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Petey – A Lead Steer’s Story

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We all have a story about an animal on our place that was more than just livestock, but was a part of the family. Here’s the story of Petey the lead steer and how much he brought to the Ashford farm.

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I shot Petey. It was not an accident but rather it was something that had to be done. This is the st
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My name is Don Ashford and my wife is Betty and we live in Ethel, LA. It would be impossible for me to write a bio about myself without including Betty in it. We have been together since high school. I was in the senior class of 1955 and she was in the class of 1957. Do the math. We have raised cattle since 1959 except for a little time that I spent with Uncle Sam. We have grazed stockers, owned several cow- calf herds and custom grazed cattle for other folks. I worked as a pipefitter for more than 25 years. Until we went into the dairy business in 1977 we were as most people down here part-timers or week-end ranchers. Later after we had learned enough about MIG to talk about it so that it would be understood by others we put together a pasture-walk group to introduce it to our friends and neighbors. We belong to more farm groups then we probably should but we get great joy working with other people. What makes us most proud are our son and daughter, our 5 grandkids and our 7 great-grand kids. It has been a hell of a trip so far, but we are not done yet.

4 Comments

  1. jane schofield says:

    “Bad farm day”.

  2. jane schofield says:

    My daughter & I call those sad times “bad farm days”.

  3. Kathy Wilson DesOrmeaux says:

    Loved the story Mr. Donnie.

  4. Lynda Ingram says:

    Great article, Don. Ours is a cow named Zoo who is definitely up there in years. Not looking forward to the day that she is unable to keep on.

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