BY MATTIEROSE JOHNSON
Some of the work that had
to be done during quarantine
was branding and vaccinating
calves. To do this, they had to
gather a group of neighbors
and friends to help out. When
they were done, since they
had to work close to each
other, everyone practiced
being safe by washing.
This is MattieRose’s fi rst
year with a steer she was
planning on taking to the
fair. She’s hoping the fair
will still happen.
MattieRose helped out
with roping calves at the
MattieRose’s brother Layton
prefers the farming end of
things. Their high school is in
Winnemucca, 120 miles from
home. They were excited to
be home early this year, as
they stay in town Monday-
Friday during the school
year. The family attended
a drive through graduation
for Layton in June.
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helped get food to people.
During the quarantine,
people were wanting to go
camping, fi shing, and be outdoors,
but campgrounds were
closed, so people traveled to
rural areas to go camping and
fi shing and get away from
the virus. Our friend who
owns a gas station in a rural
area where we live said she
has never sold so much gas
before. It seems strange for
them to come to our areas to
try and be safe from the virus.
We are so far away from
the store that we are always
stocked up on food. We also
have our own butcher shop
to process our beef, pork,
and lamb, so we don’t have
to be exposed too much to
going to the grocery store.
But we have to get grain for
some of our animals and dog food
and parts for our equipment. We have
been doing drive through pick up for
this to keep us safe from exposure.
Since my school was canceled for
the rest of the year, we had to switch
to online school, and it was different
and hard to stay focused. We were
doing spring planting and we would
rather be outside working than being
online doing school. It was nice to be
home and not at school though!
Since our country had to quarantine
to fi ght this virus for so long, I sure
am glad I was on a ranch continuing
my life without much change. I hope
everyone stays safe! We are all in this
together and we will get through it!
arch - and school is out
for the summer! That
sure isn’t a normal
thing, but COVID-19
hit, and we all went into quarantine.
This is a pandemic all over the world
and it affects everyone, including us
ranchers, but I think it has affected
more people in the cities than in
rural areas. My closest neighbor is 15
miles away and the grocery store is
120 miles away, so my family doesn’t
have a lot of contact with people.
Us ranchers and farmers couldn’t
stop working because we are considered
essential workers; we provide
food to feed our entire country. The
price of meat has gone up in the stores
and sometimes people can’t even buy
meat, but the price has dropped tremendously
to the rancher. When the
restaurants closed, all of the food they
normally buy had nowhere to go.
Some processing plants had to shut
down or have fewer workers. Because
of this, the plants could not keep
up with the number of animals that
needed to go to slaughter, so beef producers
decided to hold off from selling,
in hopes of getting better prices when
the processing plants open back up.
Some farmers and ranchers were able
to sell directly to the consumer, which
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