PlainSky, Nebraskans: Caking Cattle, Orella Road Pasture

Caking Cattle, Orella Road Pasture

Caking Cattle, Orella Road Pasture

Ray Semroska has been ranching this land for 82 years.

His house, home and ranch were named a Nebraska Heritage Homestead, an honor given to families that have lived on and worked with the same land for more than 100 years.

Ray’s garage is the same building as the one in which he attended grade school.

Needless to say, I’m in awe of Ray and his family. I’ll be going back several times this year to see him and his wife, Doreen. On a cold (very cold!) January day, I followed him as he caked (pellet-fed) the cattle on his enormous ranch in Sioux County; as he cleaned his dispenser in the back of his 30-year-old Ford 4×4, the cattle lined up perfectly for a split second, and I clicked the shutter.

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