Archive for May, 2015

Sunday Afternoon Drive

After Church we decided to go on a Sunday Afternoon Drive. Enjoy the scenery, take our time, just bop around. So where did we go? Around the pastures looking for new calves and enjoying the beautiful Arizona ski. #lovemylife



“My kingdom for a Horse”?

We are on a quest. Said knight is on foot and in need of a mount. How can a knight be a champion without a horse? Champion of what you may inquire….roping of course! Daniel has been caught by a rope/lariat/lasso and is looking for a horse to go with. He wants to get into team roping. We looked at a good possibility in Phoenix yesterday. The horse is 24 and still a little hot but a definite maybe. Proud of Daniel for mounting up after 2 years confidently and with great form.

Dad helped him get a steer head set up and he’s making loops! Working on welding together a roping dummy.

God graciously has given us several folks we can’t trust our son with to learn from with little/no profanity and good sportsmanship (no trash talking)! The pastor and his wife are horse trainers, previous 4H leaders who Daniel is comfortable with. They will be his coaches. A fellow rancher we go to church with has offered a very quite horse for him to start with while we search. We were discussing roping and in his typical, slow, understated way he quietly said “Let’s go out to the truck”. Next thing, they were roping rocks in the church parking lot and discussing proper hand position.

Headed down a new trail…..

“hot” – ready to go, dancing around
roping dummyswingingcaught it

Conservation Ranch 2015

We are honored to have been selected the Conservation Ranch for 2015 by the Willcox San-Simon NRCD.

Natural Resource Conservation Districts (NRCDs) were formed in the 1930s when the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), previously known as the Soil Conservation Service, was created in response to the Dust Bowl in the great plains. The service provides technical support and conservation training to farmers and ranchers across America, from installing pipelines to brushwork and whole ranch conservation plans. Participation is strictly voluntary and non-regulatory in nature. Districts are legal subdivisions of the state and as such have legal standing to coordinate with and consult on federal and state agency actions. The districts board members are elected by their peers.

Ranchers and farmers who have implemented and continue to implement conservation programs and practices are nominated by NRCS ranch and crop staff. The district board makes the final decision. We have a coordinated resource management plan with all of the Arizona State Land Dept, US Forest Service, Willcox NRCD, and Arizona Game and Fish. As part of the plan we have replaced and rebuilt 13+ miles of fence, cleaned out two large dirt tanks, and implemented brush removal on 1250+ acres. Work is ongoing to continue improving the grassland for wildlife, our cattle, reduced soil erosion, and improved habitat for endangered species.

As a former NRCS range management specialist, this is especially meaningful to Sonia. She used to nominate folks for these awards and is thrilled to have come full circle. Sonia’s grandparents received a similar award years ago for their work on their farm in Arkansas, which just makes this award all the more poignant.

This has and continues to be a whole family effort. Emily was at work and unavailable for the photo, but as “camp cook” she earned this too!fam pic