MARCH 2016 | WORKING RANCH | 69 We’re going to go and round up a group of yearlings. It is time to bring them home. WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 4:30 a.m. Barely woke up to Kurt’s alarm clock on his phone going off. Luckily for me, it was sprinkling out, so that delayed getting ready. 7 a.m. Went and let chickens out, then caught a couple horses. David and Kristen showed up a little later and we got everything together for our day rounding up yearlings. We got on the road all in separate vehicles. David in the semi, Kurt in the pick up with the cattle tub, Kristen in another pick up with the panel trailer, and me with a pickup pulling the trailer with horses. 9 a.m. Started setting up the corral that we would round the cattle up into, then we headed out on horseback. Took a while, but we got all 188 heifers rounded up and put in the corral. 1 p.m. We had some foot rot in this group starting to appear. So we ended up sorting off some limpy heifers that we would take home to doctor and treat and also sorted off the spayed heifers that we were going to bring home as well. The other heifers were turned back out to pasture. We will round them up again on Friday and ship them out. That’s sale day. We loaded the rest up on the semi and took off for home. I took the pick up and horses back home. I gotta give myself a pat on the back because four years ago I had never driven a stick shift. Now, they have me driving a stick shift, pulling a loaded trailer, through town, with stoplights, in traffic! Go me! 5:30 p.m. Got home and got the cattle unloaded from the semi. Came inside and had a late lunch/early dinner that Kristen had picked up from Dairy Queen. Then we went back out and sorted off the limpy heifers from the spayed heifers. Then ran the limpy ones through the chute to treat for foot rot. 9:30 p.m. David and Kristen headed home and Andy worked the heifers that we brought home. Then I came home, checked the chickens and made sure they had water, then it was time for a nap. Our dog, Ace, and I appreciated the nice cool house. The guys went and worked on the irrigation motor at the Ericson Place. 6 p.m. I brought the horses in from the pasture. They were ready for a drink. The sky was quite dark to the west of us. But it appeared the storm is going to miss us unfortunately. FRIDAY, JULY 17 8 a.m. David and Kurt went to irrigate, while Kristen hosed out the loading chute and the cattle tub. I did the usual morning chores then got ready to go to the big city of Kearney. I had a day to myself, and I was going to go to the mall, gosh darn it. Stopped at the carwash; and I washed away a couple months worth of dust and dirt off my car and vacuumed the inside. I almost couldn’t find my car in the parking after I was done shopping, it was so clean! 2 p.m. Kurt was still gone when I got home. They had gone to the pasture from yesterday to get the corral picked up and panels put away and pick up whatever else got left down there. I worked in the garden for a little while. I picked a 5-gallon bucket full of green beans and found a cute little garter snake while in the process. 3:45 p.m. The crew came back then headed back out to work on yet another irrigation motor. Don’t ya just love irrigation season? 4:45 p.m. Gathered eggs and filled water for my hens then brought horses down. Kurt and I went and irrigated this evening around 7:30 p.m. Drove by and saw that the end cap had blown out from the end of one of the pipes. Got home around 10 p.m. Had some BBQ beef ribs that I had put in the crockpot earlier that day, along with some garden green beans. They were so yummy! Tomorrow morning means more irrigating, then off to North Platte to check the cattle. Kurt went over to Andy’s to help lay out irrigation pipe. I did my evening chores, then came in and took a shower. 10:30 p.m. Had a bowl of cereal, then headed to bed. THURSDAY, JULY 16 4:01 a.m. That was way too early to comprehend that my alarm was going. Kurt told me to set my alarm to 4:00 but I set it to 4:01. I wanted that extra minute of sleep. Kurt went out to catch horses while I went and let my chickens out and turned off the heating lamp for the chicks. Got to the pasture around 5:45 a.m. and got the horses unloaded and the corral set up and ready. Got everything brought in just as the brand inspector showed up at 7a.m. We loaded up three semi loads of cattle and got them rolling down the road. 12:45 p.m. Met Kurt, David and Kristen in Lex and we all went to lunch in town. 2:45 p.m. I went to Sumner to run a couple errands quick while Kurt and David (L) and Kurt irrigating - Jessa’s favorite chore on the ranch. It’s a busy life, but I love it.
Working Ranch - March 2016
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