Farm and Ranchers. . .
Love The Land
Appreciate The Animals
Respect The Water
We do not take our lifestyle for granted.
It's our choice because we love, respect, and appreciate nature, our lands, our neighbors and our animals.
My name is Cara Randolph. I reside just outside of Cortez, Colorado with my husband, Allan, our cattle, ranch horses, wild cats, goats and working (and Retired Dogs) and of course, all of the wildlife that comes and goes.
The real western spirit is very much alive and is a real way of life. Many folk here have families which the land has passed from generation to generation by way of Homesteading.
The families here are generations deep with roots that show in their pride as their children
grow up and take over the reins of the running the farm or ranch.
Our local "Cowbelles", are ranchers wives whom volunteer their time,
have amazing spirit, recipes, create brand quilts for the local Cattlemens Events
to raise funds for scholarships for the children, donate their time and food to families in times of crisis and ensure that event goers are well fed, And They Are!
They are a community staple and well appreciated by all.
The land on the western slope of the Rockies is GMO free and has an abundant water supply and wildlife.
It is some of the most beautiful country in the world and is still the rugged and wild west.
Real Cowboys Live Here, Real Cowgirls Live Here.
And I Am Proud To Be Called a Cowboy By The Cowboys, Although I Am A Cowgirl.
When You Ride With Your Cattle or Someone Else's Cattle, You Are A Cowboy No Matter What Sex You Are.
You Are Expected To Do What We All Do, And Have True Grit... No "Girlies" Are Allowed.
Do What The Cow Boss Tells You To Do (No, Don't Jump Off A Cliff - No Dumb Stuff).
Just Know, There's Only One Cow Boss. The Owner Or Foreman Of The Ranch.
Listen, Learn, Be Quiet In The Saddle When You Need To Be And Excited
And Loud When You Need To Be, Ride And Handle Your Horse Well, Pee in The Bushes or Trailer,
Don't Be Afraid Of Bears, Just Always Be Ready, Aware Of Your Surroundings, Movement In The Brush or The Sky, And The Wildlife Around You.
The Cattle my husband and I raise are mostly Black Angus, we are a grass fed cow/calf operation,
We Run Them in the summer, high in the mountain country of SW Colorado and Pagosa Springs And On Our Property Adjacent To Our Home Which is where We grow up the pasture for the cattle to eat when they come off the mountain in the fall and raise much of our food in the garden and can it.
We Get Fresh Milk, Cream (To Make Butter) And Eggs Weekly From a Herdshare Program Just Down The Road.
In the Winter Time, we grind 4 mixtures of hay, combined with silage to keep the calves warm and growing in the winter, hold back the heifers for our herd and sell the Steer at 1200-1400 lbs when they come off the mountain in the next Fall.
To add fuel to this fire, Allan also operates a Peterbilt Semi which he hauls cattle, hay gravel and equipment with different trailers.
It's Allan's Custom Thing He Likes To Do.
It is a lifestyle choice that we greatly love, appreciate and respect.
Cara Randolph, Founder Farm And Rancher