April Fool’s Day 2020

 

 

Yesterday, Robbin and I began our 26th year together by making a loop through Greasy to look at the cows and calves, assess our feed conditions and put out salt and mineral. The cattle look great! We got an early start to the grass with November and December rains, but with a dry January and February, we lost our feed at our lower elevations on the south and west slopes. To date, we’ve only received three inches since the first of the year, but the grass at the higher elevations has just begun to grow.

A Border Collie at five months, it was Tessa’s first extended ride in the Kubota away from the house. Channeling her energy has been a challenge, but she’s smart and willing to please. It was good for her to be completely lost away from home and dependent on us for over four hours. Tired before she went to bed last night, she was sitting in the Kubota waiting for another ride.

Not much has changed for us, despite the Coronavirus pandemic. Normally, we do our best to stay out of town anyway. Before we have to get our Wagyu calves in for a second round of vaccinations, we’ve been preparing and planting our garden for the past couple of weeks—it’s what we do this time of year—that in turn will help us stay out of town later this spring.

However, we are not immune to the news as we try to imagine millions of people shut in their living quarters in a big city environment. Our hearts go out to them as we realize how fortunate we are to be free to move around the ranch to get our work done. Having something to do during this crisis is indeed a luxury.

 

4 responses to “April Fool’s Day 2020

  1. John, Was up your way on Tuesday, it was Ann and I celebrating our first lunch out, 26 years ago! Things look tough when you look close, two dry years in a row… But cattle looked really good, what is/was there was strong.. but will be feeding early I guess. Thanks for your updates.. Jim

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  2. Shirley Kirkpatrick

    We, too, are happy with our country living! … thanking the powers that be that we aren’t in a nursing home or senior care facility. And, ah yes, with spring come the weeds! The outside world beckons.

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  3. Don’t recall seeing a K-9 riding shotgun with JCD before.

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