust Him to provide. We also learn early the values of hard work, determination and setting attainable goals. Perhaps most importantly, we learn that He throws just enough challenges our way to grow closer to Him and help others put their faith in Him along the way. In a time when this kind of conviction, determination and work ethic seem to be dwindling in our world, virtues like these are likely the best products that America’s farmers and ranchers provide. So keep up the great work on your outfi t, and do not be afraid to tell the world YOUR story about America’s farmers and ranchers. It is truly a great one, and our consumers want to hear it. During branding, tissue samples and vaccinations are passed back and forth from the ground crew to the record-keepers stationed nice and safe in this unique three-paneled hideaway. Registered Quarter Horses are used on the ranch extensively. Pairs gathered easily, kids did a nice job helping sort them, so we started vaccinating heifers through the chute. Everyone did their job well (especially Ava and Lyle), so all went smoothly. APRIL / MAY 2016 I WORKING RANCH I 71


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