(ABOVE) Kayla Land and Makayla Meyer castrate a calf, while
Makayla’s dad Todd Meyer supervises. (BELOW) Tucker
Carlisle brands a calf while his parents supervise.
Twenty miles off of the highway, down a winding sand
road that most people would fail to notice, the Merrill
Ranch is tucked away, deep in the heart of south central
Kansas. The ranch is comprised of 17,000 acres of grassy
rolling hills and red-dirt valleys, and is home to 800 head of
cattle. Jamie Miller runs the ranch where he and his wife Tina
are raising their three kids.
The ranch hires local cowboys to help with most of the
BY AMANDA KISHPAUGH
80 I WORKING RANCH I JUNE / JULY 2019