We began baiting our cows and calves on the Paregien Ranch into the gathering field, yesterday, with the Kubota and a little alfalfa hay. We plan on branding tomorrow, trying to take advantage of our drying roads after 2.5” of rain last week. Fortunately, the Valley fog was not a factor until midday when it rose to cloak landscapes up to 2,500 feet. We’re going back this morning with horses to collect a little bunch we missed and sort the dry cows and late-calvers from the bunch. It’s still too early this morning to tell where the fog is.
With ample dry feed, we haven’t had to supplement these cattle this season except for a little ‘hello hay’ when we’ve checked them. Though the cows know our gathering routine and are camped on the hay we’ve strung-out through the gathering field in the photo, it’s a brand new experience for the calves. I found their confusion looking longingly beyond the gate, to the ground they knew, humorous enough to pull out the camera.
As the editor of a small newsletter, I know that just about the only responses I can count on are from people asking to be removed from the mailing list. That thought reminded me to tell you just how much I look forward to reading your blog postings, whether in poetry or, like today’s, a glimpse into daily ranch life. Your thoughts and pictures enrich this Illinois flatlander’s days. Happy Holidays to you and your entire ranch family.
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How kind, how nice to know. Your thoughtfulness makes it all worthwhile.