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Working Ranch - March 2018

Lots of Girls, Calves and Work 12-Day Journal of Shawna Roghair MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017 We woke up yesterday to .41 of much needed rain after an evening of thunderstorms. We have been calving for a couple weeks and are getting close to our AI synchronization dates, so could be getting a lot of calves. Brad, two of the girls and I went out right before lunch to check as well as tag and treat some of the calves from the day before. It cleared off into a beautiful day. I went out and let the heifers back out to pasture after lunch. The sun was shining, water was running and you can almost see the grass growing. We all rested in the afternoon after the long night. We ate supper then headed out to work on chores. Brad headed out in the tractor and the rest followed and opened gates in the Ranger. We didn’t get any more new calves and it was a beautiful evening to be out. TUESDAY, APRIL 11 Brad, Darian and Jubilee left early in the morning for Sheridan, Wyoming to a production sale where we have been looking at some registered Red Angus heifers. The rest of the crew worked on school until 11, at which time Grandpa Mel picked Mesa up for the hour drive to Pierre for her violin lesson. Those of us at home headed out to make our rounds. We ran to our nearest town, Murdo, after lunch for antibiotics. While we were in town we dropped off eggs to a neighbor and picked up supper at Subway because we knew we weren’t going to have a lot of time once we got home. We picnicked on the pickup fl atbed then got right to work. This was by far the biggest calving day yet. New ones everywhere. We headed back to start on evening chores. Brad and the girls got home around 10:30. Brad decided to make one more check before turning in. Ten minutes later he was back, had a cow with a leg back. We managed to get her in, get the calf pulled alive and all was well. Brad went to fi nish his check; altogether we had 12 calves born today. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 Brad and I headed out in the Ranger early to make a check of everything. We found a few new calves out of cows we had suspected the night before. All was well. Brad and I had to make a trip to town again to the vet, bank and post offi ce. Once we got back Brad saddled up and he and the girls headed out to tag and treat calves. The girls came back and Annalee and I brought the milk cow and calf up to the barn from the pasture so we could get her started with milking. After chores were done I took the two oldest girls into Murdo to shoot .22 for 4-H Shooting Sports. While we were gone Brad had gone to check cows for a neighbor and then up to check our herd bulls in a pasture north of us a ways. Unfortunately, he found our good heifer bull with a broken back leg. Not a thing a person can do, but a bad feeling nonetheless. Brad fi nished up feeding while we were gone also, so once we got home we all headed to bed. THURSDAY, APRIL 13 The fog was thick when we got up this morning. Darian was up bright and early getting milk cow chores completed. I headed out alone to try to check heifers in the fog. I didn’t fi nd anything new. I came back for coffee and Annalee and Brad came out and we all went to check cows. The two oldest girls and I headed out to bring four bulls up out of the pasture to the corrals. They were being pretty obnoxious this morning, but we managed to get them in no problem. We got them loaded in the trailer and Brad, Darian and JD headed out to deliver them to three of our bull buyers. The rest of us worked on school until lunch. Brad called from the pasture out west to say someone needed to come out and get one of the cows that had calved in the afternoon; the calf hadn’t sucked. I went out and opened gates and helped Brad put hay out for the cows we are feeding in the lot for the recipients. We ate supper late then Darian and I headed back out to work on the cow with the calf that hadn’t Finishing up chores after a long day calving. Helps to have a full moon. 60 I WORKING RANCH I MARCH 2018


Working Ranch - March 2018
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