Be­gin­ning of a Beau­ti­ful Friend­ship

The per­fect place to meet new pals might just be down on the farm.

Farm & Ranch Living - - CONTENTS -

These faves from the Barn­yard Bud­dies 2017 Photo Con­test will melt hearts.

We asked for your cutest, your sil­li­est and your most heart­warm­ing an­i­mal pho­tos for our 2017 barn­yard bud­dies con­test, and you de­liv­ered. Thank you for the more than 400 en­tries. We had a fun time look­ing through them. It was tough to nar­row the field down to just our top three, so along with the win­ners, we’ve in­cluded other fa­vorites here.

The grand-prize win­ner, Jes­sica Roberts of Ca­mar­illo, Cal­i­for­nia, re­ceived $250, and the first-place win­ner, Han­nah Stike­leather of Laura, Ohio, re­ceived $100. They, along with se­cond-place win­ner Chelsea Wil­liams of Le­banon, Con­necti­cut, also re­ceived a year’s sub­scrip­tion to Farm & Ranch Liv­ing mag­a­zine.

But even if you missed the con­test, your pho­tos of all things farm and ranch are al­ways wel­come. Go to far­man­dranch­liv­­mit and send them along.


Our fam­ily owns Stike­leather Ge­net­ics, a show pig op­er­a­tion. “Were you raised in a barn?” ap­plies to our son, Briggs. From day one he has tagged along, and he’s de­vel­oped a deep love for Duroc pigs. He can’t wait to start show­ing them this sum­mer.

Han­nah Stike­leather Laura, Ohio 2ND PLACE WIN­NER

My 3-year-old, Rea­gan, loves her an­i­mals. Last Memo­rial Day I was able to snap the per­fect can­did of her talk­ing to a pair of Ayr­shires. The best part is the cows seemed to be lis­ten­ing.

Chelsea Wil­liams Le­banon, Con­necti­cut


Our very first bucket calf was named Lit­tle Red. We took this photo the first time we put him in the cor­ral with our horse Chance. I was lucky to get this shot of them hav­ing some fun to­gether.

Karen Evans Eck­ley, Colorado


Bay­lor, my 2-year-old son, is the sixth gen­er­a­tion on our ranch. Here he stands proudly with his do­gie calf. He was pretty much born in the sad­dle, car­ry­ing a rope in his hand since he could walk. This photo re­ally shows his love for an­i­mals. He’s go­ing to be an amaz­ing cow­boy.

Shelby Hill Tonto Basin, Ari­zona 3. CATCH­ING SOME Zs

Becky Wheeler and her friend Daffodil had just fin­ished a live­stock-judg­ing event. Both were tired but still shared their silent love.

Sandy Kline New Haven, Con­necti­cut


We brought home a runt piglet to raise, and a cou­ple of days later this adorable puppy showed up, too.

They be­came fast friends.

Cathy Cooper Cov­ing­ton, In­di­ana


Our Nu­bian keeps se­cret why she mixes with the sheep. What­ever her rea­son, she is of­ten in their pen rather than her own.

Carol Sch­midt Noblesville, In­di­ana


Com­pet­ing on my horse Frosty, Kenly Kelso, my 8-year-old great­grand­daugh­ter, won a ju­nior princess ti­tle. I raised this horse my­self, and I still ride at age 86. We are the best team, my great­grand­daugh­ter, Frosty and me.

Charles McKay Mount Pleas­ant, Utah 7. BACK SEAT DRIVER

Max­ine the Nu­bian goat is the only mem­ber of the herd at our farm that Derby, the minia­ture don­key, al­lows to hitch a ride on his back. They re­ally do make an amus­ing pair.

Richard Fis­cher Cal­ico Rock, Arkansas 8. THIS LIT­TLE PIGGIE

My lit­tle girl Sa­vanah was born with­out ra­dius bones. Yes, she strug­gles, but the pigs she raises on our farm are help­ing her learn life lessons. In this photo I see the true mean­ing of farm life: strug­gle, per­se­ver­ance, work, joy and new beginnings.

Jes­sica Work­man Min­den­mines, Mis­souri 9. SHE TAKES A LICK­ING

I was try­ing to get Fall, my fa­vorite Jer­sey cow, to look at the cam­era, but she thought lick­ing my face was a bet­ter idea—and turns out, it was! We may look silly, but this is my fa­vorite pic­ture, and I wouldn’t change any­thing about it.

An­nie Mel­ton Dadev­ille, Mis­souri 10. COW­BOY AT HEART

Sa­muel is the big­gest lit­tlest cow­boy in this county and the next, and just like the rest of us, he adores this sandy mare. It isn’t fair to pick fa­vorites, but she’s def­i­nitely one of them. We shower her with “scratchies” and look for­ward to her foals as they are al­ways beau­ti­ful.

Han­nah Strom Lake Park, Min­nesota

Although this goat was not a beloved pet, I adore this photo of it with my el­dest daugh­ter, Ade­line, now al­most 7. This scene played out at a pump­kin patch pet­ting zoo five years ago. The two have the same ex­pres­sion, and even Ade­line’s pig­tails and...

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