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And the winner for America’s most perfectly legible tags goes to… the Roghair girls! day fencing and checking cows. By the time we got home in the evening it was time to feed and do chores. I planted a few more rows of potatoes, onions and a row of carrots ahead of the predicted rain while everyone else was out. It was late by the time everyone was back in and ready for bed. It had been a long day. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 We woke up late to the sound of rain. By 8 we already had around a half-inch. We made a loop through the cows and they were stacked up a little bit in places against the wind. We were having a project day for school, sewing and craft projects for a baby shower we are planning on Saturday. Brad went out right before lunch, the rain had let up a bit and the wind had died down considerable. He called home and said he was coming with a young cow that had a backwards calf and wasn’t progressing at all. We managed to get her in and the calf pulled. Darian got her chores done and she, Annalee and I headed in for Shooting Sports while Brad was feeding. We made it a short night and came home early, as Darian was feeling pretty under the weather. Off to bed and prepare for a new day. THURSDAY, APRIL 20 We ran through the cows early then Brad headed out to check cows for the neighbor. I worked on getting school going and wrapped up before we needed to leave for Sioux Falls to run some errands. We had a mid-morning interruption for a bird watching exercise when several Eastern Bluebirds landed outside of the dining room window. It is fun when we get to incorporate our outdoor lifestyle into our schooling without workbooks and lectures. We ate lunch, then Brad and I left shortly after. Darian and Annalee went out after they had completed their school and tagged up and treated a bunch of calves. Brad and I had fi nished up with our shopping and had a nice supper date. The girls were keeping us up to date via phone on how things were going at home. We arrived back around 10:30. We fi nished getting debriefed; they had a total of nine calves all day and they were pretty sure there were at least three more going when they checked. Nice to have capable helpers. FRIDAY, APRIL 21 It was a beautiful morning. I got the coffee started and Brad and I headed out to check. Out west we found four new ones. Great day for it, the sun is shining and there is a light breeze. Everyone was up bustling about so we got breakfast wrapped up, had a tag painting class, updated calving books, and started school. After we got school and lunch wrapped up, Annalee, Trinity and I took off again to watch one of our nieces at her Junior Senior Banquet for school up near Pierre and tie up some loose ends on the shower I am helping to host tomorrow. It sure seems that we have been doing a lot of running lately. Brad saddled up, and he and the rest of the girls headed out and spent the rest of the afternoon tagging and treating calves. It took the rest of the day, as there were over 20 to be done. We had 17 calves born today, and a few left from yesterday that needed tagged yet. They fi nished up around 7 and then worked at getting feeding done. They didn’t come in for supper tonight until around 9:00. That was a full day and we are all ready to turn in. Good day for a good ending to our journal. MARCH 2018 I WORKING RANCH I 65


Working Ranch - March 2018
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