Calves are heeled
and brought into
the Nord Forks.
the clean-up began.
It took us probably two hours to get
the trash picked up and head back to
our own home. I got the laundry going
and dirty dishes into the dishwasher
quick before I started the kids on their
school work for the day. We were nearing
the end of our school year, so it
was mostly fi nishing up workbooks
and getting ready to take their end of
the year online Achievement test.
We have two extra bedrooms in
our home so one of them we turned
into a little classroom. The kids are
usually able to get their work done
for the day in two or three hours;
it works pretty well for our family.
Home schooling was one of the best
decisions we ever made.
Once the kids were fi nished, we
got lunch out of the way and loaded
up the truck to head out to one of
our pastures and walked eight miles
of fence so cattle could be hauled in
after branding. After we had removed
a couple of trees that were on top of
the fence after a storm that had passed
through a week before, we went home
and started chores. While the last bale
is fed, I take Wyat, our youngest and
we do the feed inventory.
SUNDAY, MAY 20
Today is the day we brand cattle! We
have to have the horses caught and saddled
by six a.m. We get them brushed
down and saddled, letting them eat
a scoop of oats while we prepare the
working pens. I make sure the vet box
is in order; syringes, vaccines, my cow
book is ready for writing down each
cow and calf tag of the ones worked,
and the vaccines are accounted for and
ready in a cooler.
Our cow dogs Ranger and Stubby
start barking excitedly as my parents
arrive on the dot. They unload their
horses, and we ride out. The cows are
easy to fi nd; we circle behind them,
and herd them toward the corner of
the pasture built intentionally like a
funnel. It leads the cattle into the wind
break pens where we can then close
the gates and sort them from there.
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