The Busyness of May

May is one of the busiest months on our ranch. It’s also a transition month as calving season draws to a close. After we brand calves and get pairs to summer pasture, we look forward to a slightly slower schedule. J and I played musical pastures last week. Monday we brought the bulls home. We sorted off the bulls we are going to use to … Continue reading


Tulips and Heifers

It feels like the past week was a wild one. There were few dull moments and we got a lot of work done. We started the work week with a big calf branding at Cousin T’s. Over the last few years we have been planting the farm ground back to a mix of grass and alfalfa. We don’t have the … Continue reading


A Big Branding Day

Last Thursday we had our first of two brandings and the bigger of the two. J, J’s Dad and I pecked away at setting up and gathering supplies. J’s Mom and I pecked away at preparing a meal for our cattle working crew. Tuesday afternoon Uncle Doug arrived! The crew was here and headed out to gather cattle at 6 … Continue reading


May Day

Happy May Day! “The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day. When the sun is out and the wind is still, You’re one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, a cloud come over the sunlit arch, And wind comes off … Continue reading


The Fickleness of April

Oh the lovely fickleness of an April day. ~W.H. Gibson Fickle is defined as an adjective meaning likely to change or causally changeable, irresolution and instability. This seems an appropriate way to think of April and ranching as individuals. The combination of the two can make for an adventure! The past week we have had wind, sun, rain, blue skies with big puffy … Continue reading