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{Above} (Left to right) Josh’s dad, Bruce Crawford, Josh, his brother Cole Crawford and his grandpa Allen Crawford are happy about getting back into raising cattle on their family’s fi fth generation Colorado ranch. {Right and Below} The original ranch house was built in 1905 by Josh’s great-great grandpa, Allen Hill Crawford. Over the years the family has added onto it. Here, Josh is standing next to one of the walls that still have the original logs and mud exposed. fi nd other work for income. In 2013, I signed up for the 4-H beef project and I bought one steer. My brother was the one who encouraged me because he had signed up with a heifer. Working with that steer made me want to start raising cows. Before I could start in the beef project I had to build a place to work the steer and care for him. So my family and I built a new cow barn. I then had to purchase a squeeze chute and other equipment to update the process. In 2015 my grandfather and I bought a total of twelve cows. I own two heifers and my grandfather owns nine heifers and a steer. Working with cows has taught me a lot about being responsible. They are living animals so you have to feed and water them twice a day to make sure that they are healthy and happy. My grandpa and I share the chores. Because we grow our own hay we don’t have to buy hay from anyone, which helps in keeping the cost of raising the cows down. In the shortterm, I am hoping to increase the size of the herd as much as can be sustained on our property. My long-term goal is to increase the herd even more by purchasing more land. I am glad to have the land to be able to raise cows because I love being around animals. I take great pride in being able to carry on my family’s heritage on this property. It is amazing to be able to have a life like mine and be able to do what I love. I want to protect our heritage and preserve our property for generations to come. IAIN J. MCCOURT, AGE 16 PENNY CRAWFORD PENNY CRAWFORD SUMMER 2016 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I 7


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