We are starting to see a beam of light from the end of the tunnel, but we have more work before we get there. After branding last Monday and Tuesday we took it easy on Wednesday. J attended a neighbor’s auction sale and I took a nap. I also got caught up on a few odd house jobs and mowed the lawn. For those of you wondering, I mowed in slicky pants over my wranglers, a hooded sweatshirt and medium jacket. I see the lawn could be mowed again. Thursday a neighbor’s Dad showed up to plant grass/alfalfa for us. This was one of our bigger spring projects this year. It took several days and we are glad to have the seed in the ground. Before planting one field J and I had to pick rock. We walked one end of the field and picked up rocks that could cause injury to farm machinery. Rosie is not a rock picker; she gave up after getting a few stickers in her paws. Friday afternoon J and I sorted off a few pairs to add to the 3rd pasture group. Lucky for us, the cattle were in the opposite corner of the pasture than the gate we needed to go through. It took us all afternoon. Early Saturday morning we moved summer pasture group #2 to the West Pasture in preparation for trailing them to grass. We like to get pairs to the West Pasture and give them a day or two to pair back up and rest before the long walk. Monday morning we moved group #2 to summer grass. J’s folks stayed at the pasture to make sure every calf found it’s mamma while J went home to do chores. J also went to town for fertilizer. Early yesterday afternoon we moved pair group #1 to the West Pasture; we plan to trail them out on Wednesday morn. Monday afternoon J started planting corn! We have two small fields and he got one field seeded. This afternoon he will seed the second field. This morning we are working the last bunch of calves. It’s a small bunch and less stressful than last week’s branding. We are grilling out for the noon meal. In the afternoon J’s folks are heading over to help Cousin T trail pairs to summer grass. We have less than 10 cows left to calf. Those tail enders like to take their dear sweet time! It’s a busy time of year and we are glad to have some sunshine and warm days.
How is your May going so far?