Preg Week

It’s one of those weeks where you feel like you are always moving. Early mornings and you usually use up all of your day. True, the days are getting shorter so you don’t have the hours that you did a month ago. Even so, there wasn’t much time for sitting around. That’s how it was on the Greet Ranch, anyway.

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Prep-time

This next week is a big one for fall. Events include weaning, splitting calves between corrals, gathering and "pregging" heifers, and gathering and "pregging" cows. Preg-check week and branding week are two of the biggest bigs on the place, for the guys and for us ladies…

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New Beginnings

A short and sweet post this week.  Our family is just getting back from a beautiful wedding for our good friends.  Megan was the Maid of Honor, Quinlan was the ring bearer, and Lorelei the was flower girl.  So we are TIRED, but very happy.

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Fencing Lessons

The fence surrounding our mountain pasture was put in years and years ago.  It requires extensive maintenance, which is becoming more difficult to administer due to the rusty old wire and rotting off posts.  Over the past couple weeks we decided to completely replace a quarter mile of some of the worst of the fence.

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Thinking About Drinking

When I was in college, I remember my professor in Principles of Ruminant Nutrition asking, "what is the most important nutrient?"  The answers from the class were predictable: "calcium," "phosphorus," "potassium," "sodium!".  He just smiled and then eventually turned on the projector showing a picture…

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Speed bumps

Sometimes things go smoothly.  Sometimes we hit some speed bumps like I talked about in last week's blog.  We hit another one of those with one of our steers.  We checked on him a few days before this and he was a good-looking, healthy steer and the next time we went up there he wasn't.

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A Good Trail?

Thursday was an early morning for us.  Wake up at 3:30, eat breakfast, grab some water and snacks, then in the truck and headed toward the barn.  Megan loaded the kids in the car to take them to their aunt's as they groggily looked at the darkness and tried to go back to sleep.  We were trailing the cows to the mountain and we all knew that a big day lay ahead.

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Summer Shots

The haying has been put on pause even though some of the second cutting and oats are ready to go.  They will have to wait just a little bit longer.  We are herding most of the cattle from their spring breeding pastures to one pasture part way up the mountain.  Once all the cows that we are taking are there, this larger herd will be taken up the mountain.

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Priorities

The summer is our busiest time of year. we have so many things that need doing and it always seems like we run out of time to get everything done. This means prioritizing…

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Sold

This week I wanted to get into the sale of cattle using a video auction.  Big Trails Beef has the benefit of meeting the final consumer face-to-face and having a relatively set price for our beef.  The price does not jump up or down depending on what the futures boards are doing and what the trade climate is a the moment.  However, most people are dependent on buyers who watch these things day to day.

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Mountain Time

Today I was afforded a little time to go up and check on the Big Trails Beef herd.  They were taken up the mountain a couple of weeks ago and have been grazing and enjoying mountain life, mostly on their own, since.

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Jekyll's Day

I had a request for a day following Jekyll.  It's difficult to describe what a typical day looks like in Jekyll's life.  I have a hard time describing that for myself, but Jekyll has even less of an idea of what is going to happen each day.

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Day- Late

This week, has been a big week. Brandon has been getting you all informed on the AI program and how it all works and this week we put all of that information to use.

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Buckets of Fun

The last two weeks we have talked about AIing heifers and I want to stick with the heifers for another week because they are the only group of cows that aren't out there eating spring grass yet.

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No Bull Pt. 2

Last week I told you that we were going to talk about the process of AI and I will.  Sorry if it seems kind of brief, but I am a little worn our from the days events.  The process of AI is fairly straightforward so it shouldn't take long.

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