Calving season...up before the dawn in the frigid weather to check on the cows. Saddling, sorting, pairing out, warming up, feeding, eating, one last check in the dark (still cold out) before you head to bed and do it again tomorrow. Sometimes you think you might head out the door only to meet yourself coming back in just like that Dunkin' Donuts guy ("I already made the donuts").
It's the sort of work that is challenging, back breaking, rewarding and heartbreaking all at the same time. Only those that have been through it really understand it. The long hours, the freezing temperatures, the total and absolute focus on just one thing: helping those baby calves come into this world and then stay alive in spite of the hardships that await them.
Sometimes people ask why we don't charge higher prices for the things we sell. They tell us we could get double what we charge for winterguns, medicine bags, or shotguns. Our headstalls and reins last forever and they are inexpensive. But when asked this question, our answer is always the same: "We want to keep it affordable for the working cowboy." So there you have it. It's not a crazy marketing scheme or some other ploy. Just high quality products made to last and priced to keep you going even in the most bitter, tough conditions.
Do you have any fun or crazy calving stories? We'd love to hear them! Tell us about them in the comments below!