28 February 2012, Tuesday, 1251, Liberty Middle School Library
Okay, three weeks is not so good, but it's better than 6 months.
Finally got some more calves in the pens. I was putting out hay the day after my last blog. I opened up the gates to the calf patch to put down some hay and the cows followed me. When I saw that I had at least four calves, I shut the gate on them. We had a total of six new calves, but alas, the next day, the dogs started chasing them and two of them jumped out. Still, we will have had most of our calves weaned. The others might get sold depending on how they act. We do not want to raise another crop of crazy cows. Well, at least not as crazy as they are now.
Yesterday, I made a bunch of trips to the hay field and brought back the rest of the hay. It felt good to finish something. I will put out hay three more times. Dad and I decided to start stretching the hay. I will put out hay for the calves and the cows every Monday, with the 13th being the last day. That will give us one odd roll, so I will put it out in the middle of this week to help them adjust. I went back and forth from the hay field 5 times yesterday and the cows had no interest in me whatsoever. They are getting their sustenance from the grass, as it should be. So, the big question about having enough hay for the winter has been answered. Praise God for a mild winter! Sorry to all you people complaining about the skiing.
I will be glad to not have to feed the calves every day. I am thinking about replacing that chore with riding Sarge. Or at least messing with him. Sarge is the horse that jerked out from underneath me last year and twisted my knee. It will be a good experience. I'm 41 and need to start learning low impact horse training. This will force me to do it.
Our next big projects will be to review all the border fences before the summer and to mow the pastures before the tractor is needed up north for Dad's hay operations. With me putting out hay every couple of days, the cows hardly need fences at all. When the hay stops and they start hunting grass in the summer is when they become an issue. I am thinking about how to track the quality and repairs done on our fences using power point and excel. Cowboy geek. That's me.
Rebel is going to the chiropractor on Friday. I'll let y'all know how it goes.