Winter’s Chores

Carter County, Montana is home to around 1,200 folks spread out across nearly 3,500 square miles. Yet, Melissa DiNino and I were able to track down the county's newest residents - our elusive friends, Jenna and her husband Ian. They're newly appointed ranch managers and have their hands full with calving season just around the corner.

With a break in the recent round of winter storms, we hitched along for a ride as Jenna went about the daily chores and broke in a new pair of Tecovas.

 
Buttes in Carter County, Montana
Hay bales under winter snow.
Deer eating hay bales during winter.
Using the pickup truck to get hay bales during winter.
Jenna Flatgard driving the truck during feeding.
A cow heading through the snow of eastern Montana.
Unrolling hay with Jenna Flatgard and Melissa DiNino in Carter County, Montana
Cows coming to feed during winter in eastern Montana.
Jenna Flatgard and Melissa DiNino unrolling hay for feeding in eastern Montana.
Cows feeding in eastern Montana.
Tecovas boots in eastern Montana.
Jenna Flatgard putting Tecovas on in her barn in eastern Montana.
Jenna Flatgard preparing to get her horse in her barn in eastern Montana.
Jenna Flatgard wearing a Tecovas hat while brushing her horse in her barn in eastern Montana.
A horse inspecting its brush in eastern Montana.
Jenna Flatgard wearing Tecovas while working her horse in her barn in eastern Montana.
Jenna Flatgard wearing Tecovas while working her horse in her barn in eastern Montana.
Jenna Flatgard wearing Tecovas while working her horse in her barn in eastern Montana.
Jenna Flatgard saddling her horse in her barn in eastern Montana.
Jenna Flatgard wearing Tecovas while working her horse in her barn in eastern Montana.
Jenna Flatgard wearing Tecovas while pausing in the sun in eastern Montana.
The tractor coming in during sunset in eastern Montana.
Cows coming into the barn during sunset in eastern Montana.
Cows at sunset in eastern Montana.
Jenna Flatgard walking through the cows during sunset in eastern Montana.
Sunset on the ranch in eastern Montana.
Sunset on the prairie in eastern Montana.