February 6, 2020

My husband of 48 years, Tom DeForest, and I have a small cattle and hay ranch a couple of miles out of Adin, CA in Modoc County. It’s just the two of us on the place. Our one daughter, Sarah, is the Director of External Relations for the College of Agriculture at the U...

December 16, 2019

I’m Irene Smith and I live on Cottonwood Ranch in O’Neil Basin and have been here for almost 67 years.

I am now 89 years old and my main job on the ranch these days is baking cookies and watering flowers, so I’ll tell about my early days on Cottonwood Ranch.

My husband a...

November 10, 2019

Yesterday I sat down and started a story aiming to answer the question I had been asked a lot in the last couple days..."How do you ship calves and preg cows in the same day??"  I was attempting that answer when I decided to take a break and go attend to the task I'd b...

November 6, 2019

My name is Amelia Wakley, I also go by Millie. I was born and raised right here on this ranch in Deeth, Nevada. As a child we helped all the time we weren’t in school. Ranch chores and labor teaches a kid respect, responsibility, accountability, persistence, and grit....

October 14, 2019

My name is Jessica (Gibbs) Mesna,  and I was born and raised in Nevada. I have lived on a cattle ranch in Northeastern Nevada, northwest of Wells, my entire life. My husband Wyatt, son Anton, and I help run our family ranch, the Gibbs Ranch. It has now been in the fami...

September 7, 2019

 My name is McKenzie Molsbee, wife to Jason for 10 years and mom to two boys, Easton (9) and Cavin (7).  I grew up on my family ranch in northeastern Nevada.  I am the 5th generation.  We live in O’Neil Basin at the base of the Jarbidge Mountains.   We are 2 ½ hrs from...

August 16, 2019

Now I can say I have covered all three  bases! Last winter, at the close of the winter Beef Board meeting, a fellow CBB member took the train from New Orleans to Alpine, TX.  She posted pictures about her trip and raved about how much fun it was.

When the summer CB...

August 4, 2019

We run a Red Angus cow/calf operation here at Leonard Creek ranch, 90 miles north of Winnemucca. I live in the middle of nowhere on a wonderful hidden paradise away from cell phone service and people. I like to call it God’s country. I enjoy being somewhere, where I ca...

July 4, 2019

“I’ve become this happiness scavenger who picks away at the ugliness of the world, because if there’s happiness tucked away in my tragedies, I’ll find it no matter what.” 
― Adam Silvera, More Happy Than Not

I’ve learned a lot this week about truly finding the grat...

July 2, 2019

With the previous stories I’ve shared, I’ve not provided an introduction because each woman spoke for herself and told her story with only a little guidance from me.  This time is a bit different however, because the woman I have chosen passed away in 2016.  In this ca...

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