Featured Farmer: Kay
at 4R Ranch
blogging since Jan. 2008
1. Tell a little about you and your operation.
My husband and I purchased our farm 1996 and then built a house and moved here 3 years later. We have since been able to purchase additional land and we now have about 500 acres. We run 180 head of beef cows and retain ownership of the calves when we send them to a feedlot in Nebraska. We have about 40 nanny goats that are uses for brush and weed control and we sell the kids in the fall. We also have 7 horses that we train and ride in a variety of activities from showing to endurance riding. Our 2 girls have been in 4-H showing horses and cattle. Both were on the State 4-H horse judging team. I also work part time as a small animal vet.
2. What made you want to start your blog?
I had a friend that sent me her blog link in a Christmas card several years ago. I really didn’t know anything about blogs at the time. When I looked at hers it was all about knitting and quilting. I thought our farm activities would be just as interesting if not more so. My husband said, “you can do that.” So my daughter set up the account and we were off. I also thought it would be an excellent way to keep in touch with family and friends and let them know what all we were up to. It has also come in handy as a farm diary of sorts, I can go back and see when we did things in the past.
3. What has been the biggest surprise since you started? or something you didn’t expect:
I don’t think I really expected to be doing it this long. February will start my 7th year. My family is amazed that I can come up with so many different posts.
4. What is your favorite post and why?
With 1200 posts I don’t think I can pick a favorite one. I guess I really like the ones that include my family for obvious reasons but I also like the ones pertaining to training my horses. I enjoy going back and seeing how much progress we have made.
5. What obstacles have you met and how did you overcome them?
A couple of years ago I ran out of space for pictures on my account. I then started an account with photobucket but it was too cumbersome to use easily. After much complaining and a little research I found out how to decrease the size of the photos and continue with my same picasa account.
Visit Kay’s blog at 4R Ranch. And say Hi.