Whirlwind of growth

There has been so much going on around here... where do I start? Our family was fortunate enough to purchase a parcel of property that seems like an ideal fit for us. It is a fourth generation cattle ranch, with so much history and stories to tell.

We have moved our ewes and lambs up there, and are moving them every few days in to fresh pasture. The irrigated pastures are ideal for the sheep to put on some needed body condition, but the irrigation is also a bad part to the health of their feet. We have been fighting foot problems from the moisture and are trimming their feet every week to try and stay ahead of the bacteria that they are so succeptible to. The lambs are growing great, so it is simply a balance act.

We have so much grass now, that we have added some more cows to our herd. We are now running our original Angus herd, but added some Hereford to the mix. They were all checked out a couple weeks ago and all are pretty darn healthy. We will bring the herd in this weekend and check them all out again. The bull seems to be limping a bit so will be interesting to try and check out his foot. The cows aren't quite as easy to check on as the sheep!

We have a lot of irrigation water that needs to be moved each day. Aluminum pipe gets moved and set up each day to get the area around the house and front pasture watered and kept growing. So much grass that our animals can not possibly catch up to it all.

We saw our first fire helicopter scoop water out of our "new pond". How interesting! There was a fire on the ridge above us and the fire crew was quick to stop it from coming too close. The helicopter scared the cows and they all took off out back - a bit skittish for a few days afterward.

We are all done lambing for the year, but still have a couple cows left to calve. Everyone seems healthy and in very good condition for the summer heat!

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Diellza wrote:
The steaks were out of this world yummy and tedenr. Todd first thought, what a waste of a perfectly good can of beer (but since it's been sitting in our fridge for 8 months or so, he's obviously not drinking it), but it made all the difference in those cubed steaks. Good luck on your quilting I'll look forward to seeing the finished product.Hopefully we are at the tail end of snow for the winter your poor chickens will be snowbound if it keeps up. It's still only 28 deg. here I'm hoping for 50 s sometime!!Kris

Wed, October 3, 2012 @ 9:25 PM

2. Anand wrote:
Yes, he definitely has a royal way of cyniarrg himself, kind of an arrogant attitude if you ask me! Keep reading my blog; you may understand my attitude toward him. : )

Thu, October 4, 2012 @ 6:59 PM

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