Cousin T branded his first group of calves the afternoon of May 14th and the second group on May 18th. Most of these pictures are from the first day of branding. Our working crew included Janelle (Cousin T’s wife), the Mechanic, J and I along with a neighbor and his son. The second go around Janelle had to work so Ashleigh came to help. The neighbor brought two of his boys to push calves and Janelle’s nephew helped too.
We have been blessed with more soaking rain. Sunday through Monday afternoon we got 1.20″. It was the perfect opportunity to relax after the busy week we had. I did some much needed baking and filled the freezer with rhubarb muffins. (I harvested rhubarb on Saturday), banana bread, coffee cake and chocolate chip cookies. I am proud to say all the cooking and baking I did before calving season lasted until now.
No one went to town last week and by Memorial Day the fridge was looking pretty empty. Since the store was closed, J and I went to town on Tuesday. I would say two weeks is our max to go with out a trip to the store. No milk, no fruit, a few veggies and less than a loaf of bread. I will admit to having 12 dozen eggs on hand, another result of not making it to town. We also had several other errands to do.
Due to things being wet, J had time to help me in the yard. We moved my container garden tractor rims from the front yard to the back. I’m ready for plants!
Shortly after we were married J decided to get a bow to hunt with; he put up a backstop and target so he could practice. After J sold the bow the backstop has remained standing in the yard. I’ve decided to turn the backstop frame into a flower area. J helped me take the rubber mat down and I’m ready to put my creativity to work. I’ll share the result when I get it completed.
The chicken coop is clean! Check that off my list.
Wednesday I had to mow again. Moisture and sunshine sure makes the grass grow; not to mention the dandelions. I got both yards mowed and mowed around the out buildings. One of these days I need to have J mix up some chemical so I can spray weeds.
J’s Wednesday project was semen testing bulls, he also sorted off cull cows to haul to auction today.
This morning we are headed out to turn bulls in with the yearling heifers.
We are waiting on the last cow to calf and had two babies yesterday.
There is always something to do on the ranch. During the busy seasons we focus on the priority in front of us. Between big projects we catch up on tasks that didn’t get done in the midst of a crazy schedule.
This weekend I have a planning meeting for South Dakota Women in Ag and am looking forward to getting off the ranch for a couple of days.
What tasks are you working on at your ranch?