Category: Ranch & Farm

Roberti Ranch: A Time Honored Partnership with the Land

Roberti Ranch: A Time Honored Partnership with the Land By Debra Hasbrouck Living in the mountains can be an extraordinary experience—spectacular beauty is a daily standard, often accented with breathtaking seasonal changes. Although the volatile weather may be exciting, it can create challenges for the residents of these majestic environments. In the time that Sierra Valley was my home, I developed a deep sense of respect and admiration for the farmers and ranchers who live and work in the big, mountain valley. The level expanse sits at just under five-thousand feet elevation and the surrounding mountains seem to create...

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DEXTER CATTLE: A Compact Version of the Old-Fashioned Family Cow

In recent years there has been a resurgence of backyard agriculture.  Gardens have always been a popular way to ensure that you have a healthy selection of vegetables available—but many people are looking for ways to expand homegrown food choices. Backyard chickens have experienced a comeback, allowing people to produce fresh, local eggs.  There is also a current trend to incorporate fruit trees and berry bushes into residential landscapes. However, when it comes to small-scale dairy and meat production, there can be many challenges.  Most dairy cows and beef breeds require more feed than the typical family acreage provides. ...

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4H & FFA Benefit Youth

By Debra Hasbrouck Of all the great organizations available for kids to join, FFA and 4H are two associations that have wonderful success with instilling a sense of responsibility and self-confidence in their members. My own experience as a 4H and FFA member enriched my life in countless ways. It was evenmore meaningful when my children joined and became involved in these rewarding programs. Anyone who has gone to a county fair has probably noticed 4H and FFA members participating in various livestock events. It’s impressive to watch the kids working with their beautiful animals in the show ring. What...

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Full Service Gun Shop Opens at Reynolds -RED BLUFF

Here is a store that is a one-stop shop that carries everything you could possibly need for country style living. What began as a ranch supply store has evolved into three stores in one location, Reynolds Ranch & Farm Supply, The Loft and Red Bluff Sporting Goods. Things continue to change at Reynolds in Red Bluff. In addition to Reynolds Ranch & Supply and The Loft, they have now expanded Red Bluff Sporting Goods, where their full service gun shop is now open and offering both sales and service. Their new 3,000 square foot expansion includes 1,600 feet dedicated...

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AN EQUINE EDUCATION AT FEATHER RIVER COLLEGE 

  By Debra Hasbrouck Horses and people have shared a unique bond throughout much of human history.  Once necessary for travel, hunting, farming and warfare – horses played a vital role in basic survival for many of our ancestors.  Although still an essential working partner on many ranches and in some police work, most horses are currently kept for pleasure and sport.  According to a 2005 study from the American Horse Council (AHC), there are approximately 9.2 million horses in the United States. Not only do these wonderful animals offer joy and companionship to people, the equine industry contributes...

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