Greasy Water Update – First Calf

Less than two weeks ago, we began efforts to find more water in the Greasy watershed utilizing David Langton’s backhoe, the first time a backhoe has ever been to this part of the ranch. Terri and I made the loop with hay yesterday to monitor our water and feed the girls getting ready to calve.

 

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The second trough at Ragle Springs is now full and overflowing. When time allows, we’ll have to plumb an overflow at the low end away from the dirt fill placed around the trough that will probably entail chipping a saddle in the concrete in order to cement a pipe that will have to be anchored to a post beside the trough to keep the cows from breaking the concrete when they rub on the pipe. Any kind of construction for cattle is a challenge. But for the moment, we have plenty of water storage available for the cows, giving us two good springs in our Sulphur pasture. Ragle Springs

 

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The troughs are full and the new spring box is running steady @ about 1/3 gpm. Railroad

 

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Water continues to accumulate at Grapevine at two locations. Grapevine
 

The cows were scattered and harder to locate yesterday, grazing farther from water now, secure and satisfied that water will be available tomorrow.

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For Source and Age Verification, we document our first calf born for the season, so buyers and consumers will know the age of our oldest calf. (First only if we don’t include the four calves born a month early after a bull jumped the gun at the end of last October.) Surprise

 

4 responses to “Greasy Water Update – First Calf

  1. Great news about the water!

    janet

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  2. So awesome that you got water flowing. It must have felt terrific to see the progression. The wildlife that’ll survive because of you must be celebrating too.
    Looking at several of your photo’s makes me wonder… could a rancher survive without baling wire?

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