At an elevation of 6500 ft., up the hill from a beautiful stand of Quaking Aspen trees, you will find a red-roofed house, the hub of the many activities on our beautiful Nevada ranch. With a family of 10 there is always a lot happening: climbing trees, playing on the swing set/tree house, riding colts, roping, gardening, picking apples, and milking the cow, just to name a few. We love our high desert ranch with its beautiful grass meadows surrounded by the Ruby Mountains. Breathtaking views can be seen from every window. We love exploring the mountains in our backyard, and finding picnic spots along the creeks lined with trees and willows; making bouquets of the sunflowers, purple Lupine, or some of the other many wildflowers we find a long the way.
Our favorite time of the year is spring, seeing new life all around us, especially the new calves with all their antics. We LOVE getting together with family and friends and trying out our roping skills as we do the spring work. Working together is the biggest benefit of the life we live. We especially like it when the work includes all of us riding horses to gather, move, or work cattle. Homeschooling allows us flexibility in our work schedule. The needs of the cattle dictate our schedule rather than the calendar.
Of course working makes hungry workers, which brings us to our second favorite thing to do–eating! We love good food, exceptional beef, and delicious ice cream. Whatever the occasion–branding, shipping, preg-testing, birthdays–the question is always, “What are we going to eat?” With eight kids, spread across 16 years, it takes a pile of food to feed them. Fortunately, we raise great beef. You would think we would get tired of it but we never do. Our beef is so flavorful and satisfying that even eating out isn’t much of a treat. At least one of the kids will say, “This isn’t as good as yours, Mom!” And believe me, I am not that good of a cook. It’s all in the beef!
Healthy eating is a priority for us, from 100% whole wheat sourdough to making our own ice cream, we go to great lengths to eat nourishing foods that taste amazing! The same goes for our beef; we are continually learning how to increase the quality of the land and the animals. We carefully decide which animals to butcher, practice stress-free handling of the animals, and use proven methods of dry aging to ensure the quality of the animal in the field makes it to your plate. Ignoring these important steps can result in tough beef.
It is an honor and a privilege to live and work on this amazing ranch as 3rd and 4th generation ranchers. We thank God everyday for this great life. We are humbled by the stewardships we have been given and we rely on His strength and guidance in raising our family and caring for the land and cattle.