About Me

I'm a ranch wife of 27 years and loving every day. We have three grown sons and have one son home to continue our ranching heritage. My husbands family has owned this ground for over 62 years and my family has been in ranching for over 70 years. I love my heritage in ranching and the strong Christian values I have been raised with and have passed to our sons. ENJOY!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

When weather gets above freezing :)

Wow!!! What a difference a couple weeks can make - I was pretty much staying inside over Christmas and New Years cuz of the cold and now....we have run our cows thru and given them Ivomec to help with internal and external parasites. Had a couple of really nice days to do it in. We spent the first week moving cows closer to the house. I took a camera along and got some great shots of our valley from the West end looking east. Cows are pretty easy to move this time of year, they know that we are bringing them in closer to feed. We wanted to leave them on our meadows til the end of January or so because we had so much aftergrowth (we hay the meadows in the summer and aftergrowth is the grass that grows back after cutting and baling)  This picture was taken just a couple days before we had to move the cows closer home. 

 I was taking the next picture from the top of the big hill in the background.  

We had moved our broodmares with the cows 
up closer, so we didn't have to drive so far to feed them. We had to sort them off and push them to the north. They've got a nice meadow to graze and we can feed them hay when its colder.  

I have two old dogs that have shown my boys the ropes of dog obedience in 4-H.  I always had to hide in the car when their turn came up cuz the dogs would always look for me and not pay attention to the boys.  I really tried to have them be the boys dogs but now that they have grown up and on, and aren't here very often - I am their favorite person.  Their age is dictating how far they can go on drives.  The black dog, Skipper, will probably start staying at home more.  This day was almost too much for him.  

We moved just under 600 head across the valley.

My most excellent horsemen and camera shy cowboy sons Stetson & Sterling  !!!  :) 
Now.... I had intended on having pix of us running the cows through the chute but they day went well and I never had the chance to pull a camera out of my pocket.  :(  Good that we got them all down in just about 3 hours but I had hoped for some pix - maybe next time.  

Ok - I also must back up about week - Cash (hubby and my Marlboro Man) and I decided to go snowmobiling.  As we were leaving the valley we found Stetson in a bit of a pickle... notice Cash's grin and Stetson's disgust!!  
I watched him dig while Cash went back for a tractor.  
His efforts, which were excellent and a definite effort...
yielded no results!!!  :(

So here came the dad to save the day!!!!

So the tractor went back to the house and Cash and I sent on and snowmobiled.  

And yes, we had a great time... more later - maybe more snowmobiling pix cuz we did check wells that day or.... maybe ditch digging with the excavator we've got rented - so that's all he does cuz he's only got a month with it,  anyway - lots of choices so til later.....


1 comment:

  1. Great start. Excited to read more from you!!

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