Busy with Cattle

How is your week going?

Cattle and small projects have kept J and I busy. J’s folks went back to the hills on Sunday and doing chores with two people vs. four takes us all morning.

April 23

Tuesday afternoon we did a big cattle switcheroo. The replacement heifers went to the “Alley Pasture” and yearlings (steers and spay heifers) to the “Bull Pasture.” The cows to calf went back to the calving pasture and we started our third pasture group of pairs.

All went well and Rosie is really proving to be priceless help. At supper time J and I looked at each other and J said “It took us all afternoon, but we got a lot done today.”

April 23

As for projects: We dug out the 4-wheeler auto-gate as some of the more acrobatic cows like to jump over or step through the auto-gates. We also did a little fencing project to prevent the replacement heifers from getting out. In addition, J has been cleaning cattle lots.

With J cleaning cattle lots I was able to catch up on skirt work. I’m glad for the meals and goodies I’ve been digging out of the freezer lately. They are great for filling in the gaps when I’m busy outside and cooking time is limited.

April 23We are on the downhill slide of calving and the cows have slowed down having babies. Thoughts of branding are starting to be discussed and the prairie is starting to turn green. It must be spring!

How are you coming along with calving? Have you branded calves yet?

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11 Responses to Busy with Cattle

  1. Candy C. says:

    Sounds like you guys have been getting LOTS of stuff done! Little #21 is a cutie. 🙂

  2. lisa says:

    Calving weather has just been awesome hasn’t it? Praise the lord! We only have four hiefers left and have only helped a couple. The puller has not come out…yet..lol. lambing has begun. Ewes are in good rig and the lambs are big and healthy! Branding is a way out yet…but charley is gonna move pairs and pg cows out of the calving pasture. He’s tired of them in there and can watch them in the other pasture better where there is more gRazing. Besides the confounded wind…spring is moving forward around here. God bleas

  3. Kim says:

    We don’t brand, but we have been doing cattle “business” this week. We moved 15 pair to pasture since they were getting out where they were. And we ran heifers through the chute to give them Lutalyse and a vaccine before running four bulls in with them. Randy is getting back to planting corn today after a week-long hiatus because of rain last week.

    I’m going to school later today to practice “Pomp and Circumstance.” Two pianos with eight hands (four people) is coming up in May for high school graduation. This is our first practice, so we’ll see how it goes!

    Have a good rest of your week, Robyn!

  4. Alica says:

    Spring on the prairie…yay! I’d be fascinated to see a post about branding!

  5. Nita says:

    I would never make it on a ranch….lol
    Great photos!

    • Robyn says:

      Nita,
      Some days I wonder how I survived, lol! It must be my calling as I get up each morning and do it all again.

  6. Cheri says:

    You guys have been busy. We’ve been busy! Just a few hundred calves left to brand. Angus Bulls go out tomorrow in the heifers. Hereford Bulls out on Tuesday! One Hereford bull is out with the cows now! Ugh! The tyrant! Obviously he couldn’t wait a few days! Lol! We’ve been riding, sorting and branding. Busy, but I love it! 🙂
    Green grass here. And the calves seem to be eating a lot of it! Huge calves and green paste all over the calf chute! Haha!
    Cheri

    • Robyn says:

      Cheri,
      I like the busy days too. They make me feel like I have more of a specific purpose.

      J told me calving heifers in February is just too cold. In the same breath he says when it comes time to turn bulls out he has a short memory. We’ll see if he waits a week this year.

      Glad to hear you have green grass; ours is coming. I see the barley and oats are up and a few buds on the trees. We really need some moisture and less wind would not hurt my feelings. Are you getting enough rain?

      Good Luck as you continue working calves. Mom and Dad got a group worked today and we are tentatively thinking about branding a group sometime next week.

  7. First branding in this part of the country is Tuesday! yip yip!

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