The weather stayed warm. One day it was 93 degrees. We hadn't had any moisture, so things were looking bleak. Our neighbor sold a fourth of his herd as pairs in Philip on May 14. They had a big sale. They started selling slaughter cows at 8:00AM and switched to pairs about noon. I watched the sale on the computer during lunch time. They were still selling pairs at 4:00 PM at break time. Then at 8:30 PM when we came in for supper they just finished grass cattle and started back on weigh-up cows. The grass cattle should have gone to grass , but there is none so had to be sold.
Our heifers have been in a feedlot since last December. As they get bigger now they are costing over $2.00 per day per head. So we brought them home to eat what grass we have. There is a little new grass and some old grass for them to eat. The truck driver is from Vale and he thought we looked greener than they.
Still not much to look forward to if you are a heifer or anything else depending grass for a meal.
Then we squeezed our branding in there somewhere. We branded ours in the morning and Ryan's in the afternoon.
Here are our calves that have been branded and are waiting to be turned back with the cows. Tammy went back over to the lambing barn to pen new mothers between branding the two bunches. It takes a while to eat dinner and get Ryan's cows in and calves sorted off, so she had time.
Then it was back to the lambing barn, where we spent the next two weeks.
Here is a new mother with her newborn lamb that is just minutes old.
Tammy had four classes from different schools in Rapid City that wanted to have a field trip to a farm. She arranged to have one group go to the Cammack ranch at Union Center and one group go to the Snyder ranch near Sturgis and we took two groups on different days. There was about 75 in a group. One was a group of third graders and one was a group of fourth graders.
They arrived in two buses and are very excited. Tammy explains to a group about the jockey pens and what happens in that area.