Women in History- “Hussy”

In honor of Women’s History Month I would like to introduce one of our famous Women around here! Meet our little “Hussy”.  She is ranch legend and icon. We all know her by name and give her the due respect and caution. She makes history every year on the ranch!

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She has earned her name by always doing what she wants when she wants! She is one of those women who are always getting into trouble. She doesn’t care what the other cows and heifers think. She is not afraid of anything. She might charge or chase you if needed. She doesn’t even care what the horses think. She routinely breaks into the barn and steals the horses hay! She just bellies up to the hay bar and helps herself. She is a key player in the Bovine Women’s Suffrage movement. She is feisty and rowdy at times and always seems to find trouble. Even when she is in Bovine jail, she remains composed but fearless!

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Someone advised us to not sell our ugly cows because they are good producers of calves…… and she is ugly! But, she is the best momma. She produces a calf every year and guards it with all her fury. The first calf she had we named “Baby Huey” because he was almost as big as her and he would run from the dog and hide behind her. She would charge the dog every time this happened. We later noticed that “Baby Huey” was actually female. So her name is “Baby Henrietta” now.  Good thing the ranch went Bovine transgender not too long ago. Sometimes the cows pick their gender and sometimes we do! Baby Henrietta and Hussy are both still with us and consistently produce calves that grow into food for your tables.

She reminds me of the woman in the Ashton Shepherd song “aint dead yet”. The lyrics go something like “I got a baby at home, a to do list a mile long…….its my responsibility……. I am usually in bed by nine……. BUT I STILL LIKE A COLD BEER AND A LONG DIRT ROAD”. That’s our hussy! She’s got babies on the ranch and takes care of them because its her responsibility and she usually does what she is suppose to but she still likes some GOOD HAY IN THE BARN!

We love our Hussy, but in all seriousness there are some really amazing women in ranching history. If you have not had the chance to read Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie by Carmen Goldthwaite it is a great read. She talks about women in Texas Ranching history in a chronological order including ranching Giants such as the King Ranch Queen- Henrietta King. In addition to but not limited to Margaret “Peggy” MCCormick, Manuela Ramon and Patricia de la Garza de Leon. I hope you enjoy and would love your feedback on the read!

– C

It Takes a Village

You can’t always do everything yourself. It’s taken me a awhile to figure this out (mainly because I don’t listen.) Being out here on the Ranch has really opened my eyes to see that it really does take a Village to raise a family. Raising children, building fences, growing gardens, working cattle, and mucking horse stalls has honestly made me think about life in general, and how I want my daughter to be raised. We aren’t all perfect, but we are all perfect in our own way and when we come together to show our children how to be successful people, we become better ourselves.


I can’t teach my daughter everything, but I am blessed to be able to provide her with such a great support system that can teach her what I can’t. Luckily, Poppi can teach her to rope and Gramita(Leelee) can teach her to BE roped!

Sometimes you need your Gramita teaching you to ride…

And other days, you need your Poppi holding your saddle so you don’t fall!

It takes a village to build a fence in 20° weather with an 18 month old.

My point is, if you’ve got a village, keep them, and if you don’t, find one! Even if they’re a little off the beaten path, it’ll be okay! As long as the love is there you’ll have a child raised happy, smart, and LOVED!

I’ll be doing a monthly update from now on! Thanks for reading! **Sorry about the video, but if they’re gonna flaunting it, I’m gonna show it!!**

Transgender calves….??? 

This week at Farnash Creek Ranch we noticed one of our male calves sucking on a heifer’s titty. We DO NOT allow breastfeeding in public so we  immediately figured that he was sucking that titty because he really wanted to be a female calf instead of a male. We grabbed our gloves and equipment as fast as we could and threw him/her into the chute! Popi grabbed the scalpel, I grabbed the leg, and Gramita held the tail.  Popi then cut off his/her’s testicles! It seemed painless for him/her! We could see the happiness in this calves eyes, because finally he was a she! 

We have decided that at Farnash Creek Ranch our cows will tell us what gender they are and we will respect that 100% and do our best to accommodate our cattle! This coming up week we are doing at least 5 more ‘gender reassignment’ male to female! (Would be 6, but but one calve licked a ball and we guessed that meant that he wanted to keep his!)

It’s a hard life for cattle these days, but we feel that our herd will be happier picking there own genders! 

For everyone that is still reading: We did our 1st castration this week! Hopefully everyone got that I was joking throughout this post! We named him Cookie!

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Sunrise on the Ranch

It’s been a long week on the ranch. Popi has been recovering well, but we can’t keep him in the bed. We find him in the barn piddelin’ or looking for stray metal in the yard. It’s a full-time job looking after him, but we are grateful that he is doing better! 


Gramita has been taking control of the ranch this week. She rearranges the barn constantly, wakes up at 5am daily to feed and grain the horses, and started making cherry jam. She mows daily and we count the cows and calves every evening. 

Seydi has been very sassy this week, but she loves helping us water the dogs and horses (as long as she gets to play in the water!) she can’t wait until Popi gets to feeling better so they can play together! She doesn’t like seeing him in pain! 

We are waiting for the apartment in the barn to be ready. It was suppose to be finished last week, but they are a little behind. It will be finished soon, then we can start working on bigger projects. We have our rainwater collection system set up and are only waiting on the tank now. Next we will build a greenhouse and bigger chicken coop! Our project list goes on and on, but if you stick around I’ll update everyone on our newest projects and ideas.  

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Roundin’ up the Herd 

We started this week by rounding up some of our calves and tagging them! Gramita was looking like a professional this week! (Her books and YouTube videos are paying off!) Guess I can’t call her a weekend rancher anymore! We had to step up our game this week. Popi has been out sick! (That’s why I’m posting late.) He is doing great now though and will be back to hisself soon! Until then it’s just Gramita and I running the ranch! Here are some pics from this week!

Pumpkin Takeover!

This week it seems like our pumpkins plants, that we grew from seed, are taking over the garden! They have tripled in size this week and are full of blooms! 

We had a small thrunderstom at the beginning of the week. I’m pretty sure that contributed to the size of our pumpkin plants, too! I love storms out here on the ranch! 

There was a photo shoot on Sunday for baby Seydi! She was diggin’ it! This sassy girl was made for the camera! 

Saw a few of our sweet calves today! They are growing fast! 

Well that’s about it for this week! Next might be more exciting! Hopefully we get a few more additions! I’ll keep everyone updated! Thanks for reading! Follow us on Instagram @Farnashcreekranch and subscribe to this blog!

Keep moving forward and be open to change!

New Addition and Summer Fun!

Zans Double Parr a.k.a. Cisco is our newest ranch addition! He is a male Palamino. He stands about 15 hands tall, four years old, and loves working cows! We got ourselves a catch! 

We’ve had a few injuries this week too! First, Cisco got caught in the fence on his first day here. Next, Clause got a snake bite. They are both doing great and Clause is all smiles after we wrapped him up! Thanks to the vet for all of his help!

Summertime ready! We have our cattle trough pool up. We put pool noodles around the edges and a few chlorine tabs to keep it nice and clean for the hot summer days! Baby Seydi will be having so much fun! 

Happy Fourth of July! We are about to have a long night of fireworks and quality family time! Everyone be safe, open to change and always move forward! Check us out next week for more updates! Subscribe and follow us on Instagram! We love sharing our story!

Gettin’ tagged!


Baby Buttons got her first ear tag today! She was very timid, but she will get used to it soon! This is the first time we’ve used our Priefert shoot on the calves! It worked great! 

We may have been a little underdressed for our impromptu tagging session, but at least the job got done! 

Gramita even had time to mow with Baby Seydi on the mower! Future rancher right here! 

All in all, it’s been a great week here at Farnash Creek Ranch! Right now we are getting our rain water collection system set up, having one of our steers processed, and getting the barn apartment finished up. I’ll give updates and pictures when our when we get it all finished! Updates are every Wednesday! Subscribe to our blog and follow us on Instagram! #opentochange #alwaysmovingforward

Farnash Creek Ranch

Well, Farnash Creek Ranch just got a blog! Yay! We are so excited to share our story with everyone! FCR is a cattle ranch in Hamilton, TX. We are on a journey to build our ranch and share our daily life with everyone who wants to know! I guess this first post should be the introductions. First, we have our Popi. He is basically the “boss man.” Popi does everything and you’ll rarely find him sitting down on a break. He is our handyman, chicken killer, fence builder, porch builder, and professional Ranch Rambler maker. Popi is married to Gramita. Gramita is our planner, do-er, idea-Woman, organizer,and our wine connoisseur. Next, we have Baby Seydi. She is Popi and Gramita’s very first grand baby. She is our cat chaser, dirt eater, morning cuddle-er,and (when she doesn’t have a nap) our hair pulling, screaming, scratcher and pincher. Lastly there is me! I guess I’m the normal one…. Just kidding! I am the self-appointed Ranch Manager of the family. I am Seydi’s mom and Popi and Gramita’s daughter. I basically try to talk them out of most of the more strenuous chores that we have, (but they always win!)

Let’s not forget the animals! Chip (Chocolate Chip) is our oldest puppy dog. He is a chocolate lab. Bindi is a Australian shepherd mix that was found. She makes sure all the cows get barked at on a regular basis. Last, but not least is Clause, he is a springer spaniel/ blue lacy (state dog of Texas!) mix. He is our newest addition. Born on Christmas and is a cow-barker in training. Cat-Man-Do is our kitten. He’s pretty chill and spends most days running from Baby Seydi. Next up are the chickens. Three hens, two roosters, and 1 guinea. The hens and guinea all lay eggs! We get around 4 a day! The roosters are getting ready to be processed! Sugar, Crowe, Rodie, and Cody are our horses and they ALL have big personalities. Lastly, we have the cattle. Big Chief is our bull (all the ladies love him), 4 steers, 28 heifers, and 12 calves. Oh! AND TINA! She is our “Corse,” her mother was impregnated too early and Tina was born very small and short. Its been a year and she still looks ‘calf-like.’ So, we let her stay in the pasture with the horses!

Well, this is us! We aren’t perfect and we are still learning! Hoping to grow and expand one day, but for now we are taking it one day at a time and enjoying our simple, fun, happy life! I hope everyone enjoys us!

Now that the intros are over next will be more “farm-ranch” related. I’ll keep everyone updated on our projects, plans, gardens, and just funny stories to we accumulated throughout the week! See ya’ll next time and remember to always be open to change and keep moving forward! Check us out on Instagram! @farnash_creek_ranch

-A

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