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Lots of Girls, Calves and Work sucked. She was nice, didn’t give us any issues and the calf got fed so we headed back to the house and turned in. FRIDAY, APRIL 14 Flush day! Jubilee and Riata were up bright and early to go out with Darian to help with milk cows. Brad headed out to drive through the cows and found three new calves. Dr. Hines was to arrive after lunch, so Brad took a couple of girls and loaded a couple of bulls on the trailer to go up to our herd bull pasture and bring the bull with the broken leg home. While they were gone Annalee went out to cake all of the heifer and bull calves. I stayed in and made caramel rolls and tried to get things straightened up so we had plenty of room to set up equipment. We had lunch, checked cows again, and worked on a little bit of fence before they arrived around 2:00. Dr. Hines fl ushed three cows. Once we were fi nished the kids wanted to go fi shing, so we all pitched in and got chores done. The girls, along with my sister in law’s brother and a cousin, headed out west to do a little fi shing. They had great success, and Something was going on with our milk cow heifer, so I sent Annalee out west ahead of me and waited to make sure we didn’t have any issues. She calved fi ne, a tiny little Jersey heifer calf, so I headed out west to fi nish feeding. when Brad was done feeding and we made a loop to get numbers on the new calves we headed home for a fi sh fry. The fi sh was great, the company better, the weather was beautiful and we are all exhausted and ready for bed after a full day. SATURDAY, APRIL 15 Brad went out early to check cows. There were a couple new ones, everything looked good. I decided I would make the one hour trip to Pierre to visit my family and do a little bit of shopping for Easter. While we were gone Brad and Darian worked on fence most of the day. They went to the neighbor’s a couple miles north and gathered up two bulls out of his cows and into a different pasture for him. Late afternoon they went home and gathered some of the sell bulls and an extra calf and drove it down to his brother that lives southwest of us, about an hour drive. We got home around 5:30 and I picked up my neighbor’s kiddos so they (Mom & Dad) could go out for supper to celebrate her birthday. We came home and all had pizza for supper, then set out to get chores done. We took the kids with us in the Ranger to go out to the cows. They don’t have cattle, so it was a joy to listen to them exclaim about the calves and their mamas. Our friends stopped to pick up their girls and we had birthday cake and visited a bit, then we all headed to bed. SUNDAY, APRIL 16 Easter Sunday. We got an early start to get things done before it was time for church. The girls all went to Sunday School at 9. Brad and I stayed behind to work on our annual Easter Bible Scavenger Hunt for the kids, and then we went to church at 10. We came home and checked cows right away. Not much going on so had a late dinner. Brad and I went to check heifers, nobody had checked since just after noon and it was now four. We found one calving, but left her alone for a bit. She ended up needing help, so I snuck 62 I WORKING RANCH I MARCH 2018


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