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.
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.
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.
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.