Happy Tuesday from the beautiful South Dakota prairie!
Last Thursday and Friday mornings The Rancher and I moved two groups of cows to new pastures. The cattle were happy in their current pastures and didn’t want to move, so it took a while to get the job done.
While we were waiting for the cattle to pair back up J distributed salt/mineral tubs and filled them; I sat with the cattle. Knowing I would have a long wait I brought my camera and took pictures of wild prairie flowers. It’s one of my favorite Ranch Wife perks.
We’ve had several sunny warm days without rain. It’s just what we need to dry things up and get closer to swathing hay. There are a few neighbors starting to hay, but it’s still wet here and J does not want to mud through the fields. In order for hay to dry properly the field needs to be dry before we can swath.
We will go check fields this morning to see how much they dried yesterday. If it’s too wet to hay J would like to try and summer fallow or fly tag yearlings. It’s time to pull bulls out of the replacement heifers and fly tag them too.
Saturday we headed back to Motorcycle City for a wedding. The neighbors that ranch to the west of us had a son marry his High School Sweetheart. The majority of our community and Small Town affiliation was in attendance. It was a beautiful wedding and fun reception.
We stayed with J’s folks in Motorcycle City on Saturday night. When we got in J’s brother and his family had made it their too. They came to visit for the week and will come out to the ranch in a day or two. Sunday we spent the day with family visiting and relaxing.
Yesterday J made another parts run and had a cow issue he needed to tend to.
I got caught up on book work, sprayed yard weeds and started another project. I wanted to squeeze in one more project before haying and beings it’s a patriotic thing before July 4th would be good too. Kelly at Old Blue Silo made a Pallet Flag with Barn Star. You can visit her blog for the tutorial and I will share a picture of my Flag soon.
June has been a busy social month and next weekend we have another fun event to attend. It’s been nice to be able to get away for a day or the weekend to do something fun and see family and friends. J and I are both ready to start haying. As I was painting last night it crossed my mind that we are in “the calm before the storm.”
Have you started haying on your ranch?