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Another Book about Cattle!

A writing project I’ve been working on for over a year finished up this week.

But, really, it is a writing project that I thought sounded like a neat idea way back in 2010 when I met these wonderful families. As I heard stories about the early days of introducing Charolais into South Dakota and got to know all three generations at the ranch, I couldn’t help but think:

Someone needs to write this down!

Last fall, I started to write some of the web and print content for WCR and that eventually spilled over into getting some of the first generation family ranch stories down on paper.

This spring, we decided we had enough material for a book and set a goal to finish the project by September 29th, 2014 for their Legacy Sale. It was the perfect time to publish this memoir with the early ranching history of Charolais cattle in Kingsbury County and South Dakota.

As a writer, it takes time to “find your niche”.

After this book & the Wild Man book, I think I’ve finally started to find mine.

Family legacy and history are both really important to me. I love old photos. I loved scanning the pictures out of their old family scrapbooks. I enjoyed preserving these precious family stories for great-grandbabies that aren’t even born yet. Here’s the official title, subtitle and back cover introduction to the book.

This is Charolais Country

The History of the Wienk Charolais Ranch and South Dakota’s Pioneer Charolais Seedstock Herd

In 1958, Arnold Wienk read an article in Farm Journal magazine about crossbreeding with Charolais cattle. At the time, the new French breed was virtually unknown in South Dakota. By the end of the year, Arnold had married a local girl, Carol Casper, and helped introduce Charolais cattle to Kingsbury County, South Dakota.

The newlyweds spent the rest of their marriage raising five daughters and Charolais cattle. They developed a nationally and internationally recognized Charolais herd – producing and promoting well-known sires such as Mac 809, Duke 261, and Tradition 066. The Wienks’ daughter and son-in-law, Jeff and Jody Eschenbaum, became partners at Wienk Charolais Ranch (WCR) in 1985. Grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Sterling and Courtney Eschenbaum, became third generation partners at WCR in 2010.

Always hard at work on the ranch, promoting the breed, or keeping up with their 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, Arnold and Carol spent little time discussing their past – until now. Enjoy these untold stories of the early years at WCR, from efforts to secure loans to struggling for a Charolais Show to be included at the South Dakota State Fair.

These family ranching stories will inspire all cattlemen and cattlewomen who hope to make a contribution to their breed and the beef industry.

If you’re interested in purchasing a copy, it is available through the Wienk Charolais online store.

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Hey, I’m Sierra Shea! I am so glad you are here. 

Where do I start with writing to introduce this blog? At the beginning, I suppose: I’ve been writing on various platforms online since 2013. I started blogging shortly after moving to South Dakota.

I am a mother and a maker at heart. I’m so grateful to be married to John and mother of three: Joslyn, J.D. and Jesse.

I am a self-taught decorator and designer. I am a brand new shepherdess and a Spiritual Director.

I love living in South Dakota, even though the winters & the wind can be a near-daily struggle.

Blogging is a grounding force in my life and it helps get me out of my head, unstuck and moving in the directions I always hoped I’d be going!