Late last week we enjoyed beautiful weather. We had temps in the 30’s and little wind. Our temperatures are still in the 30’s, but the wind is a different story. The last few days have been very windy and it sounds like it’s not going to let up for a few more days. I don’t like the sound of howling wind.
The nice weather means the Rancher has outside projects! Due to our lack of an autumn, we didn’t get many fall projects done. One such task is cleaning the calving barn. Usually we tear down all the pens then clear it out. Last weekend we pitched out the pens and J used the BobCat to clean the main part of the barn. We hauled the straw out and bedded down the calves. The barn was not in bad shape as we spiffed it up several while calving last year. We like to start the season with a fresh barn. I liked that we didn’t have to carry lots of panels and try to remember how they all fit together.
This is a picture of the first calf heifers, second calvers, and a few old cows. They know what the sound of a tractor means.
Another warm weather task J keeps on top of is greasing machinery. Whenever he gets a chance J likes go through and grease the machinery we use to feed with. It’s important to keep all those parts moving.
Things are melting around here. We have ice, sheets and sheets of ice. The yard is one big slick spot and the lots are treacherous. The cattle walk with precaution. Maybe the wind will help melt and dry things out.
Our little Rosie girl is growing like a weed! She goes almost everywhere with one of us. We now have her trained to “get in” a vehicle and “ok”, “get out” or “that’ll do” She is starting to show more interest in the cattle. We don’t let her in the corals, but she tries to help. She hears “go to the house!” a lot.
Yesterday, J went to the sale barn. I stayed home and did some cooking/ meal prep for this week. I also wrote a couple of magazine articles. The house was quiet and I took advantage.
What kind of January projects are you working on?
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