January 2011 Issue 27

*|Fname|* *|Lname|*, thank you for your interest in our Tarentaise Cattle, our operation, and the business of ranching in general.

Enjoy this mixture of business, art and life.


Leather gloves are a wardrobe staple. Looks like this year's pair is on the road to retirement

Getting the Job Done in "Style"


We had a very wet fall. Chris is standing on our sidewalk and the lawn grass is a foot deep with about 1/4' of morning dew.


In order to keep his pants dry, he rubberbands his pants to the top of his boots.


When the mushrooms get as big as your hat, you know it's been wet fall.

AA U-Con, Featured Bull


Born in the Spring 2008, U-Con is a settling in to be a solid member of our team! This bull is very attentive and aware of the activity in his breeding group. He walks out well and fluidly.


U-Con sounds the chore bell each morning with a rumbling growl that alerts the whole group to come eat.

So...my first try at following 3 heifers from birth to motherhood has ended abruptly. The first heifer is in Iowa. The other 2, Xena and Xing have gone to live in Kansas.


One thing about it, a new baby is born here every 6 months and we get to dream anew! I will pick 3 more this spring.

Mothers in the Making Move On!


We started a new feature this summer on our Facebook page that follows 3 heifers per calving season into a mature cow in our herd.


Our goal was to be honest, but I didn't expect this.


A long standing customer came to our ranch and offered to purchase a large volume of heifers at a great price. What do you do? Take his offer!



Truck to Iowa


Click here to go to our Facebook discussion on the topic.

The ranch had 6 sets of twins this season.

Don't look away, not even for a Second!


This little "stealer" was hungry and he had just teetered around and stumbled upon a bag of warm milk.


He was a twin, but not to this cow. But in his favor, this cow was a first-calf heifer who would let anybody nurse and her calf was obviously distracted.

Chris and Sandy

The Real Ranchers


This is the real us.


Chris had just caught Cinco (the retired barrel horse) to run in a set of sale heifers for potential sale.


Sandy had just returned from a morning of feeding with her father-in-law, Bill.


Ginger, the red border collie, disliked being held, but was otherwise too timid to be in a picture. Plus, she was growling at our daughter's dog who DID want to be in the picture!

Missed Photo Opportunity, but a Great Story

Sometimes, I miss the photo, but the story is still classic.


Trouper, a 3 year old bull, got his head stuck in the hay ring in the bull pasture behind the barn. Really stuck.


How do we get him out without hurting him and endangering our own life?


Plan A

Use the 4-wheel drive John Deere tractor.


Surely if Chris could lift and move the ring at different angles, the bull's head would slip out.


Nothing doing!


Plan B

Use the tractor to move the hay ring, which moves the bull about 300 yards through 2 gates, across the lawn and up to the house where we have access to electricity.


So...in the spot where my car parks, instead, there is a bull with his head in a hay ring.


Using an electric angle grinder, one loose bar is all it takes to free the bull.


Plan C

Now what!

The bull is fine, just fine, but he is free in the yard. In fact, he immediately spies the heifers, crosses the lawn, roots up some hedges, and butts the tire swing.


Back to the buggy-whip and yelling technique of getting him back in the bull pasture.

Colorado Elk


On a summer visit back home to Colorado, my Dad and I drove upon a grazing herd of cow elk.


Notice the grazing cattle across the valley on the hillside.

Ankenman Ranch has a Facebook Business Page.

Don't forget to join us on Facebook. Why?

  • Interact with us on a more causal basis.
  • Ask questions
  • Share stories
  • Upload your own photos.
  • Give your input on discussion questions.
  • Be part of the growing community of cattlemen on Facebook.
  • Do it for free!

Come Join us!

Heifers for SALE!


Our next set of heifers were born September and October 2010. They will be weaned in April and ready sometime in June.

Speak for yours today! ...sample of last year's heifers...click here.

Wishing you great colors and great looking cattle.

Chris and Sandy Ankenman
Bill and Betty Ankenman


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