2002 Family Scenes
GAR’s four employees Scott Tune, Dan Strang, Jeff Golden and Dean
Schumacher. These hard workers did the best job of feeding and heat detection during the breeding
season that we have ever had. This has given us the best conception we have ever had.
This sign is on Highway 160, six miles west of Ashland.
Fifty head of the fall bulls that are part of 280 fall bulls that
will be 20 months old by their April 5 sale.
Picture was taken January 15.
Bulls are getting five pounds of 20% cake, hay and grass.
These April 5, 2003 sale bulls were on feed test for 85 days from June 25
until September 18. They gained 5.56 lbs. per day. They were on wheat pasture for 3 weeks in
November. Cows and calves came on the wheat in December and the bulls
went on grass with cake and hay until the last of February.
Cole petting bull S11 as he eats some cake.
Fall born bull calves being weaned.
Brad Tummons, Steve Osborn, Howard Fehlman and Randy White
spent 10 days body clipping last year’s sale cattle. It is a hard and dirty job.
They did it with a big smile.
This clipping crew was working at two different chutes
and doing 80 to 100 head of cattle per day.
This barbershop needs to sweep its floor.
GAR’s A.I. center with the sale headquarters
one mile to the north in the background.
The sale ring the day before the sale. This will seat about 600.
In our lunch room at sale time we have two TVs showing our sale
100 yards away. You can hear and watch the sale, but you cannot bid from this location.
Dr. Lorna Pelton collecting ultrasound data. Before ultrasound,
we collected carcass data on two or three bulls a year starting in 1970.
That would take about three years to collect the data. With ultrasound,
we do all our registered animals, bulls and all the females. GAR has ultrasounded
1,472 yearlings for carcass data this year. Instead of three years to get the data,
it takes three weeks. Our improvement in carcass quality in our herd has been dramatic.
This was supposed to be a picture of seven smiling cousins. Greysen
had a different idea. His dad tried to get him to stand. Greysen said no.
So he gave him to Grant to hold. Greysen said no.
Greysen continues to struggle.
Grant puts him on a tricycle but Greysen is still unhappy.
(Greysen wins 4-0). His smile gene must be heterozygous instead of homozygous.
Halloween is a favorite time for the Gardiner clan.
Such a nice wife deserves a bouquet.
Eva, Amanda and Debbie are the ladies in charge of the next generation.
They have done a tremendous job so far!
Garth, Greg and Mark
On a warm day in late December, I saw these two fellows climbing this
50-foot high red cliff on Little Sand Creek. I was quite surprised that they could do that.
They told me it was not hard to do if you took off your shoes!
Their brother Quanah was their cheerleader.
He told me you could also cheer better with your shoes off. Their dog Comet helped also.
He did not take his shoes off.
Ransom getting a good “toehold.”
With Quanah’s help, Cole is almost to the top.
Jet trails in the sky at sunset.
This young mule deer buck had a broken left front leg, but still jumped
over a fence with ease.
The beaver have built this dam on Antelope Creek using only mud and
cattails to form a good size lake. Their dam is four to five feet high. They are amazing engineers.
The beavers are about to cut this tree down.
Getting ready for his first haircut.
Haircuts are not fun.
Sometimes Brittany feels like choking some of her cousins.
A year ago Greysen was too young to walk; now he’s growing a mustache.
Sierra has survived leukemia from three years ago.
She is a feisty and active little gal with definite opinions.
Nan had a problem this summer with a pigeon. Some of her friends heard about
this story and at a dinner they gave her a poem about a pigeon and then a present. After reading the poem
she was visibly leery about the present. She pokes it with a table knife to be sure it is not alive.
Even after finding that it was not alive she is still leery!
Friend, Carol Seacat, thinks it is very funny.
Jon Means of Van Horn, Texas, has been a long-time customer.
If Mark is supposed to be a supervisor of this group,
his vision looks to be a bit impaired.
Ransom, Cole and their dog Comet prove they can walk on water.
This is obviously not on the banks of the Cimarron.
(Garth and Amanda on vacation on Cayman Islands)
Hey Mom, I swallowed this Cheerio and it came out my nose!
Brittany and Grant “all dressed up with some places to go.”
Debbie and Sierra on their way to “trick or treat.”
April 5 sale bulls taking it easy.
This white tail doe had triplets! These triplets grew very fast all summer
long but their mother stayed in good condition. By the time they were weaned they outweighed their
mother in total pounds weaned. This is efficient production!
Some of that total gain probably was from eating GAR alfalfa all summer.
This wheat field had seven inches of snow on it the first part of December
2002. All the tracks in the snow were made by deer. These tracks covered the field.
Patrick and Ada Gardiner of Idaho are not relatives but traveled on an
Australian tour with us. The hotels kept mixing our luggage. Don and Karen Meador, closer to the
camera, from Texas, have used Gardiner Angus to build their new herd.
GAR sale bulls (April 5, 2003) on wheat pasture in November 2002.
When looking at the bulls or looking at their data, they look very good.
Mark and Eva had a great trip to Australia this last October. Near the end
of their trip they were flown to one of the Stanbroke properties. Stanbroke is probably the world’s
largest cattle operation (around half million head). The two ladies in this picture are both veterinarians.
Around 2,500 Stanbroke yearling heifers.
Mark at Lawson’s Ythanbrae Stud Farm at Yea, Victoria. The Lawsons
get embryos from GAR and have very good sales of GAR Angus in Australia.
Dr. Denholm, veterinary pathologist, bought two of these
GAR Precision heifers at Lawson’s sale in Yea, Victoria, in October 2002.
Manuel Gonzales from Mexico and Craig Means from Texas visit with Nan.
Dan Strang and Scott Tune are two of our four very good employees.
Three generations of Gardiners.
Quanah teaching his dad how to rope.
Greg, Debbie and family had a nice trip to the mountain states.
Grant, Sierra and Brittany
Grant and Brittany on their last summer’s trip.
The site of Custer’s last stand at the Little Bighorn.
A family that travels together doesn’t always sit together.
Sometimes Sierra does not care to have her picture taken.
A mule deer parade.
When this calf was weaned at 10 months of age, he weighed 1,045 lbs.
His recip mother was a commercial Sleep Easy daughter, 11 years old.
Because of the dry weather last summer, the bales were a long way apart.
Last spring’s wheat pasture was very short because of no rain. Some wheat
plants died and the rest did not grow very much, but the cows and calves stayed in good condition.
We did not harvest any wheat for the first time since 1957.
We grazed on wheat until the last of May.
Moving cows on Big Sand Creek. With this year’s drought,
Big Sand Creek is not very “Big.”
Bodie and Craig Means of Valentine and Dublin, Texas,
have been using our bulls for many years.
Quanah and Sierra
County fair parade
Greysen on Clip Clop.
Amanda training on Clip Clop. Her next roping mount?
If Clip Clop is a flop as a roping horse,
Amanda can use this one as a second choice.
Sometimes Amanda ropes better than Garth, but with his new hip,
maybe Garth will get better.
Greysen teaching his dad to smile.
Greysen is celebrating; his two front teeth have emerged.
Buck Rowan from Kentucky has been a good long-time customer.
Mika is a member of Dr. Kirk Gray’s embryo crew. A lot of our breeding program
is possible because of embryo transfers. Dr. Gray and his assistants work very hard to do every small
detail of ET correctly. As a result, we get a very high conception rate.
When you are tattooing newborn calves, sometimes you can catch two at a time.
We only had about 35% of our normal rainfall in the year 2002.
This big cloud went to the east of us.
Garth and Amanda
July 9, 2002, Greysen is 1 year old.
9-month-old Greysen learning to walk.
These two really enjoy each other.
Greysen’s first touchdown on Wagner Field at KSU.
Greysen has a “Clip Clop” that he rides inside the house,
as well as another Clip Clop outside.
Nan and Greysen. Greysen smiles as much as his mother.
That trait must be genetic.
This darn hat doesn’t fit right.
It is hard to stay awake when you have partied all night.
Rick and his wife, and his falcon.
Rick introducing his falcon to Ransom and Cole.
Baby it’s cold outside.
Waiting for breakfast.
These picturesque Llamas are on a neighbor’s place.
A doe and her fawn.
Mark and Eva
Mark, Eva, Cole, Quanah, Ransom
Quanah on “Flash” looking for a cow to chase.
Quanah and his “Flash”
Quanah’s first day of preschool.
“Uncle” Jim Lee reading a book with the boys.
Frank Reed and Cliff Minor working on a gate at Mark and Eva’s.
Eva drew the silhouettes and Frank cut them out. Frank has been repairing and building items for
the Gardiners since he was in grade school.
A home-raised 4-year-old gelding sired by Tee J Jolly Jack.
GAR deer nursery.
I have seen as many as 70 deer in this alfalfa field at a time.
At night there are probably more.
Grant (12 years old) will be in Junior High next year.
Quanah’s 4th birthday.
Greysen is quite a greeter. He can probably get a job at Wal-Mart before long.
Brittany likes nice clothes. Most ladies do.
Jackrabbits used to be more numerous in our area than they are now.
Bales are not just for feeding (Boise City, OK)
Last summer we traveled to Alaska with our friends, the Hughes. When Nan
saw this helicopter, she said there is no way I am ever going to ride in that thing. But she did.
When she got off, she exclaimed,
“That’s the most exciting thing I have ever done.”
Nan and Charlene ready to talk and fly.
Alaskan mountains from the helicopter.
Alaskan mountains from our train window.
Our Alaskan cruise ship, the Ocean Princess.
Libby Riddles was the first woman dog sled driver to win the famous 1,100
mile Iditarod dog sled race in 1985. The race goes from Anchorage, Alaska to Nome, Alaska
and has been ran in 9 days.
That would be averaging 5 miles an hour including "rest stops" in the travel time. Libby
Riddles gave an hour talk on board the Ocean Princess.
Mt. McKinley in central Alaska is 20,300 feet and the tallest mountain
in North America. On a clear day it can be seen more than 100 miles away.
Our Alaskan cruise ship, the Ocean Princess, made its last stop at
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver is a beautiful city.
Cruise ships are very pretty.
Mark and Eva
Look out Lance Armstrong, Quanah is getting faster.
Greysen really likes tractors. Maybe he will be good in the hay field?
Buffalo in the Big Basin along Hwy. 160. They are 10 miles north of GAR.
Yoder, Kansas residents still use this means for transportation.
Yoder is also a good place to stop and eat.
Every year for the last several years, these aerobatic planes with their
pilots come to the Ashland airport to practice their stunt flying.
They will be here for a week or longer.
These planes are very pretty.
A young tame mule deer buck.