With Tina Radcliffe
Hi Fillies! Thanks for having me in your corral. I wanted to share my confusion with you today. Why keep it all to myself?
Cowboys. When I moved to Oklahoma I saw nothing but cowboy hats and pickup trucks. I lived there for 17 years before moving to Colorado and spent many a day wondering what sort of head was under those hats. Lots of rodeos at the state fair too. Lots of cowboys.
I rarely saw a cowboy hat in Denver or the surrounding area in the next 19 years. Only when the Western Stock Show came to town. Were there no cowboys in Colorado? Yes, I discovered, they are alive and well, but strangely enough not a one of them lives in the suburbs of Denver. You heard it right. None at my local Starbucks ordering a mocha frappe with extra whipped cream.
With the launch of my latest release from Harlequin Love Inspired, Stranded with the Rancher (here’s Niall Matter, the actor who is the inspiration for my rancher .) I spent a lot of time researching cowboys.
Here’s some of what I learned along the way:
-According to the US Cattle Industry quotes, the US Department of Agriculture 2007 Census:
“There are more than 1 million beef producers in the United States who are responsible for more than 94 million head of beef cattle. When it comes to beef cattle production, most operations are smaller than you might think; according to USDA, the majority of beef cattle operations (79%) have less than 50 head of cattle. Although cattle farms and ranches are spread across the United State, nearly a third of cattle operations are located in the Plains states.”
–Beef cattle production is the single largest segment of American agriculture. (This is great! Cows = Cowboys!)
-90% is consumed domestically and 10% is exported.
-There’s another blogging rancher out there (besides Mary Connealy). Check out Feedyard Foodie.
-Deep Hollow Ranch, 110 miles (180 km) east of New York City in Montauk, New York, claims to be the first ranch in the United States, having continuously operated since 1658.-Wikipedia. Is that crazy or what? Puts an interesting spin on the Pace (NEW YORK CITY??) commercial.
–From the National Cattleman’s Association 2014 Cattle inventory (as of July 1, 2014)
Number of beef cow operations: 729,000
Number of cattle & calf operations: 915,000 – 29.0 million beef cows (down 1%)
The average cow herd size: 40 head (FORTY???? SERIOUSLY??)
Average producer (rancher/cowboy) age: 58.3. (Yep. They are getting older!)
More than 50 percent of the total value of U.S. sales of cattle and calves comes from the top 5 states:
The big question? Where ARE the cowboys? The answer is that they are in ALL 50 states. That’s right. Every single state in the US produces cattle. Here’s the January 1, 2014 stats. They are in our own backyard.
Great sources of cowboy information:
The Last American Cowboy: Season 1
And especially the movie City Slickers. (snort)
Oh, and it really helps to have a friend who is married to a cowboy and lives on a ranch in Nebraska.
So what do you think about my trivia? Leave a comment for a chance to win my friend from Nebraska. No, wait, I mean a copy of my latest release, Stranded with the Rancher. Two winners.. International readers will be sent a Kindle copy.
The Doctor and the Cowboy
Stranded at single father Dan Gallagher’s ranch during a Colorado blizzard, Dr. Beth Rogers is counting the days till the roads are clear. She can’t wait to leave for her exciting new life in New York. But suddenly the big-city doctor is delivering babies in log cabins, helping to feed newborn calves and teaching Dan’s little girl to play hymns on the piano. No-nonsense Beth even throws a snowball or two at the handsome, love-shy cowboy. She thought she had her heart set on leaving, so why does she dream of Dan asking her to stay forever?
Tina Radcliffe writes fun, inspirational romance for Love Inspired. She is a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist in the short novel category, with her first Paradise book, Mending the Doctor’s Heart. Her latest Paradise book, Stranded with the Rancher is a September release. The next Paradise book releases in June 2015. She’s also teaching Self-Editing for Beginners in October in Seekerville’s Night Classes.