Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spent it. Once you’ve lost it, You can never get it back. ~Harvey MacKay
God continues to bless us with a beautiful autumn. As those of you involved in agriculture know, the weather is a huge part of our life. Crisp mornings (temperatures in the 30’s) that warm into sunny afternoons (temperatures in the 60’s) with little wind are awesome.
The next three cattle pictures are from Friday morning when we moved the bred heifers (aka First Calf Heifers).
Sunday morning Cousin T called with the message that one of us had a calf out. T and J decided they had enough time before Church to check things out. They didn’t find anything amiss.
Monday Cousin T saw said calf and sent Roy out on his 4-wheeler. J and I met Roy at the pasture. It was our calf and we got it back with his mother. After a visit with Roy, J and I checked wells and looked the cattle over.
Monday evening J and I went to Cousin T’s for supper. We had out of state relatives passing through and went over to spent time with them.
We drove to Cousin T’s in the rain. Tuesday morn we had a half inch in the gauge!
Due to the moisture, the projects J had in mind were put on hold. J did odd ball jobs outside and I baked chocolate chip cookies.
First thing Wednesday morning we set out to move the bred heifers. It was foggy when we left the yard. By the time we got he heifers moved it was so foggy we could hardly see.
It was after dinner before it was clear enough for us to see. J and I set out to move the oldest group of pairs home from summer grass.
J and I did dirt work on Thursday. Last week I mentioned that J had a couple cement projects. Thursday we hauled a little gravel and packed it around the new cement to finish up the project.
Friday morning we moved the bred heifers again. J and I moved them to the “west fields” so they can graze oat stubble. We gathered the heifers and let them get good drink before moving them. I had my phone with me and captured a few shots at the tank. Yes, I broke the rule that one is not to take photos into the sun. But, I think I got away with it…this time.
J and I were up early and out of the house before Saturday’s sunrise. We met Cousin T and Roy at summer pasture and trailed pairs home. Again, a crisp early morning that turned into a nice day to work outside. By late afternoon, all the calves got paired up with their mothers and filled back up after their big walk. It’s a good feeling to have all the cattle home.
Yesterday began the last full week of October! The months have been flying by and I told J 2016 has been quick. Our cattle are home from pasture and we are weaning calves late this week. Next week we are shipping calves and ultrasounding cows. Didn’t we just take a breath from calving?
With that thought I leave you with a couple quotes:
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. ~Michael Altshuler
Time flies. It’s up to you to me the navigator. ~Robert Orben
I hope you enjoy your last week of October. Good Luck as you wean calves, ship cattle and harvest crops!