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A Family Day at the Ranch

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Family, Life, Ranch | 3 comments

A Family Day at the Ranch One of the challenges about being a first generation ranching family in California is the lack of available land!  As much as we’d love to paint the picture that we lay our heads down right next to the rolling hills where our cattle are out peacefully grazing, this is not the reality of our life!  We lease all of the ranches our cattle graze on, and with pasture land becoming more and more limited, we must take what we can, which often times can be far away. You may be reading this wondering, why is this important? It simply adds another component to what we do.  We know our customers and followers enjoy getting a glimpse into what we do and how we do it, so the idea of blogging about a “family day at the ranch” seemed like a good idea! When we started Open Space Meats, we had 1 child who was 18-months old.  Whenever Seth, the head cowboy, had to head out to the ranch to do things, we’d pack Henry up in the truck, he’d sleep the whole way there, and we would spend the day at the ranch.  We’d bring a picnic, check cattle, fix fence, etc., and when we were all done, we’d head back to our house in Newman.  As the years have come and gone, so have various leases and ranches.  We’ve added two more children to the mix, considerably more cattle, and gratefully, many more customers!  As many of you know, the more people in your family, the more activities there seem to be and free time seems to grow smaller and smaller!  So now, a family day at the ranch isn’t quite so common place. This past Saturday we were blessed with the opportunity to go out to the ranch with Seth.  It is off-season for everybody’s sports, there weren’t any birthday parties to attend or family events we needed to be at.  And thankfully, nobody was sick!  So we took advantage of this moment, as well as the beautiful sunshine and packed up the family!  Here’s what that looked like.  The kids and I stayed at the house and packed a picnic lunch, finished up chores, and other miscellaneous items, while Seth drove to the office to get our ranch truck.  He had to pick up the 4-wheeler, load it into the ranch truck and then head back to the house for all of us!  We moved car seats into the pick-up, loaded up 3 dogs and everyone’s necessities and we were off!! It takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to get from our house to the ranch in Catheys Valley.  It was a beautiful drive, the sun was shining, the skies were blue and for the first time in several years the grass has a green tinge to it!!  One kiddo napped the...

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