Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday

J had plans for black Friday other than shopping. We had to work the calves that will be sent out west to the feedlot next month.This involved getting 100 calves up, through the chute one at a time, giving 2 vaccinations, and tagging with an EID (electronic identification) tag. I had to keep up with the EID tags, record the number and the corresponding calf ear tag.
This is all for the age and source verification program so we get a premium at slaughter.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


V's JV basketball season started today with a scrimmage.

It's a good thing the score board doesn't show up here well enough to read. Suffice it to say, it's a good thing we even made it into double digits.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Our area has been in a drought for some time now. J is estimating 2 years. The spring that feeds this trough that the horses use and another one at the barn the show calves drink from, has pretty much dried up for now.J has borrowed a 250 gallon water tank that fits in the back of the pick-up truck to start hauling water to fill the 500+ gallon tire troughs up.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Working Cattle

We had to work cattle today. We kept waiting for a good day that corresponded with one of my days off but it never worked out so we did it today in 20 degree weather.We vaccinated and dewormed the cows,
and castrated the calves.
With V and E's help, we worked 46 cows/heifers, and 35 calves in 3 hours.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Snow Day 2

Today's automated call cancelling school came at 6:10 am. I don't think the weather station was even calling for snow until after it started snowing last night.
At least the girls, plus friend J, were able to enjoy the sleds they got for Christmas last year and never got to use.

The wind is supposed to pick up to >20 mph. I'm glad J has gotten a lot of wood.
I guess it's time to do away with the pumpkins and start on Christmas.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Career Day

Our local Elementary School had a career day today. I took Emma as a visual aid. Despite to day being poorly run (4 min. each for groups of 2-6 from 9am to 12 pm), Emma did wonderful.I forgot to take her in yesterday for a bath so I sprayed her with doggy cologne, brushed her well and took hand sanitiser for any of the kids that petted her to use. Of course all 100+ students petted, hugged, and rolled on the floor with her. The nurse sharing the same room requested she not be in with the dog next year because her plastic baby doll wasn't getting the same attention.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Snow Day

The day started out with a 6 am call from the new school alert system to tell us that school would be 2 hours late. Nothing like waking up early to be told you don't have to get up early.

By 8:30 they decided to cancel school. Of coarse this was the time that it stopped snowing.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Show Calves

We've got the girls' show calves now.
We bought V's from a neighbor and picked him up today. He weighs 700 pounds.J picked E's out of our herd. He has been feeding him separate from the ones going out west.
They each have a Hereford heifer to show also. The 5th one at the feed trough is a heifer we are feeding for a beef. As you can see we had a little rain. It had been extremely dry lately so we're not complaining about the mud.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Pergola part 2

More progress on the pergola! I finished the structure today.

Now I need to finish the pathway. I'm thinking about some type of stepping stone path with pea gravel filling in, retained by the plastic landscape edging.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Strip Grazing

J has been strip grazing the hay field this fall. We have a one strand electric fence that he puts across the field to let the cattle have enough grass for 3-4 days. Then he moves the fence to let them have a little more.
Once they get use to this the cattle act pretty crazy. When they see J they rush to the fence. Therefore, we have to move them out of the field before he can move the fence, then let them back in.
They are getting to the point where I don't even scare them anymore.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Fall Decorations

A friend gave me a few pumpkins a couple of weeks ago.
Since we live so far off the road I didn't bother with a Jack-O-Lantern this year, but I am still enjoying the bright orange colors.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Feeding Time

After the calves are weaned the goal is to try and get them to start eating a concentrate feed. It always seems like the scrawny calves take off eating better that the fat ones. J has to haul out 400 pounds of feed in his trusty wheelbarrow. (It's the same one I remember watching my father mix batch after batch of cement in to build rock walls. And carry me around in the yard after picking up leaves in the fall.)
He then pours it into the troughs 50 pounds at a time.

It looks like most are starting to take to it pretty well.

Friday, November 7, 2008


Progress is finally being made on the pergola. After months of looking at a bear patch of dirt I at last made a trip to Lowe's and purchased the necessary supplies.
J dug the post holes for me today. I hope to start on the top tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Working Pens

We recently improved the working facilities at our other farm. I don't have a picture that does justice to the before, but suffice it to say a lot of twine was involved.

Now we have several sorting pens, a loading alley, and a covered head gate. I think things will run smoother the next time we have to work the cattle here.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Trail Ride

We went on a little trail ride Sunday afternoon. The weather was beautiful and the horses all acted well.
J had to make 2 trips to bring the horses since we only have a 3 horse trailer. This is how we waited on him to get Lady from his dad's house.
This was a particularly rocky section of the trail. E no longer apologizes to Pep for making her go across rough ground.
V took the lead with Jessica Rabbit and followed by J for most of the ride. I tried to keep Thumper behind E so she wouldn't be by herself too much.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Oreo has been into quite a few things this fall.After I pulled out a bunch a annuals, raked and swept, I found him in this mess.
He enjoys a variety of different water sources. Here he is drinking from a tire water trough.
He also likes to try and annoy Emma every chance he gets.

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