How Do I Become A Rancher? – Part 1 – What to Expect

Northeast Wyoming is experiencing another
round with old man winter, this time in form of snowstorm they are calling Ezekiel. Ezekiel is forecast to deliver anywhere from
7 to 14 inches of snow, white out conditions and winds as high as 60 to 70 miles an hour
across the area. This storm is supposed to last until Sunday
night and I can guarantee you we will be digging out by Monday. Normally, I would be cursing a storm like
this, especially on a holiday weekend, but its actually pretty good timing, considering
what we have going on and planned for todays video. I’ll get to that but first let me tell you
about our email. I read every email that comes into us, I may
not get to answer every one, but I do read them. Sometimes I don’t answer an email because
I have a video coming up that might answer someones question, or at least I have a video
in my mind. I searched my email today, for the terms,
“ how to” and “rancher”, over the past couple of years I have received thousands
of emails, with the question, how do I become a rancher, or sometimes cattle farmer? So today I set out to answer that question. I figured if thousands are email me to ask
me, there there are many more who are not asking the question, but are thinking it and
you all deserve an answer. Theres and old joke, well I’m not sure if
it’s a joke but it goes, how to I become a farmer? The answer, marry a farmers daughter. Which is kind of what I did in a round about
way. Of course when Erin and I got married we had
no intentions of having anything to do with her step fathers ranch, in fact, her mom and
Gilbert got married while she was in college, so she had little to nothing to do with the
ranch up until the day we moved here. So, for me, it was just dumb luck, and really
when we came here, neither of us thought we would be here longer than a few months, just
long enough to help family get back on its feet. But life finds a way, and the best thing about
everyone’s journey is that its going to be different. We all have different goals, and the path
to reach those goals, for some may be harder, and for others, it may be as easy as taking
a phone call. So when I set out to make a video to answer
the question, how do I become a rancher. I knew I could’nt do it in just one video. So today marks the beginning of a series of
videos, all about how to become a rancher or cattle farmer. Every couple weeks a new segment will be released
and we are going to be taking a look at the different kinds of ranches, from hobby farms,
to feed lots, cow calf operations, to backgrounders. We are also going to explore the types of
land, and how much is required and how different regions can drastically change your ranch,
we are going to look at the animals, the equipment and probably most importantly the financing. I also encourage you to comment and send me
the questions you would like this series to answer for you and I will do my best. Make sure that you subscribe, and follow along,
hit the bell button and turn on your notifications and come along with us as we explore the ranch
life and escape the ordinary. So when we start taking a look at ranching,
I think that before you spend a dime, or too much of your time even, you need to know what
you are getting into. You need to know what to expect. This is a question I didn’t ask, and if
I had, I might not have ever came here, but what I want to do is take a look at some of
the difficulties of ranching, but also look at what you have to gain, and trust me, its
not in the pocketbook. So lets head out to feed these cows this morning,
the weather may be a great crap sandwich, but the cows still need to eat, and it takes
us right into my first point. No matter where you ranch, the weather will
always beat you down. I call it the great equalizer, but its one
of those things that you can’t let it know you are afraid of it. Multiple aspects of your ranch will count
on you, no matter what the weather is doing. The weather will always be your biggest challenge. It doesn’t matter if its rain, or snow,
hurricanes or drought. The weather will put you on your knees occasionally. Just like here, most people don’t enjoy
working outside once winter comes around. Construction work shuts down and we rarely
see anyone working outside that doesn’t have to. Unfortunately as a rancher, there is no getting
around the weather. If you have animals, you are going to have
to make sure they are taken care of, they are your responsibility. It can be a miserable job, but someone has
to do it and on your ranch, you are the only one to do it. For some people that is a wonderful thought,
the isolation of the ranch life, being out in the middle of nowhere, where you cell phone
doesn’t even have a signal, and if it does, you can pretend it doesn’t. Some people live to be alone, with just their
thoughts, but others need that human contact almost constantly. If you check your phone because you haven’t
gotten a text in the last ten minutes, that might be you. There are days where I can not see another
person all day long, only when I come home at night and get a chance to sit down with
family will I know what I was missing. Having a family can be hard on a ranch, I
speak from experience on this one, and the stress of knowing that, if you work the ranch
yourself, that its all on your shoulders can be incredibly hard. Hopefully you are lucky you have a some help. Someone who is willing to help you from time
to time, and take on their own ventures to help support the ranch. Of course always Remember the phrase, I’m
sorry for the things I said while we were working cattle. You will be saying that a lot. No one told me what to expect from the ranch
life, but the amazing thing is that at some point you realize its not just a job that
you have, it’s a lifestyle and while the possibilities are endless, you are also going
to have to make sacrifices and deal with a number of things that the average person may
never have to see in their lives. Everybody now days works long hours, but your
day will never quite end, even when it feels like it has. Your phone may ring in the middle of the night
and you find yourself half asleep, talking to a sheriffs deputy who is telling you that
there are bunch of cows out on the road and when you hang up the phone, adrenaline hits
your system like a rifle blast, and you are out the door before you realize that you aren’t
sure what road they are on, or if they are even your cows. Someday, you are going to have come home and
tell your family that the first cow that you had on the ranch, has died. Hopefully before you found her suffering,
but more than likely, you are going to have to look her in the eye as you end it for her. Theres stress on how to pay the bills, there
is tedious and monetinous tasks that seem to take forever, and there’s the fact that
you are going to watch friends take weekend vacations, riding in the mountains, snowmobiling,
or travel from here to there. You however, are going to be stuck on the
ranch, because even though you have neighbors who you know would be happy to feed for you,
you aren’t going to ask them to do it, expect once or twice a year. And when you take that vacation, the whole
time you are gone, you are going to be wondering what is happening back home, and worrying
about your gardens, you horses or your cattle. Because you can be in Hawaii, and find yourself
missing a snowstorm, wanting to see the cows, the ranch, and missing your life, your ranch
life. Its not just a job, and its not just a ranch,
its land that you hope you will be able to pass down to further generations, land that
you can use to support your family in a way that very few ever get to. Land that your kids will grow up on, and their
kids will thrive on, long after you are gone. You might be a cattle farmer or rancher right
now watching this, or you might be someone who lives in the city, working a cubicle and
wants out. You might be a cop on patrol, or even door
to door salesman. But I can tell you this, ranching and farming
is something that I rarely see people choose to do. You may ask me how do I become a rancher,
when the real question might be as simple as how to I find my ranch. Because if you are meant to be a rancher or
farmer, its out there waiting for you. You may not know it, but when it grabs you
and chooses you, picks you to take care of it, its then that you know why you sacrifice
to do it. There are a bunch of romantic notions about
being someone who takes care of land. We all have heard the term being a good steward
of the land, but really a steward is just someone who’s job it is to manage or look
after the land or property of another person. Who is that other person? For me, it’s the future, the kids, their
kids. When I have to go out and work on a day like
today, that’s what keeps me going. None of it is bad, the death, the stress,
or the weather. You want to ranch? No matter the scale you want to do it on,
its about hard work, physically and emotionally, its about taking care of the land and animals
first, a place where your word is often the only thing you have that is worth a damn and
it’s a level of compassion that you rarely find anywhere else. It’s a special calling, and one that might
be calling you. Next up in our series, we will take a look
at the types of ranching you can do and trust me, not every ranch is thousands of acres,
and you’d be surprised to find out that some of the most successful ranches, are actually
the smallest. Again subscribe so that you don’t miss a
thing and I really look forward to taking this journey with you. Comment with your questions, help others out
in answering them and we will see you soon, until then have a great week and thanks for
joining us in our Wyoming life.

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100 thoughts on “How Do I Become A Rancher? – Part 1 – What to Expect

  1. Great video Mike. A suggestion for ya. Watching ya cut that net wrap off the hay with your knife. In that hard blowing snow reminds me of the way I did it up to just last winter. An older guy was telling me how he does it. He has been at this ranching life for 50+ years and has a lot of good information. He took an old disc that a rock destroyed. Welded it to a pole. Then ya just reach over to the far side of the bale and pull it across. Keep it sharp and it will slice all the way across. Quick and easy. I like it. Speeds the process up just enough to make it all worth while. Catch ya in the next video.

  2. U don't get into farming for money it's purely for the love of it. U work 7 days a week 24hrs a day with different challenges every day. It can be a very lonely job when things go wrong but when things go right it's the best job in the world. Job satisfaction is the best from seeing a calf born from day one till the day it leaves the farm

  3. Thanks for sharing, well said. I have worked on a small farm, and it is hard. Helps to have others helping also, especially when you get sick. I have seen a lot of things, had nice times and hard times. Got to hot, and to cold, and enjoyed the warm times. Those that want to ranch, farm, will find a way, buying land, or renting and getting livestock. Being outside, seeing the sunsets, hanging out with the animals, is the nice part of farming.

  4. I have 20 acres that my grandma and grandpa give to me to see if I can continue on the family business. I have been living in the City but I want to help out. What will be the best Way to start off with cattle

  5. This will be good! Thanks, Mike, for the practical approach you're taking to this. Farming seems to be a hard industry because you pay the vendor's price for supplies, and receive the buyer's price for sales. No other industry has no control over profit margins. I'm interested to see what all you come up with in this series.

  6. This is going to be a great series. I always envisioned myself ending up on a ranch, but I ended up marrying a man that doesn't even want pets, or chickens.

  7. You did a good job of explaining it mike! But if those people wants to be farmers or ranchers which farmers and ranchers are just about the same thing, unless you have a feedlot then it's different;) but inerways there ganna have to consider and respect for the animals a's in for a zample if your cows can have babies don't just have them just because they can make you money.. you have to respect and consider the pain she goes through each and every year when she calves. Cuz I know there's lot's of people who has cattle don't respect and consideration for there animals when it comes to mother cow's having and raising there young til they get weaned. Cuz they need to look at it in a way not just for making money.. if they were a cow would they like to go through what cow's do. But that's my opinion I guess. So inerways again good video of that.

  8. Mike, this video hits home for a lot of people watching! As you explained there is an overly-romanticized version of being a "cowboy" that I'm sad to say isn't all that true. Speaking from experience, ranching and farming bring some of those most difficult and greatest days of your life. Sometimes they're in the same week. Bedding and feeding cows in a white-out blizzard or tubing a newborn calf in a rain storm isn't a hollywood cowboy life. Having to put down an animal that is suffering or watching a newborn calf die in your arms doesn't always make for a happy ending to a John Wayne movie! Watching the cattle market fall apart or a tornado hit can break your heart! However, watching your calves top the market at auction or watching a steer you showed bring home a trophy from the county fair can make it all worth while. Not everyone is cut out for farming or ranching! Nor should they be! If you want to experience a lifestyle that will consume every waking and sleeping minute, this is probably it.

  9. Win the lottery and ranch till the money's all gone is the dream. and now we know why over 90% of ranches in Colorado have gone what I call "Dude". they have city folk as guests and ranch as a sideline to make ends meet.

  10. Mike, as someone who got into the ranching business the exact same way as you did, (father-in-law passed away) I can relate, luckily for me my father in-law had hired someone to take care of daily needs during the winter as we live a few hours away from the farm and aren’t ready to retire. Sadly the profit margin is so low even for people like us that inherited the ranch debt free that we just couldn’t justify quitting our well paying jobs to ranch. So for now we run the farm from a distance and use up vacation and days off doing the work at the ranch until we can retire. We absolutely love the ranch life but until cattle prices go up I’m afraid more and more people will be required to have jobs to support the ranch vs the ranch making a living. Honestly I don’t know how you do it, I’m running a ranch about the same size as yours with about half the equipment ( so half the upkeep cost) and barely keep the taxes paid and the lights on, tip of the hat to you sir

  11. No truer words have ever been spoken about owning a ranch. I often miss the opportunity to farm but my Father saw a better way but deep down inside I still miss it

  12. I understand the part about not choosing. I ended up on a friend's farm through shear happenstance. I tended cattle, donkeys, goats and chickens. I loved every part of it, even those near zero days with snow on the ground or that time I had to chase down one of the cows with the gator. The livestock had to be fed. I had to break up ice in the water troughs. My friend and I had a falling out so I left the farm but I miss it to this day.

  13. Two things I learned in my limited experience at farming/ranching
    1: always expect the unexpected
    2: plan for the worst and hope for the best, the odds of success improve, sometimes by a lot.
    Question, is there a name for frozen cow pies. If not I'm going with "bovine frisbee's".
    Stay warm up there OWL familiy.

  14. Also the extra time it takes for you to get out of the tractor to set up the camera and get back in and hope the Wyoming wind don't blow the tripod over. Clear and a small breeze down here and 29 deg at 12:45 🙂 Thanks Mike. I hope the tractor has a heater that works 🙂 and the A/C too 🙂

  15. Great video. I miss my ranch life soooo much. Even when I think of feeding in a snow storm. I was so blessed to have grown up in that lifestyle.

  16. I lived on a small ranch, moved out when I was 10, we didn’t have equipment like that, how much does equipment like that cost, tractors and other things ?

  17. Great video mike 👍

    I have always thought & wished I had a small farm / worked on a farm .
    Well I stated asking around town to the local guys who needs help ..
    A little over a year ago I found a farmer in need of help .
    I worked out a deal with him , that I would work off my 1 st cow .
    I helped feed the cows , cut hay fix fence what he needed .
    Well he had a stroke shortly after I started helping him .
    Now I more less run his farm so his wife wouldn’t sell off all the cows .
    He did have to down size a lot tho
    He only has 15 & my 3 now on the farm .
    I enjoy everything but them late night calls there’s a cow out in the road ..
    I’m 15 mins from the farm so everything runs thro my head trying to get there ASAP .

    Just a suggestion to anyone that thinks they may enjoy sliding around in wet cow crap trying fix fence or help a new born calf stuck in the mud .
    Cutting hay in 98 degree heat .

    Find a farm to volunteer & soak in the info the farmer is welling to share with you ..

    I’m a lucky guy living a dream (part time )
    Learn something new every day & loving it ..

  18. Great video Mike. I can’t imagine trying to film some of that in the blowing and cold and snowy conditions in Wyoming.

  19. We called Henry a cattle rancher. :-l). Happy Day to you. First cow… So sad, I hate that. We learned that each calf that died meant food, clothes, broading school and stress. Congrats, I love your channel because I always learn something…and many times I laugh my fool head off and raise my endorphins. Now that's a win win. Merry Merry Christmas!

  20. What a great episode Mike I look forward to the rest of them I know this touch of so many people's heart haven't been raised on a ranch and been around the ranch most of my life you are 100% correct I look forward to the rest of the episodes

  21. I own 150 acres in central Kansas. 115 acres tillable and 35 acres creek bottom of which 10 acres are Black Walnut trees. My farm does not pay for itself. I subsidize my farm with my city job. My tillable ground is farmed by a renter on shares. I use a BCS 853 to mow and as a mechanical mule move logs on the tree farm part. I always have something to do.

  22. I follow a number of ranchers and farms across the United States and have concluded that when you have seen one farm/ranch, that you have seen only one farm or ranch. The land, weather and everything in the entire supply chain for your area is very different. The one site that I follow that I believe have some very good best practices for starting and keeping costs low is Greg Judy Regenerative Rancher who is in Missouri. Other ranchers follow similar practices with success. But for the beginner it is a good read. For experienced the rancher/farmer, there may be some tips to glean from any site. Also, don't forget to put together a business plan and research to know the industry very well. God Bless in your endeavors. I would be interested in hearing Mike's perspective.

  23. Mike I know you read these you have answered me back more then once so let me give you a song by Garth Brooks "the Cowboy Song " Pushing horns wasn't the easy life the movies said it was I don't recall no dance hall girls and hotels rooms with rugs you work hot and Tard and nasty you road your pony's head too lough and there were all those nights you couldn't sleep because it was too damn cold

  24. Have a young couple stay at your Air Bee and bee for a couple weeks and have them follow and work. Timing could be when Erin has the most work in the Garden.

  25. Great channel. Since all the usual questions are being asked let me instead ask why you folk in WY refuse to plant windbreaks around your homes? Never understood that, I would be driving along going to or from a hunting trip and there would be this house totally exposed to those gentle WY breezes, probably cannot light a candle in those places.

  26. Mike what you say is so true and the ranch is part of your life . At last for me anyway I at the end of life now but my dreams are still about the horses and cows as a young man.
    But our kids grow up and move away that don't like hard work on the ranch they like to set on there butt get paid and watch tv

  27. Mike&Erin… ranching in Wyoming is not for softies.. or city folks.. when the snows fly there they sometimes come hard and fast… bitter cold because of the blowing winds.. i sure do know firsthand about that fact as i got stuck one time on interstate 80 about to the Rock Springs exit.. for 13 & 1/2 hours until i could turn around and head back to Utah where i live. So ranch well my friend being out in bad weather isn't our first choice, but necessity demands us to do what other people aren't willing to do! God Bless and have an awesome Christmas. Thx for sharing your daily ranching experiences. Catch ya on the next video.

  28. I agree, the hardest thing to do as a first time rancher is to have to put down one of your very first cattle even after having the vet out! Only had cattle for a year and a half now, man has it been a learning process, but one of the best times of my life!

  29. Brilliant idea for a series. Really look forward to part 2. Smaller operation is my passion and I would love to hear your take on the managing and profitability issues. Keepbupnthecgood work on your videos. One of my new favorite channels for sure.

  30. Mike, I had family who dairy and grain farm. He brought in a person to help milk so they could take a short holiday.
    Day 3 he gets a call. The cows won't milk… Yep the cows didn't fully know the man and basically shut down. Quick trip back home. Never took a holiday after that. Cattle are quirky animals as you well know

  31. You need to alphabetize those license plates on the wall by state. LOL. How many states do you have anyway? What are you missing?

  32. I wouldn't know what to do if I go through a storm like that. My animals barely can get around. It's so cold but you will have to take care then pretty animals. Weather will take you through some trouble and problems. Thanks for sharing

  33. That moment you realize that cows,horses,pigs and dogs have more humanity in them than humans do. You might be a rancher! I love these videos! It's an escape from my life in the big city(New Orleans) and yes! I want to be a rancher!

  34. Hey Mike thanks for the great video I love ranching but don't live or work on one so your videos always cheer me up, keep up the good work.

  35. Great video Mike you may not have started this as the career you chose and you told us how and why you are doing it because you gave Gilbert your word you would do the best you can and you guys are doing a great job so far keep up the great job and the great videos have a nice day be safe all.

  36. Grew up in a city suburb but had big dreams as a child. My father's farm had been sold long before I was even born. Was working on a graduate degree in wildlife science when I came to the realization that although state or federal benefits would be good I wasn't going to make enough money to buy the dream and inheritance was not an option. Changed career paths and ended up with a M.D. behind my name. Now almost 35 years later my exit strategy has included two farms where I personally put up over 60 tons of hay this past summer, grazed our range land for 6 months this spring-fall and our cow calf herd has quadrupled in the past five years… Was it possible? Was it worth it? Hell ya!

  37. On days like today I go out and feed my cows in deep snow because they need me and We need them….A sense of being needed

  38. I remember when I was a small boy, standing on the front porch of my Grandmother's house, she said to me, One day all of this will be yours. Her words may be coming true in the near future. I am pushing 70. Your words about if you are meant to be a rancher or farmer, it will find you, they ring true to me. I love the land I grew up on. It's run down now, from when my ancestors first settled it; I would love to regenerate the grasslands, and the livestock that lived on it. I enjoy your videos and your sincerity. You are helping to preserve a way of life that is the best for raising kids, and for independence. Thanks.

  39. MIKE! please do an owl shirt with the “honey I’m sorry for what I said while we were working cattle”. That is perfect. Both my husband and I have said that 😁

  40. hi mike great video ,, farming has to be one best therapies in life ,, city folk or urban people dont have a clue about what farming really means to those that do it,,,its not all about the pay cheque, if it was farming would be thing of past centuries,, i farm 40 hectares in ireland i love me job ,,me cattle etc thats what me old folks taught me to do,,, its not about big six bedroom dormer house etc ,, two bank owned jeeps in da driveway …i keep it simple lifes short ,,,

  41. Well said Mike. Some of the times when I just didn't want to go out the door have yielded the greatest rewards.

  42. I really enjoyed cattle farm and ranch and we will call it I’m going to start a new farm in Tennessee it’s a small farm just 25 acres enough for me to have five cows but I watch your videos every day I really enjoyed them

  43. I have 5 cows now. Two heifers hopping they are bread.two steers to go to butcher in September 2020.and a 8 month old heifer. My barn is probably going to blow over the next time we get winds at 70mph again like yesterday.i was surprised it was still there this morning.the land I live on isn't ours.thats the part I just can't figure out is getting my own land. So if we figure that part out I'll keep growing my ranch but if not then my husband and I second choice is to get a boat and live out on the ocean for our later years. I'd prefer to stay on the land way out away from living out where my nearest neighbors are over two miles away.

  44. I look so forward to this series. I am a farmer at heart. Besides a few chickens that is the extent of my farming now. However I hope to have a "real" farm someday.

  45. I watch knowing I will not own a farm as I am a caregiver to my 92 yr old marine daddy. His father was a sharecropper who died at 54 in 1959. He never owned a tractor. He plowed with mule and plow. In sc 40 acres was planting in cotton and tobacco for income. Daddy is deaf and blind now. So I enjoy your videos so I can tell him about what life is like on a ranch in wy. He loved westerns. Ty for sharing.

  46. Weather can be very humbling to a farmer or rancher. When my dad was alive he used say you cant farm for today but always for tomorrow

  47. I took an apprenticeship on a dairy farm. Worked for room and board, learned a ton. It was tough, but you never went hungry and every day was fun. That's a great way to get into farming if you lack experience but show initiative!

  48. Hands down one of the best videos you have made. So many things that people don't see or want to see. Great Video Mike so truthful and informative.

  49. I loved it Mike! I said it before, you are a true ambassador for ranching and farming. Thank you for giving your own, honest depiction of the ranching life. Too many of the channels on here feature some young punk that has walked into a fairytale world of easy street. It is refreshing to see a genuine man's man that is working his butt off. Looking forward to the rest of your series and becoming a neighbor in your cold and unforgiving state. Haven't decided for sure if I want to be East or West of you. Leaning toward the East side more and more. Thank you for the effort you invest at entertaining us.

  50. 19: min. 400 – 600 # Heifers > $ 142 – 148.oo . Whats your Break-even ? plus feed/chores for the winter.

  51. Excellent explanation! Most people can't understand why I miss the harshness of Wyoming, but they have never experienced the peace that comes with the harshness, I didn't choose to leave it behind, strokes chose it for me.

  52. Thanks for the snow ❄️ on Cape Cod ! It’s creeping towards the east coast. Lol 😂 I 😊 love it and so does my horse!

  53. Many years ago I was a Foster Parent (to many children) one young man looked me up after graduating from High School. After several minutes of catching up he asked me "how do I become a farmer?" I first answered "win the lottery." Then we talked about the commitment and hours of work, then never ending lessons you must learn from you mistakes and your successes, the sacrifices and heartaches. I no longer farm, I no longer raise cattle. I could right a book as to why. I miss the cattle the most. When the dust finally settles on the WHY. I pray that I will once again have my, though be it a lot smaller, a life with cattle. Thank You My Wyoming Like.

  54. Good series! I enjoy watching your ranching work and the cows. Our place is 15 acres in the mountains. We have a small herd of Nubian goats and chickens, gardens and orchards. LOVE the life, even when I headed out in the snow and wind this morning to care for the animals with my trusty English Shepherd beside me. As I approach my golden years, I can't think of anything I would love to do more, growing soil and food.

  55. Greg discusses the profitability of 1000 lb cows versus 1400 lb cows — Greg Judy Regenerative Rancher

  56. No one in his or her sain mind would voluntary buy and start being a rancher. Now, if you inherit the ranch that is a different story. The start-up cost are millions. The return on investment is really ifffy.
    Having said that, the ranch life is romantic and filled with hard work and heartbreak.

  57. I guess Mike I have been asking the wrong question. I have tried to look, scoured the ad pages of The Stockman Grass farmer, the ag magazines and even tried a few connections from sadly, Craigslist. (They were scams). So, I am hoping in coming videos you might address the question, "how do I find my ranch?" I've been longing for the hard work and miserable weather because I know there are the moments which make it all worth the time and energy. I've worked on and around dairy farms, vegetable farms and cattle farms always looking and longing. Here is to hoping you can help. I've not yet given up the faith.

  58. More obvious question that has been answered many times…how do I become a millionaire rancher/farmer? Start as a billionaire!

  59. Wihle I watch this video all I do is agree with Mike as a small farmer who grew up in Maine and shows dairy cattle in the local fair. It's not the money that keeps me hooked but it's the bonds between me and the cow's I work with.

  60. I have found finding that foundation cow suffering is just as hard as deciding to send that foundation cow on the trailer to the auction knowing her fate. I had one I swear was going to die here, but knowing that would cause her more pain than shipping her and profit going toward bettering the rest of the herd, she went to auction!

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