Cattle Work and Oat Hay

I hope all of you had a great 4th of July!

May we keep in mind the courageous and dedicated men and woman serving in our armed forces.  Thank You for your loyalty to our country, so that we may enjoy the freedoms and democracy that we have.

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The Faces of Mount Rushmore remind us of the Freedoms that these past presidents achieved for our country.  Fighting for independence from England, establishing the principles that our country is ruled by, bringing an end to slavery and changing the political system of the United States.

We have the freedom to act and live as we choose, without being subject to any undue restraints or limitations.  To work towards life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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The morning of June 27th J’s Dad, Brother and I set out to move a group of pairs. The pasture we took cattle out of has many big deep breaks (a/k/a canyons) that we needed to ride, there were waterers to turn off, salt/mineral boxes to collect and redistribute, and a solar well to turn on in the fresh pasture. By the time we got all that done and calves settled down it was almost noon.

The next morning (Tuesday) we were up early hauling bulls to turn out with the cows.

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Wednesday we had two rain showers, one early in the morning and another late afternoon. Between the two showers we got .31″ of rain. The end of last week we had several days of cool temperatures. Cool being highs in the upper 70’s. Independence day brought back typical July weather, hot, windy and dry.

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Wednesday afternoon the last of the prairie hay was dry enough to bale. J and I got it wrapped up, equipment moved home and serviced.

J started the first morning of July cutting oats and finished cutting yesterday by noon. We attempted to bale the first cut oats yesterday afternoon; they were too wet. We shall try again today.

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The timing with the moisture worked out perfect. Thursday morning  (June 30th) we pulled bulls out of the replacement heifers and fly tagged them. It got a little hairy getting the girls in as they easily found the gates J and I forgot to close. Good thing they are pretty loyal to following the pickup and Rosie is always willing to help. I sorted cattle in the back and kept them moved up the alleyway to the chute. J did the fly tagging. It was a good task for a cool morning.

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J and I went to the Hills Friday afternoon. We gathered with J’s family for a belated birthday supper for J’s Dad. It was fun to have all 12 of us together. The rest of the weekend was spent at home. While J cut oats, I got caught up on household stuff and book work.

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How did you celebrate Independence Day?

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3 Responses to Cattle Work and Oat Hay

  1. Alica says:

    A solar well? Cool! I guess it would be a little hard to run electricity all over the prairie to run the pumps! I had never thought of how that works. You guys have been busy! I can imagine that the heifers are good at finding open gates. Heifers must be the same everywhere! 🙂

  2. Kim says:

    We got more rain, so we are at a standstill with harvest – again! We have 270 acres to go, but it’s going to be awhile after 4.5″ of rain. We need to swath alfalfa, but it’s too wet for that, too. We checked a pasture yesterday AM and Randy tried fishing while I read a book. It was a nice, cool morning. We went to a town about 30 minutes away to watch their fireworks. Randy said he’d gone there when he was a child. There was a big crowd for a small town! We weren’t the only outsiders, I don’t think!

    Good luck getting the oats baled!

  3. Darcy says:

    Sounds like you’ve had ideal weather. 🙂 Love your thoughts on freedom at the beginning of the post. Happy 4th!

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