Oh what a week. I did my best to take one day at a time and I can say I’m still alive. Moving slow, but alive.
We treated J’s Dad to Father’s Day Buffet in small town South Dakota. The establishment traded hands and we had not tired the Sunday buffet since the new owners took over. It was delicious and the place was busy. It’s nice to see a young couple, I would guess them J and I’s age, take over a local business and I hope they succeed.
Haying Season has kept us busy. J started swathing on Thursday June 16th and we were baling on Friday afternoon. They hay crop is poor, very poor. We think the combination of early warm spring temperatures, late spring freeze, drought and bugs was too much for the plants. J is hoping to get the last field of prairie hay cut today and he oats will probably be ready to swath this week.
I’m not used to having the baler man, J’s Dad, wait on me as he is baling faster than I rake. I might add that I tend to the slow and cautious side of things and some of our fields are rather rough due to mole hills. None-the-less we are putting up a few bales and it has gone pretty good.
Wednesday I made a trip to North Dakota border town.
Thursday J’s brother and his family arrived at the ranch! They are here and will be so for a week. J’s brother loves to crawl in a tractor or swather and get away from cooperate america. Our Sister-In-Law and nephews are fun to visit with and we always enjoy our time together.
We were up very early Friday morning. J and his brother went on a parts run. The folks, nephew and I moved cattle. We rotated the replacement heifers and the pairs at home to fresh pastures.
This morning we are moving another group of pairs to fresh grass. Tomorrow the bulls go out with cows.
Last December J and I decided to attend the South Dakota Prime Time Gala. The Prime Time Gala is a relatively new event in our State. It is a fundraising event for Feeding South Dakota and closely tied in with the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association. This event raised $212,000.00 for purchasing beef protein to be distributed to South Dakotan’s in need.
Our good friends and college peers have been trying to get us to go for the last couple of years and we decided to drop everything and take in the event. We had the opportunity to catch up with friends, business associates and cattlemen. We also met new couples active in our industry.
Here’s to haying season, family, friends and new adventures. It was quite the week and this morning we hit the ground running.
How is the hay looking in your area? Did you do anything fun last weekend?