Eastern Oklahoma is cattle country. We have beef and dairy cattle and plenty of horse ranches besides. Near our farm is a buffalo range, a sheep farm, an angus bull ranch, an alpaca ranch, a goat farm, and several small chicken and hog farms. Mostly though, our area raises beef.
Ranchers keep donkeys sometimes as guards. They will protect a herd from maurading coyotes and from cattle rustlers.
I have photographed dozens of ranch gates. I find them wonderfully amusing. Once I saw a red-tailed hawk perched on one longhorn of the Allen Ranch gate! Watch my slideshow which will give you glimpses of fun ranch gates and some of the livestock I see everyday.
I love the Fox Hill Farm sign and the Allen Ranch gate. I visited the Allen Ranch years ago when they gave trail rides and groups could field trip there and have a campfire.
The Dillingham Ranch was at one time one of the largest in this part of Oklahoma (10,500 acres). It was slated to become a resort with a golf course for a while, but the deal fell though.
Our ranch is small. We call it “Holliswood” because our last name is Hollis. We have one horse and at present a herd of 14 cows. Our house, an old farmhouse is at the front of our pecan orchard. behind that are 40 more acres where we harvest hay for wintering our cows.
Take a look at my newest books. One is titled What’s Good About Home. I don’t mean it as a question but rather a commentary on the good things about it. The cover is from a photo of wildflowers and day lilies I took myself. I love flowers and I love the fields and meadows. I think you will enjoy reading stories from my farm and the lessons I learned raising my seven children here.
Life With Mama is a book of stories about my mother and my life in a large family.
The latest is a small gift book, titled The Heart of Spring, containing prayers and encouragement for school teachers.
These are avaiable from Amazon and other online book stores.
Life with Mama (http://bit.ly/2LIFEMAMA)
What’s Good About Home (http://bit.ly/2MYHOME)
Heart of Spring (http://bit.ly/TeachSprg1)