Christmas is over, the New Year has passed, don’t fret, don’t worry, your troubles won’t last, 2020 will be a good year.
I’ve got little to do, but wonder what do cattlemen do in winter. A strange question to you, but I live in the Midwest, in Kansas, to be exact, near the Flint Hills, where the deer and the antelope play, once home to buffalo, where now cattlemen raise their stock.
Curiosity got the cowman.
So, rambling across the internet, I came across John Schlageck’s article in Kansas Living, “How do farmers care for cattle in the winter?” It is the story of Berndt family and their farm, nestled in the hills of the Saline River Valley, where the cowherd “has weathered Kansas winters with below-zero temperatures and bitter-cold northerly winds since the late 1800s, when Leslie Berndt’s great grandfather began raising cattle.”
I imagine the Berndt family feels that home will always be where the herd is. I imagine it’s a stressful life – feeding and watering, and caring and tending the herd, and getting ready for calving in mid-February.
But as an old wrangler once said, “It is not work if you love what you do.”