Meghan blogs about her ranch over at Husker Cowgirl. She has a wonderful about page that really gives you an insight to her life.
1. Tell a little about you and your operation. I live on a family owned ranch in south central Nebraska. My husband and I ranch with his parents. We have commercial and purebred Angus cows and also some dryland farm ground. We sell a few yearling bulls each year to local commercial cattlemen. My husband and I also buy steers in the late summer and background them until December.
I have a “day job” as a beef specialist for Aurora Cooperative. I love my job and the people I meet on a daily basis. When I get home from work, I change clothes and help take care of our cattle and horses.
My hobbies include photography, hunting, fishing, and riding and showing my horses. My husband and I are active members of Nebraska Cattlemen and NCBA. I am a 4H horse project leader. I also enjoy conducting horsemanship and ranch horse clinics for youth riders.
2. What made you want to start your blog? Those of us involved in agriculture really are a minority. With such a small percentage of the population involved in agriculture and food production, a large disconnect has grown between the American consumer and knowing exactly how food got on that plate. With social media being so popular, it’s not hard to spread a message – whether it is the truth or a lie. There are people and organizations that spread misinformation about agriculture and food production. This spread of misinformation is why I decided to take a more active role in AGvocating. The more people who blog, the more our story and message gets shared with others. As farmers and ranchers, it is our job to share OUR story. We know what’s best for our animals because we are the ones taking care of them 365 days a year, not someone who never has stepped foot on a farm or ranch!
My husband had a farm accident a few years ago where he cut some tendons in his hand and had to have a finger amputated. Throughout the trips to Omaha and doctor visits, we became good friends with Troy’s doctor and his wife. We invited them to our branding so they could see what exactly we do on our ranch. They left with a new appreciation of all the hard work that goes into producing each pound of beef that is on their supper table. I really enjoyed giving them a tour and spending the day with them. His wife asked me several times to start a blog. She enjoys reading my facebook posts and wanted to know more about what we do on a daily basis. I had wanted to start a blog but didn’t think I had enough time to start one. On a snowy day this winter I made time! I decided to start writing, and my blog was born!
3. What has been the biggest surprise since you started? or something you didn’t expect: The biggest surprise so far has been the number of people that read my blog. I really didn’t expect a large number of people to read it. I enjoy reading the comments people leave. I get a lot of compliments from my customers at work, co-workers and friends on what a great job I have been doing with my blog.
4. Where do you get your ideas? Most of my ideas have been coming from our daily activities on our ranch. There is never a dull moment, or a lack of things to do. I spend a lot of time driving during the day for my job , so I really don’t have a lack of brainstorming time! I have only been blogging for a short amount of time, but so far it hasn’t been hard to get ideas. I have some ideas for future blogs as well. If I get stuck on ideas, I will turn to current events for ideas to write about. I believe one of the most important things about blogging is to write about topics others either relate to or find interesting. As long as I write about interesting topics, my readership will continue to grow.
5. What obstacles have you met and how did you overcome them?
One of my biggest obstacles seems to be time to write, as I knew it would be when I started my blog. Between my job, helping Troy when I get home, and also riding my horses, it has been hard to sit down and write. With spring quickly approaching and the days getting longer, finding time to blog is not going to get easier either. But sharing my story is something I’m passionate about, and I will make time to write. During the week, I try to write when I get a spare minute, but sometimes it is hard to find the time. I try to write on Sunday evenings also. Sunday evenings are my time to relax, and writing is relaxing to me.
I encourage others who are thinking about blogging to start writing. It is a lot of fun to tell our story. What we think as just a routine day, others find fascinating and love to hear what we do!