Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Welcome to the Feedyard!

Have you wondered what it is like in a feedyard where thousands of cattle are kept and fed? We have a feedyard just a few miles from us and it is run two brothers and their families are vitally important to their feedyard and this community. I am good friends with one of their wives, Nicky, and she wants to get the word out about Life in a Feedyard, so I asked her to do some guest blogging for me!  I think you will be interested to know that even though they have employees and it is a business, it is still a family and the cattle receive excellent care so they are happy and healthy in a feedyard. We do feed our steers at this feedyard, so it still fits in with my "Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch!" So watch for Nicky throughout the next year as she writes about her life as a wife, mom and a cowgirl, and sheds some light on what happens in a feedyard. --Debbie.

Hey there!  I’m Nicky Tiffany.  I’m a wife and stay-at-home mother of 4 (all under the age of 7).  We too, live in rural Kansas.  However, we own and operate a 15,000 head feedyard- Tiffany Cattle Company.  Out of our east gate you can gaze upon miles and miles of pristine native Flint Hill grass and from our west gate we see perfect rows of fertile farm ground.  I honestly thank God for making farmers and cowboys every day! 

My purpose for writing is to focus on faith, family and the feedyard.  Debbie has graciously given me a platform to share it with you!  I hope to be able to shed some light on what we call the Bed & Breakfast part of the cattle industry and give you all a glimpse of our passion for the 3 F’s.  So, saddle up and hold on tight- (I’ve never “blogged” before!) let’s go for a ride!

I’m rarely one who doesn’t have much to say, but I don’t want to do all the talking here- if you’ve got questions or comments feel free to let ‘em loose!  If I don’t know the answer I’ll get my “experts” to help me out.  Speaking of experts… My husband and his brother co-own and operate our business.  I am married to Shawn- not Shane.  Shane belongs to Morgan, my sister-in-law, Shawn is mine.  Are you thoroughly confused?  Don’t worry, so is the rest of the county, and they were born and raised here!  Their father, Steve (I know, I know! Another “S”!) is largely responsible for bringing us into this amazing community and I will do my best to keep it all straight for you.  We are 1st generation owners but have come from a long line of farmers and ranchers- people who love the land and agriculture and who have passed those values down through the ages. 

Well, gotta run for now.  Someone’s hungry and bawling- it’s close to feeding time both at the house and in the “yard” …although, I’m not sure which group of mouths I prefer tackling tonight!  Keep your eyes open for more posts and thanks for reading!

Be blessed,
Nicky


10 comments:

  1. Awesome, Nicky! I am looking forward to reading your blog. Faith, family & the feedyard....
    Love it! Jane Wyatt

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  2. That's awesome Nicky! And this is the first comment I've ever left on a blog-site, hope it wasn't obvious without me revealing it! Will I see you, Shawn, and your clan at King Solomon Camp tomorrow? Mom and Danielle are staying the night, me and Jimmy are headed back to the Grove as Jimmy severely needs his hair cut. Anyway, I pray that no matter where you and your family lay your heads you do so safely.

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    1. Danny, thanks for the prayers! I guess we can learn how to do this together, right?! We have been back and forth this week helping at King Solomon and helping our neighbors burn pasture (more on that later!). See you soon!

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  3. Hi Nicky! Great to "meet" you and I will be looking forward to your posts. I enjoy Debbie's insight and it will be great to hear from another facet of the industry. We here in NY have a small operation and I feed out and market my steers direct to the consumer. I hear a lot of misconceptions coming from the consumers and I always am communicating with them to educate them and share the "real" story.

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    1. Gail, it will be great to get to know each other and compare notes! I agree that as producers we have a story to share and pass down to the next generations. Thanks for the reply!

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  4. I am so looking forward to your blog. I really enjoy Debbie's blog and hope you decide to start your own. I am sure you have a lot of information that most people are Miss informed about. The truth will be good to read. Most people (I think) think of feed lots as abuse and heartless people running them.please fill us in with the truth.

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  5. Ellie, thanks for your honesty! I'll do my best and hopefully we all gain a better perspective about our different roles in this community. Take care!

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  6. Good job on your first post. Keep up the good work. I'm interested! Jan

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