It was another warm week in these parts, but J and I didn’t let that stop our desire for fencing. Monday morning we were up and at em replacing the fence we tore out in the “Windmill Pasture” last week. We got our guide wire (also the top wire) strung out, straight and steel posts pushed in.
The picture below is of our Monday morning visitors. The neighbor’s Great Pyrenees guard dog puppies made their way to our deck for a cool drink of water.
Tuesday morning we had .17″ of rain in the gauge; our biggest rain for over a month. J and I had a nice cool morning to put up electric fence and check cattle. In the afternoon, J ran errands in small town and I got caught up in the kitchen. I also did some picture editing and blog post writing.
We started Wednesday by moving the oldest group of pairs to fresh grass. We came home for breakfast, then went back to the pasture to move salt/mineral feeders.
Later in the morning J and I went to look at our CRP. Last Monday the USDA released CRP acres for early haying due to the drought. We can hay half of the acres starting July 16th. J and I were pleasantly surprised that the grass was greener than we expected and the alfalfa bloomed. J started swathing yesterday and we are going to get some nice hay.
I had an another appointment in North Dakota Boarder Town on Thursday. J made a trip to the Hills for supplies.
Part of our current fence project included taking out a “nook”. Friday morning I tore out the “nook.” It was a good job for a cool morning. J had a meeting concerning the water project he is working on. And typical for ranch life, the cattle broke through some fence, one bull was in the neighbors pasture and he had a few calves that acted lost.
Friday turned out to be the first day of three that we had temperatures over 100*.
Saturday morning was “beat the heat” start to our day. We moved pairs at home back to the south pasture. You guessed it, we moved salt and mineral feeders too.
With the extreme heat J and I have been diligent about regularly checking the pipeline tanks and solar wells. Making sure our livestock has all the fresh clean water they need during this heat is very important.
J and I both filled the rest of the day with odd jobs. J was in the shop double checking we were ready to hay again; I helped him later in the afternoon. We got the rake hooked up and moved the swather to the CRP field.
I’ve mentioned before that J and I grill a lot. I’d be lost without the grill. It’s fast, simple and always delicious. We especially enjoy not heating up the house in the summer and having a good meal on the table in short order when we have projects outside.
I picked up a package of chicken thighs and had the crazy idea to marinate them in Amy‘s Shish Kebab Marinade. It’s a favorite at our house and I was feeling adventurous. I love when an idea becomes a delicious discovery!
What are some of your favorite burgers or marinades? How do you keep cool in the heat of summer?