Sometime after I went to bed on Friday the 5th and before I woke up on Saturday we got .40″ of rain!  I heard the rain during the night and was comforted by the pitter patter I have not heard since last summer.  We had a few little showers pass by on Sunday as well.  Yesterday morning it was raining and we had another .20″ in the gauge.

Monday morning, The Rancher and I tagged calves at daybreak, in the rain.  We waited for the rain cell to pass and headed out to start chores.  J and I were on 4-wheelers while J’s Dad ran the tractor.  By the time we got done feeding it had rained, iced and started to snow.  We were a wet mess when we came in for dinner.

We spent the afternoon bringing calving cows into the barn.  It’s much simpler to let the cow carry the calf in and easier on the calf to be born out of the wind, cold and wet.  We only had a couple born outside.  Needless to say our barn is full of new pairs.

At night during storms, we bring the cows close to the barn and check them all night long.  As we bring calving cows into the barn we rearrange things to make room for the newbies.  There is nothing like the first cup of coffee after being up during the night with calving cows.

April 9

As the cows calve we sort pairs into summer pasture groups.  We got the first group filled late last week.  Saturday we moved cattle around so we could start group 2.  I spent lots of time on my 4-Wheeler.  It was a beautiful day to move pairs.

April 9

J started seeding oats Thursday April 4th.  He seeded on Friday and has one more field to go.

1.  J’s Dad works the field before J plants.  This is a picture of a field ready to be planted.

2. The first oat seed goes into the ground.

3.  The Rancher seeding oats to raise hay for our livestock.

April 9

Sunday the Rancher went to a neighbor’s auction sale; I stayed home to watch the cows.  I was more than happy to have most of a day to catch up on laundry, prep food for the next few days and take a much needed nap!  It’s nice to feel caught up before a storm hits.

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12 Responses to Moisture!

  1. emily says:

    Looks like you are in for some moisture, stay dry!

  2. I love reading your chronicles and your photos of the calves are so good! …. my mother was a ranch wife who took her shifts during calving season (120 head of registered Herefords). In late spring, the cattle were moved to the rangeland 6-8 miles away; they were moved with horses. She’s almost 93 now, and I know those were the best years of her life. My dad died when she was 60.

  3. Oh the busy life you lead…I love reading about your day to day activities and I know this…..I don’t think I would make a very good ranch-wife. Hope you get all the spring rains that you need to ease the drought….it even rained here in Phoenix last night!!

  4. Karen says:

    When I first read your post, I thought it read 40 ” of rain and I thought – Holy Moly, when it rains it pours! – oops. It’s good you got a little rain, though – hopefully more will be on the way.

  5. Buttons says:

    Oh Robyn look at those faces so cute.
    Sounds like you are very busy pace yourself Hug B

  6. Robyn, I’ve really enjoyed your post. So interesting to get insight into your life on the ranch. Your photos are fabulous!

  7. Carol says:

    Wow! Lots of rain ~ but great photos and post ~ Wonderful! ^_^

  8. alicia says:

    So much beauty with farm life. Love the newly planted fields! Thanks for linking up at Project Alicia today! 🙂

  9. Anne Payne says:

    I’m worn out just reading about your day! Pretty sure I’m not cut out to be a rancher 🙂 Do y’all raise your cattle for beef?

  10. Candy C. says:

    Hooray for some rain!! 🙂
    I really enjoy reading about what ya’ll have been up to, what a lot of work but I’m sure it’s all worth it!

  11. Wow Robyn, I’m tired just listening to you! I love your new header with all those sweet little calf faces… and that wide open prairie being prepared for planting is wonderful… Thank you for sharing on ‘Rurality Blog Hop #10!’

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