July 2007 Issue 20
Purebred Tarentaise Cattle
Miami, Oklahoma


Thank you for your interest in our Tarentaise Cattle, our operation, and the business of ranching in general.

This UPDATE will include the following:

1. January Ice Storm,
    March Freeze
2. June Rain
3. July Flood
4. Haying Challenge
5. Thriving Cattle
6. On the Move

Ice Storm, January 2007


It's the middle of January 2007 and the weather man sure got this one right. 

We have had three huge waves of freezing rain and sleet that has crippled the entire state.  130,000 homes in Oklahoma are out of electricity.  Everything is covered with 2-5 inches of ice!

Our cattle have been anxious but surviving.  We have good hay and water running in the streams and ponds. 

The ice is hard on their feet, bleeding when they walk as the ice cuts.  The noise of the crunching ice frightens them.  They are scared by the truck tires breaking the ice on the grass, by the branches falling from the trees, and even by their own walking.

...click here to see ice pictures


then...just when it warmed up with plenty of moisture, Mother Nature hit us in late March with 3 days of a crippling freeze. 

Most of the wheat crop in our area was killed, forage grasses turned brown, all the buds and new tree leaves died. 

Little did we know that was only the beginning...

June Rain


It has been very rainy this June.  Setting records everywhere.   Most consecutive rainy days, most rain in the month of June.  We are avoiding the serious flooding which is happening all around us at the moment, but here is a typical gully washer.

...click here to see some unusual rain photos and some GREEN country.

July Flood


We had been in a flood warning for 7 days because of the amount of rain and saturation of the ground.

Then Kansas received an overnight drenching of 8-10"s in an area that drained into our Neosho River.

Our town flooded.  Our second worst in history.

City officials said as many as 1,500 to 2,000 people may have been evacuated from 500 homes and 30 businesses that flooded.

...click here to see incredible flood photos


Haying Challenge


Rain makes for lush beautiful grass. Rain also makes for frustrating and almost nonexistent haying.  Might as well not even try, unless you are considering silage.

Just this week, we have done some serious haying, but we got rained out this afternoon.

..click here for haying photos


Thriving Cattle


Our Tarentaise cattle are weathering this summer out with ease.  Our ranch location and weather circumstances have not bothered them at all.

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On the Move


This has been the summer of moves.


This is definitely a year for the record books!  Have a great summer.

Chris and Sandy Ankenman
Bill and Betty Ankenman
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