Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Grass is green

The grass looks green and lush right now.  Been doing some farming between showers.  Got the forage sorghum planted a couple of weeks ago and it is coming up.  Decided to plant another thirty acres of millet in a field that was supposed to be alfalfa, but must have died during last years drought.

We brought the cows in to brand and vaccinate the calves.  Looks really green.

Our neighbor Joe came over to help us brand.  We have a herd in transition.  There are calve born in February, March, April, May and June.  Next year they will be born in April and May for a more uniform set of calves.

Tammy does the casterating with the mother cows await their babies to return.  There was lots of bull calves in this herd.  Don't know the exact numbers, but must have been pushing 70%.  Really unusual, more often it is closer to 50/50.  Half bulls and half heifers.

We moved some of Ryan's cows to a different pasture.  The grass in the road ditch is really tall.  The pasture grasses are good and thick, just not as tall as some years.

The water situation in this pasture is rather bleak.  This is a picture on the dam.  Normally this picture would be all water, starting from my toes to way across.  About a foot of water in the very bottom.  Fortunately there is a hydrant so we moved a tank in.

The other day Ryan was going past his mail box and caught two unusual visitors passing through.  He was able to get their picture on his phone.

It is a picture of two cow elk.  At least they don't have antlers.  While it is not uncommon to see elk passing though, seldom do you get a picture as they are usually on the move.  About every year sometime one of us will see an elk somewhere out here.  Usually it is young bulls looking for new territory.

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