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Working Ranch - November/December 2017

Christy feeding with the mixer. Craig has to work on the overhead plumbing on our feed bin. He fi xed the plumbing so I can add the liquid feed to the feed mix. We have a set of about 50 1st calf heifers at the house that we are calving out, so one of us checks them about every two hours. We had lunch in town today at a new café and it was good. After lunch, I loaded the tank trailer and put out liquid feed in all the pastures. Craig & Chad were working on repairing some rods in the working pens that were broken. After we fi nished for the day, we cleaned up and went to town so I could buy groceries (one of my least favorite things to do). TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 My good friend Joni (who is also Chad’s wife) took JT to school this morning for me, so I got started a little earlier than usual. One of my fi rst calf heifers had twins - are all doing well. Craig and I took a small square of haygrazer (Editor: forage crosses – sorghum, sudangrass, etc.) and caught a few more of the yearlings that we need to sell to make even truckloads. As soon as we have them in the pen, we go back to the shop and hook up the cattle trailers and start hauling them home. We get all the calves home and push the ones behind the shop into the pen then we start sorting. We ended up with about 180 head so we sorted them into two pens of splitting the steers and heifers. We get them settled in the pens and mix a batch of feed so we can feed them. We had to quit about 5 p.m. to clean up to go to a mineral meeting the local feed store was having. We started pulling out of the driveway to go get Chad & Joni and we saw the steers were out and crossing the creek. It was nearly dark and there was nothing but a hotwire to hold them so we knew that we had to get them up before it got dark. We jumped in our old feed truck and started calling them and sounding the siren. Fortunately, the pasture they were in was where our 1st calf heifers are and they are broke to the feed truck. They came running and brought our wayward steers with them. We pushed them all up and sorted the steers out (the last few minutes were by fl ashlight). Since we had missed the meeting, we went to the café and ate a steak before calling it a day. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 Craig went to the “coffee shop” fi rst thing this morning. I dropped JT off at school and dropped off his school uniforms to the drycleaners. Craig had to move some hay around with the semi so we had enough hay to mix feed for the calves and to feed the 1st calf heifers. While he was moving hay, Chad went to feed our fall calving cows and check on them. I worked on getting the tires aired up and fl ats changed on our homemade feed trailers to use in the pens. NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017 I WORKING RANCH I 69


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