Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Looking Back

My next few days will be spent out of the office and in the pastures of BSG. It's the week of our annual production sale and it seems there are a million things to do, and only time to get one hundred of them done. During this week, our crew gathers at the farm before the sun hits the horizon and trucks don't file out of the driveway until things are wrapped up, usually long after the stars have made their debut. 

While these are long days, they're good days spent doing what the Bowmans love: working together and preparing our place so that friends, partners, neighbors and guests from around the globe can come to the farm, enjoy a meal together and evaluate some really neat cattle. 

To understand more about the dream behind our operation, and this sale, click here

Today we look back on the last few production sales, and the folks that have made it possible for us to do this year after year. 

Stop out to BSG this Friday, September 2 to enjoy dinner before the bidding starts at 6:00PM. 

 Luke, Dr. Byers and Mr. Jungels have a moment to catch up after the sale. See more of Jungels' operation here.

Settling up.

Marlee's first production sale was spent mostly in Grandpa Bowman's arms. 

It's always great to have the Warner Sisters (and Josh!) out to BSG. 

Dear friends and customers, but more like family. 

The Ragsdale men, with roots deep in the Shorthorn breed. What a pleasure to have Jack out for the sale. See more of their history, here

Dad prepares to give his first-ever opening comments. 

 Forever Friends.

 Fraternity brothers out to support a passion.

 Katie's famous concoction. 

 Words of thanks. 

 Our country vet, forever on call. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends...

Mornings like this I can't help but get out of bed in a hurry. 

It is ONE week until our annual production sale. BSG is a family operation passionately working to improve and promote the production, promotion and generational longevity of  not only our cattle, but our friends and family that have helped us get to where we are today. It is safe to say we get by with a little help from our friends.

Some time ago, I wrote in my high school senior book that "cleats hitting the concrete on their way to Cory Field" was my favorite sound. I used to live for Friday nights. The pride of hometown football. The living Hagerstown legacy. 

These days, I live for another Friday night in the early fall; it's the one where my Dad's dream comes true over and over again. And let me tell you, there are very few things in this life I love more than hearing his voice quiver as he thanks the sale day crowd for supporting him and believing in his program. 

Last night I captured some of our offering as the sun set along the banks of the Greens Fork River. 

They're complete, productive females that will perform where ever they make their new home. Take a look...

 See that incredible tree? You can learn It's beautiful story here

Future brood matron. Proven bull.

Also for sale! But only for the courageous and patient - the dog on the right. See more about that little blessing here.

What began as a dream decades ago, has transformed into a successful program that we are happy to share with our friends, partners, neighbors and guests from around the globe....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Little Indiana

This blog has really opened some unique doors for me. While it's introduced me to great folks and also given me the opportunity to do some pretty neat things, it's also allowed me to learn about others' passions. 

In mid-August, Jean's Boots was featured on Little Ever heard of it? It is one of the most unique websites I've ever seen. This site is the source for finding the hidden jewels through out the tiny towns of Indiana. 

While I thought it would be nice to share with all of you a little more history behind Jean's Boots, I also hope that you'll explore this website and learn more about the rural, often forgotten,  towns that keep America alive....Enjoy:

"Jean's Boots is an Indiana blog with an easy, familiar writing style that will suck you in and before you know it? You’ll have read at least 15 pages and find yourself nowhere near stopping!"

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bed Time - And a Bug

Recently I spent the night with my sister, her husband and their beautiful babies. While Harrison is the forever-happy 5-month-old, Marlee is the spirited almost two-year-old who always entertains. 

That night I helped Marlee get ready for bed. What a process. I've never seen a child take so much time simply brushing their (9) teeth. 

Today is a photo-story blog - The Story of Bed Time. And a bug. 

Happy Harrison

"Lili, what that?"

"A bug!"

"A little bug..."

"Here Lili, here. Look, Lili..."

We finally had to tell the bug goodnight. 
But we did pray for the bug. 
And the neighbor's dog. 

Confused why Aunt Lili is still taking pictures during quiet time...

Goodnight, World