New Year

 

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Try as we might to push our calving date back two weeks to avoid the first of September heat, the bulls would hear nothing of it, repeatedly visiting our neighbor’s virgin heifers intended for Wagyu bulls. Also, we were under the influence of Big El Niño prognostications, wet weather for the first half of December that could hamper hauling the bulls up the hill to our older cows. With the stars and daylight hours aligned with our bulls’ internal clocks, we opted to let them go to work rather than having to bring them home and fixing fence everyday.

Nine months later, our own internal calendars click to new beginnings as the calves come, a new season and new year as we begin to leave summer behind and wait for the first rains to start the green feed, that unpredictable time of year when we harvest grass with cows to raise another crop of calves. Welcoming the shorter days, we’re saddled-up and ready, looking forward to another wild ride.

 

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3 responses to “New Year

  1. Wow…your calving season…it makes sense for your climate..in Iowa the calves came in the spring just before the lush explosion of grass. To calve in the fall was expensive as the grasses dried and died back.

    Interesting how we work from different truths. We could argue spring is best against fall is best …. and we would both be correct and true..to the realities of our lives.

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    • We haven’t the harsh winters to deal with in California. We calve before the the rains and green grass come around November and wean in May as the grass dries up. The rest of the West calves in the spring, but spring calves here don’t amount to much.

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