Sunday, November 30, 2014





Sixty degrees turned into sixteen degrees in just two days.
Auctions, the beginning of feeding hay, AI'ing and spending time with friends filled our days.
A birthday, and another year to try to get it right.
November was a good month, and I'm thankful for it.

Thanksgiving in Pacific City.

My family celebrated Thanksgiving in Pacific City this year.  We rented a house in Shorepine Village, and spent Thursday and Friday night there.  We couldn't get into the house until 5 pm on Thursday, so Lindsay and Henry met us at the boat ramp and we went out crabbing until dark.
My brother is a firefighter/EMT and his shift fell on Thanksgiving, and Clint and I couldn't leave the ranch until Thursday morning so we celebrated Thanksgiving dinner on Friday night.

While we were letting the pots soak for a bit, Henry took us over to the sand bar and we anchored for a bit to walk the beach.
It was the only time I went to the beach - it poured the next day, and the warmth of our beach cabin kept me inside.

 How cute are these two?

The picture of Lindsay & I is in front of the house we're going to own someday.
Lol - when we win the lottery!  But isn't it gorgeous?  And it is HUGE.  Henry thinks that Kevin Costner owns it.

I figured the photo below of Clint & I can be in contention for our 2014 Christmas Card photo - what do you think???  ;)

I'll post more pictures of us crabbing later this week - but the moral of the story is this.
We caught two, and had the best time. 

Thanks Lindsay & Henry for taking us out!
After we pulled the boat out, we picked up dinner and headed to the house to get settled in.

After sleeping in on Friday, Lindsay & Henry made breakfast before we went back out and pulled the crab pots we'd let soak all night.  After getting back to town we walked the paths of Pacific City and went to an open house for a cabin that was for sale.  Clint got in a nap, Mom & Shawn worked all day on a puzzle, we played Rummikub and prepped everything for dinner.  It was a great day and very relaxing.

Dinner included the usual suspects - turkey, prime rib, broccoli wild rice casserole, salad, mashed potatoes & gravy, grilled asparagus and delicious razzleberry pie.

We got a family picture at the end of the meal....

And then had an outtake!

It may be my favorite picture of the whole gosh dang weekend.
And only two bottles of champagne were harmed in the taking of this picture!
I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving holiday!
We sure did.
There is so much to be thankful for!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Will you be the one?

The 2015 Genex Beef Division Internships were announced this week!
Will you be the one to apply?
Will you be the one to extensively travel the US, visiting some of the most progressive beef ranches?
Will you be the one to learn to AI, and help with Genex's first class Chuteside Service projects?
Will you be the one to work at the Double M Ranch and get to live with yours truly?
Haha - don't let that throw you off!  ;)  I promise, we're nice people.
Genex is recruiting two interns & you can find all of the info here.
Here's a look at what last year's interns Wyatt & Gina got to experience during their internships:
Click on the hyperlinks for more details & pictures.

We had a little bit of fun there too after the breeding was done.  :)

Gina got to have some fun too - experiencing the PBR in Pendleton & traveling to the PI.
The deadline to apply is January 2 - what are you waiting for?
You can't be {The One} unless you apply!
For questions about the internship contact Sarah Thorson at

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Everywhere I look - I see a bounty.
Warm sun peeking over the blues, greeting us with a new day.
Cows all lined up, busily munching on morning hay.

Feed trucks that start on the first crank.
Flakers that flake pieces of hay by remote from the comfort of the cab.
A good life that greets us at every turn.

On Thanksgiving, I am thankful for a life that continues to be bountiful, day after day.
A bounty of friends, a bounty of family and the bounty that this lifestyle provides.
Happy Thanksgiving friends.  I hope you are thankful for your bounty.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Yesterday I mentioned that the ranch keeps all of the heifers they wean at the white corrals.  These corrals are separate from the feedlot, but the same trucks that feed at the feedlot also come down to the white corrals to feed the heifers.  Twice a day, the guys deliver feed to the pens so that the heifers can keep developing and growing.


Since these heifers are separate, Clint or Jesse will ride each pen daily and check health. It's important to catch sick heifers early, since we want them to feel good and stay on feed.  Also, it's less expensive to doctor a calf that's only slightly sick (elevated temperature of 104* and showing signs of sickness), then one that is very sick (106* temperature or higher) and the cattle have a better chance of responding to the medicine if we catch them early.

Each pen is ridden horseback, and if a heifer looks outwardly sick, she's pulled out of the pen and taken to the corrals.  Once all of the pens are pulled, the heifers are brought up the alley to the chute where we use a thermometer to temp them.  If their temperature is elevated, they're doctored with the appropriate medicine.   Cattle normally temp at 102*, and we usually doctor anything above 104*.   Each heifer's treatment is recorded, and the heifer gets chalked with the first letter of the medicine, somewhere on her body. 
Left hip is Sunday, left rib is Monday, left shoulder is Tuesday, face is Wednesday, right shoulder is Thursday, right rib is Friday, right hip is Saturday.

We usually doctor with Nuflor, Resflor or Zactrin - so the heifers will get an N, R or Z chalked in whatever location corresponds to the day they were doctored.
You can see a heifer in the middle of this picture who was doctored with Zactrin "Z" on Monday (left rib), and another heifer to the left of her that was doctored with Nuflor "N" on Saturday (right hip).
For example, I doctored a heifer with Nuflor last Saturday, and so she got an "N" written in chalk on her right hip.  That tells anyone who rides pens in the coming days that the heifer was doctored, and they know which day so they can 1) continue to watch the heifer and make sure she gets better and 2) not pull and doctor/over-medicate a heifer who was pulled on a previous day and already doctored.  It also helps us visually see what pens are staying healthy, and what pens may need something modified - medicated feed, etc.

The nice thing is that the white corrals are really a great place to develop heifers and keep an eye on them.  And the new bunks & pipe work really are functioning well! 
Now that this cold snap is over, we hope that the weather AND the calves will straighten out and that the amount of doctoring goes down.  But even then - the pens will still be ridden every day to make sure that the health of the heifers is looked after.
Success is reason enough.