Friday, September 21, 2018
   
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Women run this ranch

Evert sisters-in-law care for cattle, families and more.

During calving season, their day begins and ends in the dark—7:15 a.m. finds them driving their daughters down the gravel road to meet the school bus.

With her 2-year-old in tow, Virginia Evert and her sister-in-law, Rachael Evert, then head to the calving pasture to feed and check pregnant heifers, tag babies and more.

Sometimes they pull a calf from its mother with chains and a wench when the heifer is struggling, a handy skill Virginia learned when she worked at Eastside Animal Center.

Daylight hours are spent feeding weaned heifers in another pasture, checking bulls on cornstalks and moving electric wire posts when cattle are relocated to different fields.

The women carry rifles in their pickups for protection against rattlesnakes or anything else that could harm them, their children or the herd.

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