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Working Ranch - November/December 2017

Busy & Blessed SEND US YOUR 12-DAY JOURNAL AND THE FAMILY CAN BE OUTFITTED IN WRANGLER JEANS AND SHIRTS! FREE! We’re looking for down-home folks like yourselves to share your daily ranch life with the rest of us. It’s fun to do. Plus, each member of the family gets a pair of jeans & a shirt from the good folks at LONG LIVE COWBOYS.™ “This is the look Craig usually gives me when he sees me taking pictures of him,” says Christy. and making gates. I mixed a batch of feed and fed the calves. Craig is cleaning up one of the feeding tractors and servicing it. Lunch with Chad and Joni then back to work. I spent the afternoon checking my spring calvers. We’ve got about 70 babies on the ground so far. I killed a wild hog while I was checking cows. Didn’t have my A/R with me, but I did have my .44 pistol. Craig and I had to go south of town and take down a barbed wire fence and put up a temporary hotwire so the landlord could do some dirt work on the dam of the pool. Head home and start supper: Shrimp Scampi for JT and I and chicken wings for Craig. Set out some meat to thaw for tomorrow’s lunch. SATURDAY, MARCH 4 Saturday is our Sabbath, our rest day, and we don’t work from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday unless it’s an emergency. It was cloudy and misting rain this morning. I fi x breakfast and get JT out the door to church with my mom. The youth are doing a special mission’s fundraiser for kids in Africa. Clara Belle (my yellow lab) and I checked the 1st calf heifers on the side-by-side. When we got back, I started a roast and a pot of beans. Once I had it cooking, I started on a big pan of spaghetti for a local family in town whose daughter is battling bone cancer. After the spaghetti, I whipped up a big pan of enchiladas for us to eat for lunch. Mexican food sounds good on a dreary day. Clara Belle and I go to check the heifers again after lunch and take a quick nap. JT is headed back to church this evening for youth program practice. Craig and I take Chad and Joni’s daughter, Courtney, out for Hibachi. SUNDAY, MARCH 5 It’s misting rain and cloudy again, but we go ahead and mix a big batch of feed and get everything fed. On our way to Bonham to get a new pipe wrench and some air fi ttings we delivered two round rolls of haygrazer to a friend from church. Grabbed a hamburger from Braum’s. Craig and JT cleaned up the shop while I met some other FFA Booster Club families to take the food to the family I mentioned. Stopped by Chad & Joni’s on the way back, I bought Courtney a pistol and I want to surprise her with it. We mixed another batch of feed and feed the calves as it’s getting dark; they will ship in the morning so we want them to be good and full before they go on the truck. Got cleaned up and went out for Mexican food, we’ll save the pot roast for tomorrow night. MONDAY, MARCH 6 Shipping Day! JT doesn’t have to go to school today since we’re shipping calves. I meet the trucks at the nearest truck stop at 7a.m. and lead them back to the pens. It’s still misting and raining and yucky today but the trucks can stay on the rock to load. We loaded 70 steers on the fi rst truck and 70 heifers on the second truck. As soon as the trucks are loaded and gone, we set in checking cows and feeding. Craig and I met Chad and Joni for lunch at the café. Craig and Chad worked on setting some line posts for a neighbor. JT and I head north of town to check the spring calvers. Craig, JT and Chad are going 72 I WORKING RANCH I NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017


Working Ranch - November/December 2017
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