July 20, 2020

Ever since Weebeast was about 4 years old, he's attempted to claim every cow dog puppy that came our way.  It worked well while they were too small to go along with Husbeast on his daily rounds, but as they got older and he could take them with him on a daily basis, th...

June 26, 2020

The last batch of calves needed to be branded and we called on neighbors and friends to come up and help with the task.  It seems that no matter how we plan these things, there always something different that comes along.  Weather, where the cows are at the time, who c...

March 15, 2020

Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit on a panel with three other ranch women and answer questions from a group of teachers about our version of Ranch Life.  We started out by introducing ourselves and telling a little bit about how we grew up and how we ended up wher...

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...

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