@amyohfotos — 📍Northwest Montana
The sweetest little girl born on Saturday. We love her mom so much. She was one of our original 10 cows that first came to the ranch three years ago and has always been one of our best. Happy to have another heifer from this mom who will stay with our herd all of her days 😊 #missionmountaincattleco
Spent the weekend collaborating with these amazingly talented creatives, @andrewbydlon and @kokody. Never did I think I’d have the opportunity to share our goals and mission out here at the ranch with the compelling content as I’d dreamed. But Andrew and Kody didn’t just believe in our potential this weekend; they jumped in to help us realize our potential. Thank you, friends. Excited to see what’s to come! 🙌🙏 #missionmountaincattleco
Came out just a bit early this morning and all our expecting mommas were bedded down, chewing cud. What a content sight. Usually they are down by the gate waiting for me to let them out to pasture for the day. Routines have really worked well for low-stress management with our herd. Be it like now during calving season or daily moves during our intensive, rotational grazing in the summer. Free-choice bales are supplied down below for the rest of the herd: pairs, mommas and babies who have already calved, and yearlings, both heifers who were born last year and will have their first baby this time next year, and steers who we keep for almost two years and will finish on grass in our meat program. #missionmountaincattleco
We were on a roll there for a week. It seemed like all the ladies were droppin’ babies. I guess the snow helped. Now? Nothing. Nada. The big wait, and we’re not even half way there. We have some good looking cuties though, some of them pictured. And someone please get me that sign in the last photo for my barn! 👌
Dad Day yesterday ❤️ He was at the ranch just one day this round, and we spent all of it side-by-side working our asses off. From early morning sorting cows to tractor maintenance, to finally fixing the mailbox that got plowed down months ago, to rerouting fence line in still-frozen ground (5pm chore beers for that one), and all the little fixes in between. I loved it. Dad will always say, “Look up!” meaning to stop what you are doing and slow down enough to acknowledge the goodness that already surrounds us. The Art of Gratitude. There are many parts of ranching that I have fallen in love with, but creating this work ethic with family tops the list. 🙏
I’ve been back in MT a couple weeks and find myself missing our Bay Area tiny home. Dan and I have been there for two years now, and as you can see, we’ve (okay, I’ve) filled almost every corner. For several years prior Dan was living on a sailboat in a marina and I rented a converted shipping container in Missoula, so we aren’t exactly new to the lifestyle. It’s simple and sensible. This little one was well built by a German engineer in Berkeley.
A weekend well spent. We drove to our favorite coastal town up north, Mendocino. We stayed at our most favored B&B in an old water tower with a cook stove, and brought the trusty cast iron to make dinner and snuggle down while the rain poured. Woke up to sunshine and drove back to the city via Route 1 (even caught a whale sighting - my first!) I leave for Montana on Friday tending to the cows and ranch till summer, so this was a perfect, slow last weekend with my two special boys. ❤️ #sirlouisearle approved
Highly recommended to visit friends you haven’t seen in yearsss - hug the necks, crash in that extra bedroom, and meet those freaking adorable babies. I flew to Texas and house hopped last weekend. What an amazing experience to see old friends create beautiful families. I’m spending a bit more time in Texas these next couple years as I am now proudly a new mentor to a bright young student (last photo) in the TCU BNSF Neeley Leadership Program. This program had such a powerful influence on me during my undergrad, so I jumped at the chance to get back involved. Let me know if you’re in the DFW area and would like to meet up next time I’m in town! 💜
A chip fell on the floor today. A chip! Your favorite! For eleven years I’ve braced myself for the inevitable chaos of you popping up and plowing through anything to get that one piece of glory on the floor. I would always respond with some kind of, “Louis, you pig!” But today you stayed in your bed. Your ears and nose knew it was there, but you stayed. It hurt a little. As you age, priorities are shifting. But I know you. I know the meaning of your grunts and sighs; every twitch of the ear a question, every side-eye a statement. And we are adapting. As I now always lift you in and out of the car, I will always, as I did today, grab that chip and bring it to you, my sweet boy. 💙 #sirlouisearle this past weekend in Mendocino, his favorite coastal town
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my best friend! ✨ He just wrapped up a *three week* Euro trip with my family. Even proudly wore the tabby socks my mom knitted him for Christmas. Pretty lucky girl right here. I think Luca said it best one night at our last dinner together, “Dan, I lub you.” This is a going to wonderful year for you! 😘
January 1st, 2019: Zugspitze. I had to keep reminding myself to pause, look up, and take it all in. Located at 10,000 ft above sea level, Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. The ski area is located on a glacier(!) in the Alps on the German-Austrian border. It was socked in the entire week during our stay in Garmisch until the last day...blue bird. Great way to start the new year!