It feels like the past week was a wild one. There were few dull moments and we got a lot of work done.
We started the work week with a big calf branding at Cousin T’s.
Over the last few years we have been planting the farm ground back to a mix of grass and alfalfa. We don’t have the best quality land for farming and we need the acres for hay. Last week a neighbor come in and sprayed weeds. Another neighbor seeded for us. We can check this project of the list as our spring seeding is done. Now we need a nice rain.
Uncle Doug stuck around for most of the week. J and Doug set several corners at home and built a new gate. We’ve been needing a second gate to go from the calving pasture into the “Milk Cow” pasture. This is one of the gates we use a lot when we take out pairs. The new gate is a great improvement over the old rusty fence stretchers we were using to open and close the makeshift gate.
J and Uncle also got around the summer pasture fence. Another good job done and one step closer to taking pairs to grass.
While the guys were fencing I did the spring clean on the chicken coop. One bad thing about a long cold snowy winter is not being able to let the hens out. Two loader buckets and an hour and a half later, the girls had a clean coop. We even took time to debeak the hens. One of the girls is determined as I’ve had two broken eggs after we debeaked them.
The other task I got done while the guys were fencing was mowing. It was a long dirty job as J had me do extra mowing around the out buildings. One thing I like about mowing is the instant gratification of the yard looking nice. The pretty yard is usually short-lived as the new crop of dandelions don’t waste any time popping back up. I think they came back double thick this go around.
J took a load of cull cows to town on Friday. I stayed home to catch up on housework and laundry. I love opening the windows to air out the house and hanging laundry on the clothes line. A couple of my favorite things.
We have been using the replacement heifers to graze the tree strips along the driveway. I couldn’t help but notice the elegance of morning light and take pictures of the girls in the trees. When J got home on Friday, we moved the heifers to the west pasture. They are officially out on grass for the summer!
Saturday we helped Cousin T trial pairs to summer grass. We had a beautiful morning for a 4-wheeler ride and the cattle moved good.
I will report that we are dry on the prairie, very dry. The Palm Sunday rain and rain we got the Wednesday after Easter were a blessing. Even with those two rains our area is moving into a critically dry state. The weathermen are watching a rain system that could bring us some much-needed moisture this week. We’re keeping our hands folded, our ears on the news and eyes on the sky.
What is the moisture situation like in your area?