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Katie feeding her purebred Simmentals at their new place. BY KATIE STOREY, OHIO, AGE 15 This is part of the crossbred herd at the old place. the three that we already have. Now, we are starting to raise purebred Simmentals and our goal is to have 20 cows. I already have a couple of cows and a calf and am looking forward to adding more. bought some feeder cattle from the same people that we sold our crossbred cows to, and we have been adding more feeder cattle each fall. We’ve also planted soybeans, fi eld corn and wheat, plus a new hay fi eld to add to Katie helps process some of their new feeder cattle. Okay, so I know you ranchers out West call your ranch a “ranch” but where I live we call our “ranch” our “farm”. I only have to walk about 30 feet to get to our barns at this farm. I live about fi ve miles south of the Sandusky Bay, and ten minutes from Lake Erie. Let me tell you, Ohio is one of the fl attest states and there aren’t any mountains or cool looking cabins around my place. Last year we sold our crossbred cows and had planned on selling all of our farm equipment and our house to move out to a large ranch in Idaho. We were going to raise Simmentals at the new ranch. But God had other plans for us, and one of our neighbors came up to my dad and asked if we wanted to rent his farm. At fi rst my dad thought he was joking, but he wasn’t! So we prayed and talked about it for a week and ended up renting his farm for three years. After we rented the farm, we 24 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I SUMMER 2016


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