Agri-Kid ~ April 19, 2018

Without a doubt, this young man is an excellent candidate for our ongoing Work Ethic 101 class! Thanks to Lana Smith for sharing. “I thought you and your readers might enjoy this picture of my just-turned-two-year-old grandson, William John Smith, clearing my driveway with his John Deere. He calls it his ‘plow tractor,’ and his most oft-used expression is

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Agri-Kid ~ April 12, 2018

Thanks to Lisa Olsen from Star Valley, Wyoming, for sharing this fun photo. “My 2-year-old Isla was beside herself with excitement to feed the cows. She just needed to touch one!”

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Agri-Kid ~ April 5, 2018

Supervising! Thanks to Megan Green for sharing this swell photo. She wrote: “I saw your request for new photos. This is our son Zade checking out the cows as we unloaded them last year at our summer pasture north of Winifred, Montana.”

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Agri-Kid March 29, 2018

Yet another example of Work Ethic 101 in progress! Thanks to Aaron Leys for sharing this fun photo of two-year-old Roper. “All he wants to do is take care of his little calf and help feed the rest of the herd.” Good job, Roper!

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March 22, 2018 Agri-Kid

Now isn’t this a perfectly splendid photo? Thanks to Jim Todd of Willcox, Arizona, for sharing. He wrote: “Here are my four grandkids giving the registered filly Oakley some TLC. L to R: Remington, 11; Colt, 8; Ruger, 9; and Sadie, 13. Yes, those are the boys’ real names!” The Editor suggests the picture be sent to the National

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March 15, 2018 Agri-Kid

When Kerry Hoffschneider shared this photo recently, she titled this photo “Dreaming at the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic.” She elaborated a bit: “L.J., age five, son of Jordan and Katie Wells of Norfolk, Nebraska, enjoys some time dreaming of his own herd someday.”

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March 8, 2018 Agri-Kid

Thanks to Lexie Haynes of Saco, Montana, for sharing this fun photo of three-year-old Whit Ozark taking a ride on Ruby, a bottle calf raised by Whit’s his older brother. The editor LOVES pet cows!

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March 1, 2018 Agri-Kid

Thanks to Christen Grant of Deaver, Wyoming, for sharing this wonderfully fun photo. “I snapped this photo this morning of my 2-year-old son Jace and his first calf brought in from the cold weather! I turned away for one second and came back to find Jace had covered his calf with a blanket and crawled under the blanket with

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February 22, 2018 Agri-Kid

Work Ethic 101 multiplied by three! Thanks to Lexie Haynes of Saco, Montana, for sending this fun photo. She explained: “These ranch kids love unrolling the core of the hay bale. My grands—Ridge Beil 1 1/2, Whit Ozark 3, and Rowdy Beil 3—always want to show me how tough they are by rolling out the cores. It gets to

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February 15, 2018 Agri-Kid

A Work Ethic 101 class in progress! Thanks to Betty Tempero for sharing this photo. She said: “Russell and his two-year-old daughter Emma are fixing fence on the Tempero Ranch north of Pompey’s Pillar, Montana. Emma loves rocks so she is carrying one in one hand and holding safely onto Papa with the other. This was taken last summer

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February 8, 2018 Agri-Kid

Work Ethic 101 alive and well and holding the reins of the four-up feeding team. Thanks to David Fryer of White Sulphur Springs, Montana, for sharing: “I snapped this pic of my daughter driving the four-horse team on our way home from feeding the cows. Alexis is 7 and loves horses, cows, and any other animal that crosses her

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Feb 1, 2018 Agri-Kid

Hats off to these two great kids! When Glena Gillett of Winnett, Montana, shared this photo, she wrote: “I was going out the door to save our flag from the wind, but our grandkids Jack & Julia Gillett,  were already at work folding the flag. … Yes, they know how to fold the flag properly.  Maybe the NFL could or should learn

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Agri-Kid ~ 1/25/18

Thanks to Dorothy Ears of Glasgow, Montana, for sharing what she called “Emily’s first ride”.  Emily is Dorothy’s great-granddaughter.  Emily’s parents live in Hailey, Idaho.

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Agri-Kid ~ 1/18/18

Work Ethic 101 in progress in Carter, Montana. When Marie Skierka shared this fun photo, she wrote: “This little buckaroo, Ames Heryford, is always willing to putting his day’s work in, helping his dad Matt catch the calves to tag.”

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Agri-Kid ~ 1/11/18

“Yep! Cows still need to be fed even if it is 10 below!” This is definitely another example of Work Ethic 101 in progress! Thanks to Marla Boyce for sharing. She wrote, “Here’s a nice picture of the boys—Connor and Cole Johnston, now 13 years young—helping Grampa (Donny Boyce) feed. The boys finally figured out how to pull the

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Agri-Kid ~ 1/4/18

Work Ethic 101 Class in progress on the hood of a pickup on a cold, snowy day! When Sharlee Hamilton posted this nice photo, she wrote: “Just wanted to share a photo of my husband, Casey Hamilton, with our 7-month old son, Treyson. They were feeding cows on Christmas Eve and discussing things on our ranch outside of Augusta,

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Agri-Kid ~ 12/28/17

A boy has to feed his ponies! This is one-and-a-half-year-old Ridge Beil feeding Ragged, a mini pony. Thanks to Lexie Haynes of Saco, Montana, for sharing.

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Agri-Kid ~ 12/21/17

“Checking the colts” … that’s what Mya Dailey of Pray, Montana, is doing in this nice photo. Thanks to Marty Malone of Pray for sharing.

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Agri-Kid ~ 12/14/17

Yet another episode of Work Ethic 101! This cute little fellow is three-year-old Spencer Stahl from the Ayers Colony at Grass Range, MT. Spencer was helping his grandfather Richard Stahl dig out gopher traps. When Spencer got it done with the help of a small spade, Spencer triumphantly held up the varmint and said, “Pops, we got the sucker!

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Agri-Kid ~ 12/7/17

With a rapt bovine audience, another episode of Work Ethic 101 takes place as Ali and Gage Rolf stir up the mineral on the family ranch near Miles City, Montana. Thanks to Amber McDowell Rolf for sharing.

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Agri-Kid ~ 11/30/17

Work Ethic 101! Here’s three-year-old Roan Korman riding his pony Charro. The pair are taking a short break while helping gather for fall work on the Korman Ranch. They make a sharp-looking team!

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Agri-Kid ~ 11/23/17

Work Ethic 101 alive and well at Camp Crook, South Dakota! This cowboy is nine-year-old Shawn Glines shutting a barbed-wire gate at his grandparents’ outfit. It’s a great photo, isn’t it?

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Agri-Kid ~ 11.16.17

Work Ethic 101 in progress here! When Sierra Holt shared this photo, she wrote: “This is Zora Holt, age 11, working to fill the alley for preg-testing of heifers. Notice how calmly and quietly the heifers are working. Also check out the look on the face of Zora’s 28-year-old cattle-handling instructor, Trisca. Zora said, ‘As long as the heifers

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Agri-Kid ~ 11/9/17

Isn’t this a great photo? Thanks to Randy McCollam of Quitman, Missouri, for sharing it. He wrote: “This is Keegen Peter. His dad and I farm together. His mom brought him to the corn field, and he found a way to occupy his time.”

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Agri-Kid ~ 11/2/17

One-year-old Tyge Torske knows the important news to read! Tyge is the son of Ross and Seanna Torske of Hardin, Montana! This is one smart little tyke!

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Agri-Kid ~ 10.26.17

When Nancy Cline shared this photo, she wrote: “This is a photo taken last fall of our son Robert Cline feeding steers with his two girls. Blakelyn is driving, and Slaina is feeding handfuls of pellets to the steers.” Work Ethic 101 in progress!

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Agri-Kid 10-17-17

This photo of Dr. Doug Zalesky, University of Wyoming’s Laramie Research & Extension Center, with brothers Bracken and Grady Mealor was taken during the 4th of July parade in Sheridan, Wyoming.  Bracken, 3, and Grady, 1, are the sons of Dr. Brian and Rachel Mealor of Sheridan, Wyoming, where Brian is the director of the Sheridan Research & Extension Center

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Agri-Kid ~ 10.12.17

 

Thanks to Jake Johnson of Mackay, Idaho, for sharing this great photo of yet another example of Work Ethic 101 in action. He wrote: “Here is my three-year-old son Kolton Johnson, a fifth-generation rancher in the Lost River Valley. Kolton is helping salt some yearlings. Thanks for putting out such a great paper.”

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Agri-Kid ~ 10.5.17

Thanks to Sandy Sallee of Emigrant, Montana, for sharing this nice photo of her grandson, Braxton Wright, age 8, Reserve Grand Champion at the Park County (MT) Fair for his Mottled Houdan chicken. Congrats!

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Agri-Kid 9-28-17

Here’s a great display of Work Ethic 101! Two year old, Hallie Torske is hard at it irrigating with her Grandpa Miles Torske on their farm outside of Hardin. Thanks to Lora Torske for sharing this great shot with us!

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Agri-Kid ~ 9.21.17

This is a fun photo for a couple of reasons. One is 15-year-old Shelby Forgey of Anatone, Washington, who is sitting in the hollow of a Bottle tree. The photo was taken in Queensland, Australia, at a property owned by Jeff and Maria Hyde. The other fun detail is what appears to be an exceptionally LONG Brahman-cross cow standing

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Agri-Kid ~ 9.14.17

Thanks to Jody Foxhoven of Crofton, Nebraska, for sharing this FUN photo of her six-year-old daughter Maci standing confidently on her swell pony Skippy. “Maci loves the freedom of the farm. She loves doing tricks on Skippy.” How the editor loves little girls and small ponies!

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AgriKid ~ 9/7/2017

Thanks to Jamie Smith of Missouri for sharing this nice photo of her daughter Sara taking a course in Work Ethic 101 by helping her grandmother water the sheep!

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Agri-Kid ~ 8/31/2017

Thanks to Sara Maaninga for sharing this fun photo of yet another example of Work Ethic 101 in progress in Henning, Minnesota! Sara wrote: “This is my daughter, Matilynn. The first thing she does when she wakes up is to grab her pink chore boots and head to the barn to check on her ‘babies.’ Then she makes buckets

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Agri-Kid ~ 8/24/2017

The Vanek sisters — Addison, 10, and Alexis, 8 — rode sheep at the Pat Vanek Memorial Mutton Bustin’ during the recent Lewistown (MT) Rodeo. Addison was too old to qualify, but Alexis won the Wednesday night rodeo. Way to go, girls!

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Agri-Kid ~ 8-10-2017

Thanks to Jake Johnson of Mackay, Idaho, who shared this fine photo of his three-year-old son Kolton, who is a fifth-generation rancher in the Lost River Valley. Kolton is part of the Work Ethic 101 class as he helps his father salt some yearlings.

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Agri-Kid – July 23, 2017

It’s that time of year… hurray! Thanks to Randy McCollam of Quitman, Missouri, who shared this photo of Keegen Peter eating his first ear of corn. Keegen is “almost two years old and growing up to be a real farm boy.” Hurray! Never too many real farm boys!

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Agri-Kid 7-13-17

Work Ethic 101 is alive and well and fixing fence in Cohasset, Minnesota! This fence fixer is two-year-old Kaiden Trout. This great-grandson helps pull the load at Trout Polled Herefords.

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Agri-Kids Photo 7-6-17

WORK ETHIC 101 in progress… These two slim-built cousins — Cade Gerdes, 10, on the left, and Everett Hammond, 8 — teamed up to get enough weight and oomph as a wrestling team at the annual Indian Creek Ranch Mother’s Day branding. It was a perfect day for branding east of Billings, Montana. Photo by Deb Hammond.

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Agri-Kid 6-22-17

Thanks to Kayla Sargent for sharing this fun photo. She wrote: “I call this photo ‘The Babysitter.’ At our last branding at the Sargent Ranch near Shawmut, Montana, the youngest members of our crew weren’t phased by the horses, people, dogs, or bawling calves all around them. Tavin Sargent (in the car seat) and Haley Anderson (curled up under

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Agri-Kid 6-15-17

When this fun photo was shared by great-grandparents Lloyd and Glennis Carney of Ellensburg, Washington, they wrote: “Little Emma Lucy is an animal lover – doesn’t matter if it has fur or feathers! She has also discovered a new variety of animal, which she calls a ‘tree bunny’ … when you are two years old, your knowledge of animal

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Agri-Kid 6-8-17

Ponies need love, too! This nine-year-old pony Starlight lives on a ranch outside of Bainville, Montana. Her job is to take care of three-year-old Tacey and her five-year-old brother Tannen. When Kyla Traeger sent these photos in, she wrote: “The kids love helping out on the ranch, taking their pony for walks, brushing her, and barrel racing with Mom.

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Agri-Kid 5-25-17

Now here’s a kid who’s spent time in the saddle! This is six-year-old Lane Wright waiting his turn to sell Ninja at the BLS March horse sale. Thanks to Sandy Sallee for sharing!

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Agri-Kid 5-11-17

Work Ethic 101 in the pig pen! 12-year-old Phillip of Park City, Montana, has a lot of help getting his pigs settled into their new home. Three calves and a dog are busy trying to figure out what these new critters are! Thanks to Mark Prewett for sharing!

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Agri-Kid 04/27

When Nick Shrauger shared this photo, he wrote: “Linda, I know you have a weakness for photos of kids and horses. This is my 5-year-old granddaughter, Camryn Shrauger, giving a blessing to Snip on Easter at our place in Bozeman, Montana.” Delightful!

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Agri-Kid 04/20

Oh how the editor loves these photos… couldn’t decide which one was my favorite so printed ’em both! I like the barn animals keeping watch over the small napping lad, but also like the close-up of the cocker and the boy. Thanks to Marti Schultz of Grass Range, MT, who has my number! She wrote: “My boys

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Agri-Kid 04/13

Thanks to my friend John L. Moore of Miles City, Montana, for sharing this nice photo. He wrote: “Granddaughter Selah Ann Moore of Snohomish, WA, is a bit of a horse and dog nut. She\’s with Simon, the famous Oswald, and Ky, the Kelpie.”

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Agri-kid 04/06

When Lindsey Marshall of southeast Iowa shared this fun photo of four-year-old Mason and one-year-old Camden, she wrote: “This lifestyle is about beliefs and values passed down through generations, ensuring that things are left better for those yet to come. It\’s all about the legacy.” Amen!

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Agri-Kid 03/30

Two-year-old River Simonson of Whitewater, Montana, is captured here giving a welcome-to-the-world hug to his neighbor Jeanie Green\’s new lamb. Thanks to Andrea Lien for sharing!

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Agri-Kid 03/23

Now isn\’t this cute? In cow country, we don\’t give our kids “Dick & Jane” to read! When Lauren Haman of Towner, ND, shared this photo, she wrote: “This is our six-month-old daughter, Hadleigh, reading the Rhodes Red Angus Sale Catalog. I was gone for work and received this picture from my husband Johan with the message: \’Helping Daddy look

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Agri-Kid 03/16

Work Ethic 101… 18-month-old Jessa Jo Ryan from Jordan, Montana, feeds a twin lamb that was half the size of her brother and too small to drink from her mama. Jessa took care of the bum until she was big enough for her mom to take care of her. Thanks to Bethany Miller for sharing.

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Agri-Kid 03/09

Another photo in our series of Work Ethic 101… Two-year-old Gavin Peterson went with his dad on a trip to get a load of hay. After they unloaded the hay, Dad walked around the truck to find Gavin diligently rolling the straps up for him. Such a great helper! Thanks to Tracey Peterson of Bridger, Montana, for sharing.

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Agri-Kid 03/02

Surrounded by the adult world\’s barn-away-from-barn buckets and sacks of feed, these two cute little tykes amused themselves with their miniature corrals and livestock operation during some of the long afternoon livestock sales while attending the recent Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, SD. Grosskopf photo. 

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Agri-Kid 02/23

Thanks to Jim Largent of Simms, Montana, for sharing this FUN photo of his great-nephew Emmett Wheeler with a three-week-old Boer kid. The WAR editor loves rural kids, whether sporting four legs or two!

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Happy to be horseback, Traxton Simanton, age 3, of Whitewater, Montana, gives the photographer the high sign! Thanks to Carli Olsen for sharing!

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And they say we don\’t care about our animals… Thanks to Anthony Skorupa, who shared this great photo. He explained: “My nine-year-old son Wade and I had gone out to give his lambs, Murphy and Daisy, some exercise. I needed to check water so I asked Wade to keep walking around with them. When I came back, this is what

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Yet another example of Work Ethic 101! Thanks to Toby Wetsch of Drummond, Montana, for sharing this nice photo. “This is our seven-year-old twins, Kameron and Piper Wetsch. The photo was taken October 2016 at the WM Dingwall Ranch. The girls were helping their dad, Shawn Wetsch, and their granddad, Ron Wetsch, sort up the calves after weaning. The girls

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Agri-kid 1-26-2017

Girls \’n\’ ponies… thanks to Wilbert Opp of Beulah, North Dakota, for sharing this fun photo of his great-granddaughter! He wrote: “This is five-year-old Cambri Staiger of Hebron, ND, bonding with her horse Taffy.”

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Agri-Kid 1-19-17

Now here\’s what the WAR editor calls a bucket full of trouble! Thanks to Kelsi Arthun of Wilsall, Montana, for sharing this fun photo of her one-year-old son Mason “helping” with chores in the barn! Work Ethic 101 in progress!

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Agri-Kid 1-5-17

Powder River, let \’er buck! “You think ranch kids will stay inside the house when it\’s 36 degrees outside and windy and no sled available?” wrote Abegail Morse of Two Dot, Montana. “Nope! Ranch kids go outside and innovate. My boys Grant (4) and Garth (3) came back in from playing outside with an idea, grabbed Mom\’s laundry baskets, went

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Agri_kid 12-29-16

A two-step process… Watch first, then do. Work Ethic 101 in gear! Wayne Shaver showed his 8-year-old granddaughter Darcy Davis how to work the chute, and then he stepped back and let her run it. Thanks to Michelle Davis for sharing.

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Agr-Kid 12-22-16

Here\’s the big and the little of it! When two-year-old Emma Finn is out and about, Reb always comes over to have a visit with her. Thanks to Jenna Finn of Midland, South Dakota, for sharing!

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Agri-Kid 12-8-16

Marching off for yet another Work Ethic 101 class are Remington Campbell and his 14-month-old son Haaken. The Campbells live at Shelby, Montana. Thanks to Haaken\’s great-grandmother Yvonne Pate for sharing!

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Agri-Kid 11-10-16

Work Ethic 101 alive and well in Colorado! Rio Thompson Sewell, 5 years old, A.I.\’d his own heifer, #522. He owns her dam and grand-dam as well. Rio bought his first registered Angus bred heifer at age 1 1/2. Rio and his sister, Stella McKee Sewell, 3 years old, are members of the American Angus Association, the Colorado Cattlemen\’s Association,

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Agri-Kid 10-13-16

Isn\’t this a nice photo? This is 20-month-old Samual Koeppe from Claire City, SD. The fifth generation to live on the ranch, Samual is ready to try his first season of bean combining with his Grampa Dean.

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Agri-Kid 10-6-16

When Liz Edmundson sent in this fun photo, she wrote: “I wanted to share a picture of my oldest three little messes enjoying a branding of their own \’after the irons cooled.\’ Emma (5) holds Isaac (6) down while Allie (3) does the branding. This is on the Dearborn Ranch in Wolf Creek, Montana.”

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Agri-Kid 9-29-16

The WAR editor loves brave little kids and gentle big cows! Thanks to Clair Hagan of Piedmont, South Dakota, for sharing this darling photo of one-and-a-half-year-old Brayden Swane of Black Hawk, South Dakota, feeding ear corn to this nice cow.

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Agri-Kid 8-25-16

And here\’s why rural kids are healthier than city kids… \’cause their digestive systems have long been exposed to dirt! Thanks to Hope Huft of Ismay, Montana, for sharing this fun photo of her daughters Oaklee (18 months) and Tylee (7 years) last fall… Funny how kids cannot resist a mud puddle!

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Agri_Kid 8-4-16

Work Ethic 101! Two-year -old Anna Todd helps her aunt TediJo Todd scoop feed for TediJo\’s 4-H steers and pigs. Anna is the daughter of Heidi and Gary Todd of Big Timber, Montana. Thanks to Susan Metcalf for sharing!

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Agri_kid 7-7-16

Nothing cuter than little piglets… unless it\’s kids and piglets! Royce Strobbe is enjoying the future 4-H champions of her cousin Brenda Kornfeld\’s of Loring. Thanks to Lexie Haynes of Saco, Montana, for sharing.

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Agri_kid 6-9-16

This is why rural kids have a better constitution and fewer intestinal upsets than their citified counterparts.. our kids eat dirt and other tasty things! In this case, the WAR editor isn\’t too sure whether 5-year-old Hunter and 3-year-old Chezney are helping eat the bovine groceries or just spreading it around! Thanks to Jennifer Pollman for sharing. They live at

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Agri-Kid 5-26-16

Work Ethic 101 alive & strong in northern Montana! One-year-old Rowdy James Beil is helping her 81-year-old great grandfather James Murdock set a tie in the fence line. Thanks to Lexie Haynes of Saco, Montana, for sharing. She wrote: “Ranch kids learn from an early age the chores that are done on the ranch, and grandparents learn the value of

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Agri-Kid 5-12-16

Now here\’s a tractor tire chockfull of trouble! L to R: Camden Susott (11), Quinn (9) and Cord (6) Logan, Chase Howell (7), Joy Mortenson (2) (looking down), Avery Gerdes (8), Addy Susott (8), and Scarlett Hammond (5). These children, who all live east of Billings, Montana, are the pride and joy of a lot of folks including the WAR

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Agri-Kid 4-14-16

It seemed particularly fitting to have Pat Goggins\’ great-granddaughter Grace Mosher sing very beautifully the National Anthem at the Vermilion Spring Bull Sale held at PAYS on March 25. Standing next to Grace for morale support is her grandmother Laurie Mosher.

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Agri-Kid 4-7-16

Yet another participant of Work Ethic 101! Hurray! This is four-year-old Blaire Billingsley in the process of helping her grandmother, Andie Billingsley, jug a lamb. Or maybe it\’s “lug a lamb!” grin! The editor likes the lamb carrier! According to Andie, Blaire likes to feed the bum calf, too. Of course, she does! Hurray for rural kids and their parents

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Agri-Kid 3-3-16

Now here\’s a horseful of kids! Thanks to Kristy Myhre of Custer, Montana, for sharing this great photo of her children — from L to R: Emma (8), Jentz (11 months), Hattie (6), and Ellie (3) — on their Brabant gelding Sparky.

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Agri-Kid 2-25-16

Around this outfit we like kids and baby animals of any kind, so it was a slam-dunk that we\’d like these photos shared by our Circulation Manager Peggy Pollari. She captioned them: “Livvie Brubaker holds Peppa at the recent Super Bowl Party. Peppa was stepped on at two weeks so went to the house to be doctored.” Notice that Peppa

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Agri-Kid 2-18-16

Returning to the hay stack for another load of cow grub, Royce Strobbe and Blake Ozark enjoy the wagon ride with the old cow dog, Whip. Yet another chapter of Work Ethic 101! Thanks to Lexie Haynes of Saco, Montana, for sharing!

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Agri-Kid 2-4-16

Wearing a cute pink scotch cap, Caitlyn Cook is ready to help her dad Cole Cook of Miles City, Montana, do chores! And that\’s why our rural kids grow up with a dandy work ethic: they\’ve been closely involved in work since they were toddlers! Hurray for Work 101! Thanks to Julie Cook for sharing!

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Agri-Kid 1-14-16

How many farm kids can you count? Clue: keep counting \’til you reach 7! Who says tractors are just used for work? L to R: sitting in the front tire are Adalyn Besemer & Aria Smolen; standing on the steps are Tristan Smolen, Talia Gladue, & Bentley Gladue; standing on the rear tire is Haven Smolen; and sitting in the

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Agri-Kid 1-7-16

Isn\’t this a great photo of Stetson Burgess? It was taken December 15, 2015, on the N Bar Ranch at Grass Range, Montana. Stetson got a new chain saw from his Nana and Papa for his third birthday on December 13. He is putting it to good use by cutting firewood for his mama! Thanks to Arica Burgess for sharing!

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Agri-Kid 12-31-15

This small fry has a BIG job… delivering coffee from the house to the corral during fall work. Anyone who has worked in the corrals during cold weather knows how welcome a thermos of hot coffee is… and he\’s packing THREE of them… big job, small tyke! This young man, doing due diligence on Work Ethic 101, is four-year-old Shane

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Agri-Kid 12-24-15

These darling girls are the apple of their grandfather\’s eye! As they should be! They are, left to right, Elaina, Miriam, and Hannah. Elaina and Miriam live in Canada, and Hannah lives at Grass Range, Montana, as does proud grandfather Bill Stahl.

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Agri-Kid 12-17-15

Thanks to Michelle Davis for sharing this nice photo of seven-year-old Darcy Davis (aboard her good horse Skip) conferring with Papa (Wayne Shaver) about best plan to sort the calves off their mamas on a nice Midwestern November day in Gower, Missouri… Hurray! Work Ethic 101 in gear!

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Agri-Kid 12-10-15

And here\’s yet another class of Work Ethic 101! This shows Darcy Davis (7) and her horse Skip helping Papa (Wayne) Shaver sort the calves from their mommas on a nice Midwest November day in Gower, Missouri.

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Agri-Kid 12-3-15

Mounted on a good saddlehorse and wearing all his cowboy gear, including Grandpa Jack\’s hat, seven-year-old Kaydin Dawson helped gather on shipping day near Boulder, Montana. Thanks to Trudy Dawson for sharing yet another good photo of rural kids in the process of building their work ethic!

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Agri-Kid 11-26-15

A photo update on two of “our” adopted kids… Five years ago, Lewistown, Montana, rancher Pat Vanek (28) was killed when a haystack collapsed on him in December 2010. The generous WAR readership raised some college money for Pat\’s two very young daughters. Almost five years later, they appear to be doing very well. Thanks to their grandfather Leon Vanek

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Agri-Kid 11-19-15

Practicing the principles of Work Ethic 101, Royce Strobbe and her saddlehorse Shadow help move cows. When Lexie Haynes shared this photo, she wrote: “As to your reader\’s comments about kids on farms and ranches being safe, it is their way of life, and they are trained from birth to be careful and mindful of the everyday dangers of the

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Agri-Kid 11-5-15

“Hello there… what\’s your name?” might be what the big roan is saying to the small boy. Thanks to Kathleen Meier of Firesteel, SD, for sharing. She included these comments: “This is our little grandson Wyatt Meier. It looks like he can\’t wait to ride his dad\’s saddle horse Custer, who is being so gentle with his greeting.”

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Agri-Kid 10-29-15

These two Agri-Kids obviously admire the contents of the basket, which contains a new baby sister! Thanks to Great-Grandma Bonnie Voelz of Roberts, Montana, for sharing this fine photo of Mason (4), Jace (2), and Emma Rose (3 months).

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Agri-Kid 10-22-15

There\’s just something about this cute photo of almost-three-year-old Mark Hoffman that makes me want to suggest various captions. “Dang it… where in the heck did my horse go?” OR “I\’ve got all the gear … halter, chinks, boots… now I just need a horse!” OR “It\’s a long road to Tipperary!” etc. Thanks to Sarah from Western Livestock Auction

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Agri-Kid 10-15-15

Thanks to Lindsey Habets of Conrad, Montana, for sharing this great photo! She explained: “I maintain the website for the Marias Fair up here in Shelby and take lots of photos of events. I took a bunch of really cute photos of Mutton Busting and thought I\’d send this one your way. This is four-year-old Don Kolste of Valier, Montana.

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Agri-Kid 10-8-15

Developing her work ethic, 20-month-old Sheyenne Schultz helps Grandpa Clay Lassle keep count of the silage loads and waves to the truck drivers!

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Agri-Kid 10-1-15

Alyssa Minemyer, 5, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, exhibits pure joy as she rides her cousin\’s horse, Meeko, at their grandparents\’ ranch in Trout Creek, Montana. Photo submitted by Helen Meadows.

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Agri-Kid 9-24-15

There\’s not much the WAR editor likes better than gentle kid ponies! Thanks to Marilyn Murphy of Rapelje, Montana, for sharing this fun photo of Lydia Murphy doing handstands on her saddle while her pony Breezy Boy stands quietly. The WAR editor is pretty agile these days, but this looks impossible to her! Discretion being the better part of valor,

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Agri-Kid 9-17-15

Nothing cuter than kids \’n\’ puppies… Thanks to proud grandfather Barry Borg of Valley City, North Dakota, for sharing this cute photo of two-year-old Jaelyn Borg and Little Jake. According to Barry, when Jaelyn saw the pup for the first time, she said, “My baby buppy!” The WAR editor has always had a soft spot for Border Collie “buppies” too!

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Agri-Kid 8-27-15

This is one cute photo! When John Moore of Miles City, Montana, shared it, he titled it “Two cute fillies!” And he captioned the photo this way: “Our four-year-old granddaughter Autumn Ferguson was up from Colorado Springs, anxious to see the mares and foals. Autumn posed for this photo, not knowing that a very curious young female of the equine

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Agri-Kid 7-30-15

When Lexie Haynes shared this photo, she wrote: “Girls just wanna have fun! Good ol\’ horses are hard to find. Granddaughters Royce and Blake love riding Poco Stars Jaguar bareback. They have had so much fun with this big gelding that was born and raised on the ranch. The girls have been riding him since they were 3. He\’s trustworthy

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Agri_kid 7-16-15

One country kid named Royce and three corgis share a cool drink on a warm summer day. Country kids and their sidekicks can always get a drink from outside spigots, hoses, and water tanks. Thanks to Lexie Haynes of Saco, Montana, for sharing!

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Ag-Kid 6-18-15

Summer time and the livin\’s easy… Thanks to Sandy Sallee for sharing this FUN photo! She wrote: “Linda, I thought you would like this picture of some ag kids. Our grandsons Braxton Wright, 6, and Lane Wright, 4, were helping Scott irrigate. Note their holsters! It was a big day chasing rabbits and the magpies that want to rob the

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