November 7, 2015

The Fall Gather


It's that time of year again. Time to bring cattle home from Summer pasture, wean and sell calves, and choose replacement heifers. Canyon pastures can be a beast!


Beautiful day to be out for a family ride. The kids had a great time.

 Luckily the Halloween candy is almost gone.... Eating suckers while riding a horse is not as bad as eating sunflower seeds while running. Yes, I've tried that... unfortunately.
 The kids are getting to be really good hands around here. I was so impressed when I saw our "John Wayne Jr." bringing up these calves.
 Our colt is going to be one heck of a horse.
 Out the gate and headed home. I love this, it makes all our hard work feel worth it.
 I think we have more reds now than blacks. We are going all red, but some of our best cows are black, so we'll hold onto them as long as we can. They are looking good. Hopefully the market will hang on just a little while longer.
 It's fun to see your kids living your dream. I only fear that it doesn't mean near as much to them as it does to us. When they get older and move on in life I hope they have wonderful memories and realize they do love it and want to be a part of it still. I know they enjoyed themselves today. Nice sunny crisp Fall day to move cattle.
 After we got them home and had some lunch we had a couple projects to take care of before we put them out on some cornstalks that border our property. Cornstalks are a wonderful, less expensive way to get your cattle to work for you and not have to feed them until snow and cold weather set in. We saw lots of cobs with corn still on them. Cows love this and will put on some good weight after they wean their calves. So we finished setting up some panels for water access.
 Then we set up an electric fence around the pivot so cows don't break something.
 One thing I'm learning is that corn farmers sometimes hide things in their fields. We found this pumpkin, watermelon, and squash patch that was pretty big. You'd never know it. Too bad because a lot of them got frozen and we would've loved to take them home. Even still we brought a few things back. The cows will probably eat them if they can get them cracked or open.

 The boys went to build a gate. Awesome picture as late afternoon presses upon us. Love this one of these two guys!
 This is what happens when your twelve year old gets ahold of the camera. Kinda cool. Maybe she'll be photographer some day.
 I don't know why they blame daylight savings on farmers and ranchers. We worked all day today, sun up to sun down. It doesn't matter what the numbers on the clock say.  Great day!

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