Dallee and Gus help
their parents get
the chores done,
come rain or snow.
ground making sure all the bulls came
out of the river. We came up one bull
short but decided while we’ve got them
caught we may as well send them to
their winter pasture, so we spent the
rest of the afternoon hauling them. I
later went down to the river and fi xed
an electric fence to make sure the cows
couldn’t get out into the river.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
We were in store for our fi rst real
cold snap over the next couple of
days. The kids and I decided to grab
a big round straw bale and get some
critters bedded down. First, we bedded
the shed for the milk cows. Then
we went to the dog kennels and bedded
down six dog houses. Finally,
we decided to clean out the chicken
coops, bed them down and freshen
up the nesting boxes.
After lunch, we had to go to the last
league volleyball game of the season.
The girls even won their game! It was
a great way to fi nish up the season.
When we got home we fi nished up
chores and headed up to my in-laws
for supper and to carve pumpkins.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
After milk cow chores in the morning,
we headed a few miles down the
road to help the neighbors gather
their cattle to the corral. It had
snowed so they wanted to have the
pairs gathered overnight in the corral
so all we had to do was sort and
ship in the morning. This was the
fi rst offi cial outing for my 7-monthold
cream Kelpie female, Lila. I put a
training collar on her just in case, but
she did better than I ever imagined.
Ty also ponied our two year-old stud
colt along to see some more sights.
The snow had set in after we got back
home, so I worked on the house a little
and started putting the fi rst coat on
some tags for a group of cows that we
are going to retag at preg check time.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
Off to the neighbors to sort their
calves for sale day. Sorted and shipped
and were home by mid-morning. Still
snowing a little but Ty and I decided it
would be a good time to put up some
electric fences around our home place
to prepare to bring our cattle home
before we sell calves. During this, we
found the missing bull, dead with
his back downhill. After we got our
electric fence up we moved the nurse
cows and their babies down the road
and into the area we had just fenced.
It’s offi cial, we got the fi rst group
home to start our run of bringing our
cattle home to prepare for sale day
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