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Snow has definitely arrived in Helena


Finally, we get a decent snow on the ground here in Helena. There’s been a good 12-18″ of snow during the past week, most of it still on the ground, what hasn’t blown off. We’re supposed to reach close to freezing tomorrow before another 6-10″ hits us with temps dropping 20-25 below zero. And oddly enough, I guess it’s still novel enough to me that I’m just fine with having the snow and cold around!

Not everything is ugly in the snow. Just don't walk under the roof eaves on days like these.
Not everything is ugly in the snow. Just don’t walk under the roof eaves on days like these.
And yes, Arkansas family, we still go to work in Montana with a fresh 8 inches of snow on the ground.
And yes, Arkansas family, we still go to work in Montana with a fresh 8 inches of snow on the ground.
Many roads in town haven't seen a plow. This is one of the main roads. Just fine to drive on when you take your time.
Many roads in town haven’t seen a plow. This is one of the main roads. Just fine to drive on when you take your time.

This winter has had far more sunny and clear days compared to back home in the South. And I am alright with that! It spurred a little Spring cleaning in the office yesterday. These three items ended up on my desk and there’s a story behind them all.

advocacy awards

The award is from my trip to D.C. last December. The buckle is a recent award from the ‘I Love Farmers’ advocacy award earlier this month. But the duck call. I’ll let you stew on that to figure out the story behind it. I’ll give you a hint though. Instead of staying “Duck Commander” on it, the print says “Beef Commander”. That story coming up soon.

 

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It’s not a trip home without…


Last week I had the opportunity to make a quick trip back to Arkansas to see family and friends. It was my first visit since Christmas and it seems like 5 days flew by entirely too fast. With every trip home growing farther apart these days, I always have a brief list of things that must be accomplished:

  • Visiting with immediate family and grandparents that live in town
  • Enjoy some good homemade meals
  • Spend time working with my dad around the farm and auction barn
Always nice to see some views like this of our bayou bottom pastures
Always nice to see some views like this of our bayou bottom pastures

This trip included every one of those aspects. My family, grandparents, and a few cousins came over to the house for a great meal where my dad grilled burgers and we had all the fixings. My parents made sure I had a few more fulfilling meals through the rest of the week as well.

My family's cattle auction is packed most Tuesday afternoons with farmers looking to increase their herd numbers
My family’s cattle auction is packed most Tuesday afternoons with farmers looking to increase their herd numbers

I had the opportunity to go to work with my dad for a few days. Our cattle auction is on Tuesdays, so most of our work usually surrounds that to-do list. This usually includes hauling in cattle for farmers who are selling a calf crop or entire herd that week, along with feeding some of the stocker cows and calves we keep around.

My dad hires out cattle haulers when we have large groups of cattle to move
My dad hires out cattle haulers when we have large groups of cattle to move

For this visit, we had to make a trip to Northeast Arkansas to haul cattle for a farmer who was selling out his entire herd. A few years of drought, combined with high input costs, and appealing auction prices have made this sort of trip a common occurrence.

What made this hauling trip a little different was that we were headed to Goobertown. Most folks may think I’m pulling your leg, but no, really. There is a town just outside of Jonesboro called Goobertown. Travelers even make it a regular stop to pick up the infamous t-shirts.

Yes. it's a real place
Yes. Goobertown is a real place

What must-haves are on your list for every trip home?