The May contest theme is “ranch moms,” so we are looking for your best photo that captures what makes your mom, wife or grandma special. Entries will be accepted until noon on May 8. Email your photo to [email protected] to be eligible to win Beef Bucks. Be sure to include your name and address, plus your mom's name and what makes her special. One entry per person please.
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Here is a throwback picture of my mom teaching home economics. She raised 4 kids, took care of 200 laying hens, 100 fryers every year, 40 sows, 120 sheep, and 100 cows; had a huge garden and canned all our vegetables. She lost her youngest daughter (of 2) at the age of 6 in a freak farm accident. In an effort to ease the pain she threw herself into teaching home economics (her collegiate major) for a few years at the local country high school. She also served with the local USDA, FSA county board and volunteered at the nursing home a couple days each week after the other three children (including me) graduated from college. A real hard working woman who loved the Lord and worked side by side with Dad in the Eastern Texas Panhandle. After we left home she walked 2-4 miles every day through wind, rain, or snow to make sure she stayed in good shape. Born in 1921 and died in 2002 of brain cancer. -- Larry R. Meadows
In addition to being hard-working, my mom is fun-loving, too. We love family game night at our house. Happy Mother's Day, Mom! -- Courtney Nolz
This is a photo of my mom, Peggy, reading my children's book, "Levi's Lost Calf," to one of the stock show kids at the South Dakota State Fair. She is one awesome mom, and I know that when Baby Radke arrives, she's going to be an even better grandma. -- Amanda Radke
Here is a photo of all of us girls on a shopping trip. We did some serious damage at Hobby Lobby getting ready for my sister's wedding. This is one of my favorite memories with my mom. -- Kaley Nolz
One mom helping another mom that we lost with 2 small extra loving hands. Two loved babies. -- Stuart Fitzgerald
This is a photo of my mom Edith Galloway (she likes being called Edie) enjoying the view on a cool April afternoon at our farm near Whittier, North Carolina. Our place, with silo, is in the valley below with the background including the main range of the Great Smoky Mountains. Unfortunately, none of our Black Angus cattle were in the photo.
Mom is now 88 years of age and while mobility issues have slowed her down somewhat, she remains active and strives to always do more. As you can see from the photo, she loves our farm and has for several decades. -- Brian Galloway
My mother, Mary, is a very special person. She raised my sister and I on her own, while going back to school at Penn State to finish her Master's Degree and running our family farm. She has always been incredibly supportive of my sister and I, and attended every school function, 4-H meeting, and countless Horse Shows.
From 2009 to 2011, she volunteered as an Agriculture Advisor with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service and went to Iraq. She worked with Iraqi widows and children, helping to rebuild the agriculture infrastructure.
Her proudest accomplishment was bringing 4-H to Iraq, and helping bring together children from different religions and social classes. She was able to establish 42 4-H clubs during her time there. (I believe the current number of clubs is around 60 now.)
Here is just one of the many articles written about her:
I am so proud of her and all that she has accomplished, she has truly made a change in the world. -- Nicole Kerstetter
Lillian L. Arata, San Gregorio, CA, Arata Ranches, 81 years old, Mother, Grandma, Great Grandma. She doesn't tell us how to live our lives, she lives and shows us how. -- Justine McDougal, granddaughter
This is my wife Diann Yancey, her pet steer Piggie and dog Ted. Yes pet steer! Like any good Mom she finds time to spend with all of the kids. Happy Trails! -- Jim Yancey
My wife, Joanne, does 85% of the ranch work around here, as I have an off the farm job. I'm writing this as a tribute to my wife. She's the one who goes out to check on a first-calf heifer at 2:00 am and bundle up like an Eskimo and go out to feed in the sleet and snow. As of right now the feed truck driver door won't latch all the time and the truck has a manual transmission. (Picture this, when she turns right and going up a slight hill with the farm dog, which is a black lab, helping her drive.)
In the summer, she has no trouble hooking up the disc mower or the rake and heading out to the hay fields. But she won't run the baler yet, but I'm working on that.
After cows and calves are taken care of, she does find time for herself to do the book work, mow the yard, fix lunches and she also raised two wonderful
I can go on about my wife, but the gist of the story is she is a real ranching girl and not afraid of trying any thing new or let any thing stand in her way to get the job done.
I love and appreciate my wife and praise the Lord for every day I'm with her. If more men had this attitude towards their wives, what a better world this would be!
Thank you for this opportunity to express my feelings for my wife. -- Rick Howard
This is a younger photo of Diane Esplin. She now has 32 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. She is very special because she loves everyone and is always serving others. She remembers everyone’s birthday. She is not afraid of hard work. She gets it done. -- Stan Esplin
My momma, Tina, is special because she makes me do the right thing, and she is the best cook in the whole wide world! -- Macy Arney
The photo is a group of parents who took sheep showmanship to a whole different level. It is now the final class of the sheep show and everyone looks forward to it. All of these individual are hardworking farm parents who wanted their kids to see the lighter side of showing. The class listing is Open, adult showmanship...costumes are not encouraged or discouraged. -- Robin Starkenburg
14. Dad and mom stand for a photo after church on Mother's Day
15. Mom tends her garden on the prairie
This may not be a traditional mom photo, but to this calf, Avery is "mom." -- Ashley Kohls
This is Brandy and Mesa Shannon. this day we were mugging calves in a small barn because of rain. This little 5-year old barrel races, works calves and hangs out at the corral all day long. She's been coached by the best cowgirl mom. -- Patti Trabon
This is a picture of my mother-in-law, Carlene Burleson Long. Carlene has been in the cattle industry for 67 years. At the end of World War II, John Long Jr. moved his young bride from Pauls Valley, OK, to the Long family ranch located east of Sulphur, OK. While John worked for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service during the day, Carlene learned about the ranching business. Gradually, John and Carlene purchased land surrounding the original ranch and worked the two ranches together. Although she had advice and help during the early years, by the 1960’s, her daily duties included feeding cattle, counting cattle, looking for sick cows and lost calves. During the spring and fall she took her turn on the tractor plowing and planting. When winter came, she chopped ice in ponds to provide water for cattle. Summer meant fence building and repairs. She also learned how to pull calves, bottle feed calves and vaccinate. Through the years, she acquired the dedication and determination to become a true cattle mom. -- James Terry Johnson
This is my mom, Karla, with my baby girl and my two nieces. She is the best Nana and rancher! She helps my dad run the farm, cattle operation and keeps our family going! She started a blog called Beef Stew with a Twist! We think she is the best hands down! -- Kara Edwards
Sarah K of Rocking K Ranch -- Cass County Farm Bureau
I'm pleased to introduce you to my mom, Debora Whaley from Florida. Our mom is the ultimate Ranch Mom and wife. Mom has raised four children, and is now proudly the grandmother to four. She always made time to help us with homework and sports. Since I was a rodeo kid, mom and dad made sure I was hauled to rodeos throughout junior and high school rodeo. Mom was very active in our school functions and other civic organizations. Our Mom kept our home full of love and laughter.
Mom can work in the cow pens all day. After working cows all day, mom would have supper ready for us. Even after working cows, our mom can clean up and make sure she has on her earrings and lipstick and be that Southern lady.
Our mom taught us to love God and our country, to be respectable to our elders and treat others with respect. Our mom also taught us morals and values.
If there was ever a calf that lost its momma, our mom would feed it and raise it to be a self-sufficient creature of God. Mom actually has a calf in our barn right now that she is caring for. Mom has also taken in kittens, puppies and lambs if they were not able to nurse on their own. Mom takes care of our horses by making appointments with vets and the ferrier. She also keeps our horse registration papers up-to-date. Mom loves to mow. She can drive a tractor with the best of them!
You can always find a fresh baked cake or cookies in our kitchen. Mom loves to bake! Our holidays are always special because Mom loves having all of her family together. -- Laci Whaley
Jennifer is a great mom and loves to help on the ranch. She loves her cows and kiddos. She deserves some recognition as a great ranch mom. To her four-legged babies and her two-legged babies and everybody else that knows her, she is a very special lady who is loved by many. I never hear her complain and she always has a smile. -- Ashley Hotter
Here is a picture of my Mom and I working in the cow pens sorting calves to go to market. She is an amazing woman who can do anything! She creates things from scratch (such as food, clothing, furniture, woodwork) but also does manual labor that would put some men to shame (mowing, building fence, working cows, trimming trees, remodeling projects, etc). She gives all of her herself in whatever she does and is always the first to lend a helping hand. She is a true role model! -- Christy McIlwaine
Showing how to be a good mother, taking care of a Highland-Angus cross bull calf that needed bottle feeding for the first few days. -- Debbie Ackerman
My daughter and "Ranch Mom", Chandra Carr. In addition to being a ranch mom to my three grandchildren, she's a ranch wife with a job in town to pay for that all important health insurance. So, the irrigating, haying and feeding/working of the cattle comes before and after work or on the weekends. In addition, she still finds time to be a 4-H leader. -- Marlyse Cunningham
This is one of my all-time favorites of my mom, Fita, and my son, Jeremy. There is no better definition of a ranch mom than one who cares for the young stock and shares that experience with her kids and grandkids. In the photo you can see the love and care that she has shown the future generation. The life lessons from this ranch mom will live on forever. -- Jeff Witte
I am entering my wife Holly because she truly knows what it takes to be a mom and a farm wife. This pic is from Christmas morning. She volunteered to feed the calves wit our kids (witch is not her job) to give our employee the day off and show our kids how valuable our help are and show the kids it has to be done every single day. -- Dan Loew
This mother of newborn calves is Joann Umberger -- Greg Umberger
This is my mom, Jan, who has supported me and guided me through everything. I don't know where I would be without her. Love you, Mom! -- Shelby Radke
This is a picture of my wife Kimmel Dalley, along with friend Megan Skinner, my daughter Saydi, friend Kylee Skinner, and my daughter Naomi. This was after a long hot day branding calves. I love having a good ranch wife. I know I always have good, cost effective help on the ranch. Plus a great mother to our three daughters, great cook, fantastic partner, and some one who will always make the best of every situation. Just like in this photo. -- Christopher Dalley