BY JULIA STEWARD, AGE 12
Julia with her dad Joel, mom Jackie and sister Jessie. Some of this
pasture has never been broken up and there are even some old wagon
trails going across it.
Ilive on a ranch in South Dakota where we raise
beef cattle, corn, and soybeans. I enjoy ranching,
writing, and being active in our church. My mom
homeschools me and my younger sister, Jessie. I
like being homeschooled because I don’t have
to miss out on much around the ranch. I also love
horses and have two naughty ponies and am looking
for a good horse.
In the spring, we
drive the cows out
to the calving pasture
The view from the top of the grain bin.
Grandpa Orville putting out lick tubs for
to have their
babies. We calve
April through May,
so we are checking
in the evenings after they graze the grass down, and
sometimes taking care of bottle calves. We calve the
fi rst time heifers out behind our house so we can watch
them carefully. Plus, this is also the time for planting,
so we keep pretty busy in the spring.
of summer means
the end of calving
season. Now it’s
time to vaccinate,
dehorn, fl y tag and
castrate the calves.
means fencing and
haying. We put up
all of our own hay,
8 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I SUMMER 2018