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Good winter reads for cattle ranchers

If you are looking for a Christmas gift or just a good read about life on a ranch, longtime Grainews columnist Heather Smith Thomas has written three excellent books that fit the bill.

In these volumes, Thomas has captured the essence of the joys and challenges of working with cattle and horses over her lifetime as an Idaho rancher.

Horse Tales: True Stories from an Idaho Ranch is a collection of 22 stories about the horses that helped define the author’s life in Idaho ranch country — a unique memoir infused with the wisdom that can be acquired only through an existence built around livestock and the land, along the way sharing lessons on life, family and stockmanship. 282 pages, paperback.

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Cow Tales: More True Stories from an Idaho Ranch (325 pages) is an entertaining and compelling collection of autobiographical essays detailing her family’s adventures raising cattle in the challenging ranch country outside Salmon, Idaho. In the tradition of James Herriot (All Creatures Great and Small), each story centres on a particular animal or aspect of animal husbandry, offering insight into the resourcefulness required to manage a cattle herd, and a heartwarming look at human-animal bonding.

Ranch Tales: Stories of Dogs, Cats and Other Crazy Critters, the third book in this series (273 pages) consists of stories about the memorable horses, ranch animals and wildlife that populate a working ranch.

For signed copies, contact the author directly at Heather Thomas, Box 215, Salmon, Idaho 83467 (208-756-2841) [email protected] (check ahead for prices and postage.) And if you are an online shopper you can find the titles on Amazon.

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