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Focus farmerAnnette Sauers

Agriculture.com Staff 07/07/2010 @ 9:10am

A lot has happened in the last year for me. I opened my own business, and now that I am in the process of getting a divorce, I am ranching alone.

I still have the ranch but can't afford the payments alone, so I will be moving soon to a smaller ranch I have leased. I love the place and it will be much easier for me to care for alone. I will run about 60 acres.

I had to calve out the cows in the snow by myself this spring. With a divorce in the works, it became necessary to sell the cows at that time. I enjoy cattle and am glad that I am able to take care of someone else's for now.

The irrigation is all hand line so that will keep me busy before and after I am at the store all day. My store opened on August 18, 2004, and is doing very well. Lostine Ranch Supply is a feed store with animal health supplies and some tack. This summer, my landlord is adding on to the building I am in so I will be able to stock even more!

My goals for the next year have changed. I hope to continue adding new items to the store -- gates, panels, stock tanks and irrigation supplies are on the list. I also hope to purchase cattle again and start over raising beef. I would like to purchase a couple of brood mares and raise Paints. I love ranching and am sure that I will be able to continue doing it alone.

A lot has happened in the last year for me. I opened my own business, and now that I am in the process of getting a divorce, I am ranching alone.

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