A fi re full of irons, Pedal Pulling kids,
a timely message from Pastor Greg,
and a glimpse back at what life was like
pre-Covid-19 with the folks at Nebraska’s
BY MALLOREE BARNES i! We’re Tyrell and Malloree Barnes, ranching in central Nebraska,
situated in the Platte River Valley south of the Sandhills and north
of the rough cedar-infested hills below us at Smilin’ Ranch Company.
My husband, Ty, and I were married in 2010, establishing our ranch
with a brand that would signify what we work for every day of
our lives. My husband has lived on this ranch since he was eight
years old when his dad, Wyatt, worked for the owner running a registered
Gelbvieh herd for 26 years. After the owners passed, the Barnes’ took over
the lease and have continued running it until Ty and I offi cially took over
when we married. We have an eight year-old girl, Dallee, and a six year-old
boy, Augustus, that are crucial help to our operations.
I’m the type of person that likes to put a lot of irons in the fi re; literally
Between multiple herds, the Barnes crew runs a cow/
calf operation with roughly 500 head of mama cows.
52 I WORKING RANCH I JUNE / JULY 2020