This week we continue our focus on women in agriculture by visiting with a sixth generation Texan and rancher who says there was always equal opportunity for women on the ranch where she grew up.
“We’re a commercial cow/calf operation, run around 300 mama cows. It’s been passed down through the generations.”
Ann Morgan Christian runs a family ranch in near Bedias.
“Well you know, I always grew up on the ranch, and with my family. It was a family venture and we all worked. We knew when you got woke up in the morning what your day was going to be. Was it going to be working cattle, or in the hay field, or checking on cattle, or feeding? I don’t guess I was ever given a choice, but if I had been, this would’ve been my choice.”
Women’s lib was alive and well on the ranch.
“It was never, you’re a girl so you’re not going to do it. We were just expected to do it. We just grew up with it. We worked the cattle. We rode the horses, and pulled them in. We castrated and vaccinated.”
Ann doesn’t miss anything about the old days except her family.
“Technology has been great through the years. We’ve learned so much. It’s saved us lots of labor. We’ve gone from screw worms to air conditioned cabs on tractors to GPS.”
And there are always highs and lows.
“Looking out that front window, seeing those cows, that’ll put a smile on my face every day. Hard times, the drought, probably been the worst thing I’ve ever been through, in my generation, and you look around and ask people for advice. There’s nobody who’s ever been through anything like that. It’s tough. Mother Nature can be really be an old biddy sometimes.”
Preserving her ranch is important to Ann Morgan Christian.
“I kind of look at this old land like a family heirloom. You know you keep it, you treasure it, and hope the next generation does the same. It’s pretty emotional, bit it’s a struggle trying to keep your kids and the generations to come.”
I’m Kailey Carey, looking at Brazos Valley Agriculture, From The Ground Up.