family so we were excited when our
friends asked us to meet them. We
enjoyed our coffees while driving on
the road with the 11 bridges and later
Boston Pizza takeout along the river
near the world’s largest dinosaur in
our vehicles parked side by side. It
was a very cold windy evening but so
great to see friends again!
MONDAY, MAY 4
We woke up to rain!
After studying their rotational grazing
plans, we had breakfast and the
guys headed out on the Gator. Because
of the rain, they didn’t tag many calves
but moved an electric fence for the
herd. We are planning a branding back
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summer. They need to be branded so
they can be hauled out to pasture soon.
Brandon came back home to Linden
with me to set up for the branding
and help with catching up at the farm
while I was at work. I had a socially
distanced lunch with two friends, eating
takeout from the local coffee shop,
sitting far apart in my friend’s shop.
Brandon watched an online auction
up north and bought one cowcalf
pair that will fit well into our
program and tagged some calves in
the home herds. He also hauled some
bulls they are developing off to pasture
and worked on rebuilding some
of the summer pasture fences around
the home. It rained most of the day
so it was a pretty slow day at the farm
and getting back to the ranch it looks
like it rained here all day too which
we are really grateful for!
TUESDAY, MAY 5
We woke to a beautiful day! Brandon
ran out to check the rain gauges and said
it shows seven tenths of an inch! After
breakfast, the guys did the usual chores,
tagging, etc. I went into town for groceries
and fuel for the Gator and quad.
Loving the lower fuel prices these days!
The guys rode off to check the dugout
and grass situation. This was the
8th ride Brandon has put on the colt
he’s breaking doing a 5 km loop and
taking their dogs with them. On their
way back, the dogs were lagging by
a slough, and eventually, Carlo’s dog
came back but our dog Russ, didn’t.
Brandon and I went out on the Gator
to look for him later and after driving
down the Highway we saw him
at an intersection sniffing and walking
in circles looking a little lost. He
was more than happy to see us and
hopped onto the Gator.
A fence the guys had been working
on replacing needed the wires tacked
onto the new posts so I drove the Gator
while Brandon used the air nailer to
staple all the wires on which took a
good hour or so before it was time for
me to run in and make supper.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6
We woke to a sunny day. The guys
did their usual morning routine and I
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