I may not have all my ducks in a row but I did get all
the heifers in a row, does that count for something?
EDITOR: Dang straight it does!
T his is our feedlot located in Winfi eld KS.
It is ow ned by my dad, Norm, and Carole
Christenson. Clay ton Plush i s our hand and he
took th is as we were fi nishing for the day.
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Cowboyin’ is a moviescreen
life lived in secret.
Far from the hustle and bustle of the cities,
there are men and women who get up every
day and tend to cattle.
Social media and technology have opened
up the cowboy world a little bit, but mostly,
they ride unseen, unnoticed.
The camaraderie amongst peers, laughing
about an old wreck or knowing that nice
loop was noticed - that’s enough.
Watching the sunrise over a cattle-dotted
prairie, smelling the rain-washed sage,
seeing a prairie chicken family trot down the
pasture, that’s enough.
Saving a newborn calf, watching the
cattle prices rise, feeling a good horse under
you, that’s enough.
There’s a lot of below-zero days in 60
mph wind, a lot of hot, dry branding days
where your face is covered in dust, and
some miserable muddy processing days— but
that’s the price you pay for the beauty in
When the night has a million bright stars,
when the snow lays deep and untouched,
when you sit and hear only silence — then
once again you smile and thank God for this
Kay Schrock, WY
144 I WORKING RANCH I MARCH 2019