Summer on the
GM Cattle Co
from the fi eld home to unload. I made
cheeseburgers and potato salad for
supper, then Matt, Braden, & I headed
to Virgil to check cows. Braden rode
his dirt bike while Matt & I drove the
Ranger. We found one cow and calf in
the wrong pasture, so we had to drive
them both into the correct pasture
and get them back with the cows and
bull where they belonged. Then it was
home for some strawberries and angel
food cake and bed!
SATURDAY, JUNE 23
Matt & I took the Ranger over
treated a sick steer for his friend. Then
we headed over to the Hill to check
cows and mineral. It looks like the
cows haven’t even made it into one of
the traps where the grass is waist tall
– so we drove them thru a few gates to
eat that patch down for a while.
Both kids were gone and it was a
really nice day; soon it will be so hot
and humid you won’t want to do much
in the afternoon, so Matt & I ordered
a pizza for lunch and then took off on
the Ranger for the afternoon to check
cows and bulls and put out mineral.
Matt was a little concerned about
a bull we checked the other night, so
we headed over to take a look at him.
It appears he might be a little lame,
so we treated him. Then, we loaded
up mineral in the truck and headed
to our pasture by Emporia – followed
by our favorite Mexican restaurant for
dinner (that counts as a date night –
right?) EDITOR: I did a FB poll, we
have 157,000 followers (thankfully they
didn’t all respond at once); go read ‘em,
they pretty much all agree.
SUNDAY, JUNE 24
Matt hooked onto the bush hog and
mowed a few spots around the house
this morning after feeding. The forecast
has been calling for rain over the
weekend and through the fi rst part of
the week – and we need it. It’s also
why we haven’t mowed down any
more hay. But, they keep lowering the
chances and pushing the rain back –
so if it doesn’t rain tonight Matt says
he will start mowing again tomorrow.
MONDAY, JUNE 25
Woke up to RAIN! Puts a delay on
the hay mowing –but we will take it as
we are very, very dry right now. We’ve
had one cutting of alfalfa, and without
some rain we may not get another.
Matt spent the day in the shop working
on equipment. Matt’s friend who’s
been in the hospital was out and about
today, so they went over together to
check his cattle and treated another
one. I put a roast in the crock pot this
morning, so we had that for supper.
TUESDAY, JUNE 26
Matt decided the rain was probably
over – so he and Floyd started
mowing fescue and alfalfa again and
were at it all day. We got invited out
to supper, so he shut down around
5 o’clock and we all headed out for
“Taco Tuesday”. While we were eating
it started pouring!! Everyone agreed –
mowed hay or not – it was welcome!
But then we heard that Eureka, a
town about 40 miles west of us, had
an EF-3 tornado with lots of damage.
Thank goodness we didn’t have any
damage – but almost an inch and half
of rain. We came home to no electricity
– so we all headed to bed. Thanks
for reading my journal!
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