Good fences make good neighbors

“Good fences make good neighbors” is a proverb Robert Frost popularized in his 1914 poem “Mending Wall”. People have argued the intent behind Frost’s poem, depending on whether they liked the idea of fences or didn’t, but one thing is certain, fences make a lot of sense when it comes to livestock. We’ve built a…

What are you feeding your bison?

If you’ve looked in our image gallery, you’ve seen pictures like the one at left of us giving the bison some type of feed. These pellets contain compressed vitamins and minerals and are commonly referred to as range cake or range cubes. Bison primarily eat grass. In the winter, grass is less plentiful and nutritious…

Mailboxes in the country

Do you ever wonder why when you’re driving in the country, you see mailboxes hanging off posts, misshapen or just sitting on the ground? As far as we can tell, mailbox abuse seems to be a part of country life. During the summer, the local paper is full of police reports of damaged mail boxes….

What’s in a name?

Every good ranch has to have a name. At least, that’s what my husband and I decided when we finally figured out we wanted to be bison ranchers. We polled the family and ended up with several possibilities: Bison in the names makes sense, but what’s with rocks and stones? Well, it turns out that…

Getting started in the bison business: A long and winding road

We’re late bloomers. After several school- and job-related moves, we found a place we wanted to put down roots and found a spot of dirt to put them in: In 2003, we bought farm ground five miles south of Paola, Kan.¬†There followed several years of house-building and -finishing (we’re still working on that part) before…