This past week, Janice Pearson @jplovesCotton, was tweeting that she’d like to ag people participate in her nephews ‘Flat Stanley’ project with his second grad class. If you’re unfamiliar with who ‘Flat Stanley’ is check it out here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Stanley
Stetson and I thought it would be interesting for Stanley to follow Stetson while he does his morning feed route. 15 miles :) Below is the info we sent and pictures of Flat Stanley and the fun he had while being a rancher for a morning on a feed route!!
Good Morning to Jake and Ms. Rorie’s entire second grade class. I was so tickled that Jake’s Aunt Janice wanted to send Flat Stanley to different agriculture based places. We are a cattle ranch in the Western edge of the Nebraska SandHills.
The Sand Hills are the largest grass covered sand dune area in North America. They are also located above one of the largest under ground water aquifers in the the world called the Ogallala Aquifer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogallala_aquifer
The grass these Sand Hills grow makes fabulous feed for cattle and horses. Our water is easily pumped from the ground because of the Ogallala Aquifer.The Sand Hills we live by are very large and are very tall, almost like small foothills in the mountains but made of sand. :) We can go sledding and sometimes with enough snow we can go snowmobiling. That is great fun.
http://maps.google.com/ Ostrander Road, Gordon, NE.
We live 32 miles from the nearest town and it only has 1800 people living there. When I go to Wal-Mart I drive 80 miles, that’s a long ways. Our nearest neighbors are 3 miles away. Because not many people live out here we see lots of animals. We have white tail deer and muley deer, pheasants, grouse, owls, coyotes, rabbits, and the list could go on. We raise cattle and have a momma cow herd of about 400 cows. We also have year old cattle in the summer called yearlings. Our baby calves are born in the spring and get to live with their moms all summer. I raise Quarter Horses and we have colts in the spring also. It’s a great time of year to see all the young livestock playing.
We had a blast putting these shots together and figuring what ‘Stanley’ could do next!! THNX!! to Stetson who was a great sport, but I did open all the gates for him!! :)
Well, I hope you got to see that Stetson has a big job to do each day in feeding cattle and horses. He does this when the weather was beautiful like today and also when it’s bitterly cold like two days ago when it was 0 degrees and the wind was blowing making the wind chill -25. I think Stanley liked to ride along with Stetson and get to help me open the gates. We saw some grouse and pheasants but didn’t get a picture. We also saw some deer but they were a long ways off. We love raising cattle and hope you enjoyed getting to see what Stanley got to do.