April is simply defined as the fourth month of the year. On our ranch April is anything but simple as it’s our primary calving month. The month started out with a blizzard; the low pressure system really jump started the cows into having babies. Calving season, especially calving during in-climate weather, really makes one realize we are stronger than we think. After the blizzard we fell into our calving season routine. Towards the end of April we finally got a dose of spring weather. Sunshine, brilliant blue skies and warm temps really does a person and the livestock good. Other April tasks included cattle shuffling, working the yearlings, small fencing projects, planting oats and cleaning cattle lots. J’s Sister’s family came to visit over Easter weekend. We had fun dyeing and hunting for eggs with a two year old. It was nice to spend time with our extended family. April ended with a few showers; snow showers that is. Sunday was a rainy day followed by several inches of snow Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday it warmed into the low 50’s with 40-50 mph winds. That will melt snow and dry things out in a hurry. Between the wind and nightly lows in the upper 20’s-30’s J and I spent two nights this week back on night cow checking duty. I’m really not impressed that I still need to wear all these layers of winter clothing for morning chores. I have hope spring is just around the corner.
What was the highlight of your April?