Cattle Work, Hay Hauling and Catching Up

We are done with fall cattle work!  I like working cattle in the fall better than branding in the spring.  The calves are bigger and have been sorted a few times.  Also, we load up the alleyway give them one shot (an immunity booster), pour them (pour on is used for worm and lice control) and out they go, no catching every single head.  It takes a smaller crew and seems to be a little less stressful.

November 12

Last Friday we had a not so perfect day to preg-check cows.  It was chilly, windy and tried to rain on us.  We kept moving and didn’t get too cold.  I would rather work in those weather conditions than fight a dry, dirty, windy day.  The cows were very cooperative and we flew through the work.

November 12

I was ready for a slow Saturday!  We mixed the first load of feed with the feed wagon and fed the calves.  J and his Dad went to hauling hay and I got odd jobs done in the house.  I didn’t push myself, but got a lot done.  Sunday I spent much like Saturday. In the evening J’s Mom invited us over for supper.  We had a delicious meal and fun visit with J’s folks, Uncle and a few neighbors.

November 12

Monday J was up and at em early to haul hay.  I was up early too; only I spent my morning baking bread and the chocolate cake J requested.  Baking seemed like a good thing to do while looking at a fresh 2-3″ of snow.

I have been writing for the Lowline Ledger, The American Lowline Registry Publication, for several years.  I have started contributing articles to the Black Hills Simple Life on-line magazine.  Last month I also began writing for the Purple Circle Magazine.

I am very excited about these writing opportunities! I enjoy the challenge of writing and sharing my thoughts.

November 12

A little note, Saturday was the one year anniversary of me being a full-time at home ranch wife.

Last weekend I finished a good book, Mao’s Last Dancer, by Li Cunxin.  Yesterday I started Jane Eyre.

What are some of the good books you have read lately?

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12 Responses to Cattle Work, Hay Hauling and Catching Up

  1. Candy C. says:

    OMG! Has it been a year already?!?
    Congrats on getting the cow work finished for the fall, I’ll bet it is a great feeling, and congrats on the writing! 🙂

  2. Linda W says:

    Like your third photo of the cow. Congrats on your many writing assignments!

  3. cheri says:

    We are winding down s l o w l y! Just a few more bales too haul home. Then all our cull can go to town. YEA! Then its time to gear up and get ready for calves to hit the ground!
    You are a very good writer. I enjoy your blog. I bet the magazine articles are great to read. 🙂

  4. Kim says:

    We gathered bred heifers on Monday and got it done before the cold front came though. The vet comes to preg check them on Thursday. That will be the last group for this fall. I just looked at the Black Hills online magazine and enjoyed the pretty photos. I don’t get as many books read as I used to. I guess I spend too much time on the computer, and, at night, I seem to fall asleep too quickly. Old age?! Among my favorite authors are Jodi Picoult, Charles Martin, Barbara Delinsky, Harlen Coben and Lee Child. If you like mysteries, you might like a series by Diane Mott Davidson. The main character is a caterer, and there are always recipes in the books, too.

    • Robyn says:

      Hope you have a good preg-check, Kim.

      Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors and I have been known to pick up a Delinsky too.

  5. Rose says:

    Wow, want to check out the links…

    Love your shots, specially the one of the single cow.

  6. LOVE that third shot, that heifer (I think its a she) has such a proud stance, her head up. How wonderful for you to have opportunities to write about what you love for those publications! I was able to read your article on the ‘Black Hills Simple Life Magazine,’ it was very good! I also read the article following yours about ‘Mason Jar Lunches,’ that was interesting too. Thank you for coming by to share on Rurality Blog Hop #40!

  7. Carletta says:

    Wow Robyn, you are one busy ranch lady. 🙂
    I love that first shot. It is so idyllic.
    Your writing opportunities sound wonderful – congrats!

  8. Always well written and informative post and gorgeous photography ~ ! ~ thanks, carol, xxx

  9. Congratulations on being a full-time at home ranch wife for a year now, and all the best on your writings♪♫

  10. Buttons says:

    “Full-time at home ranch wife.” Congratulations Robyn I have been for 35 years and there is nothing I would have rather done.
    Congratulations on the writing I am so happy for you your writing is magnificent and I know how hard it is to get published.
    Hard work with the one you love, good food and time with friends and family what more do you need. Take care Hug B

  11. Love your photos 🙂 How I would love to live on a farm and have all that space and beauty!

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