The other day, I told you how Darrin and I go on a “date” when we feed the cattle. But what I didn’t mention is there’s a whole day’s worth of work ahead of time just to prep the food he feeds the cows. I know! Sounds crazy to me too. You would think cows simply eat hay. And all one would have to do is cut the twine off the bales of hay and… dinner! Nope. Darrin grinds the hay first. And this always makes me laugh. Here’s why.












He scoops up the bales and drops them into the Hay Buster Big Bite hay grinder tub. And when the hay hits the dozens of hammers in the tub, it spews hay dust into the air like a giant green genie coming out of his bottle.



I laugh because on these days, I always wonder what people driving on the nearby freeway think. Does the passenger wife say to the driver husband, “Honey, is that hay on fire? There’s green smoke coming from that ranch over there!!!”

Once the hay is chopped, Darrin dumps it into the feed truck and mixes it with molasses and fruit loops. He says you have to grind the hay first for it to mix up good in the feed truck. I say THEY ARE COWS! Let them eat baled hay! What ev! We agree to disagree on many things.

So when he finished scooping up enough chopped hay to feed the cows their breakfast (and yes, he will feed them dinner in about 7 hours), he took a little extra time to create this… The Matterhorn. 20121210-215008.jpg


He texted me a picture to show off his artistic ability. AAAHhhhh ranching humor. You know what I think is funny? I brought him a super food smoothie and it looks EXACTLY like what he feeds his cows!!!! That’s San Francisco wife humor!!20121210-213331.jpg











About Wendy D

I was born in San Francisco and ended up marrying a rancher in Reno, Nevada. I have a big city job anchoring the 5 o’clock news but come home to the country where my husband’s family has ranched for 5 generations.

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