Winter Pasture

Our fall has cooled down and some snow flurries have hit. We received four inches of new snow the other day here at the house. I hope you all are staying warm where you are. Our big accomplishment for the week was to get the cows out to the badlands where they will stay for the next couple of months.

I’m happy to report that our corral repairs worked wonderfully. We brought the cows down from the Mesa on Monday. Tuesday, we put them in the corral and spent most of the day sorting. We send most of the herd dams out to the badlands, but we kept our heifers (young females that haven’t yet had a calf), old cows, and cows that we might want to sell close to home. After we finished sorting we took them to two separate pastures. The heifers and old cows will stay in theirs until we have time to sort them again and decide which ones to keep. The cows that were headed to the badlands were gathered the next morning and trailed out.

 After the cows were sorted and taken to their pastures on Tuesday

After the cows were sorted and taken to their pastures on Tuesday

These cows trailed right out. I was really impressed. It helps to not have calves for them to bring and with the cool weather they didn’t get tired. The next day is when the four inches of snow came and I worried that they would all come to the corner of the pasture wanting to come back home, but they didn’t. Even though the grass out there is dry and brown, there is a lot of it for them and the fall showers have brought a little green grass, too.

 Gathering them to go out to the badlands Wednesday morning.

Gathering them to go out to the badlands Wednesday morning.

With falling temperatures, it’s that time of year where we will have to go check the cows daily to make sure their water isn’t frozen and they can get a drink. It helps that we run in this pasture with some of our neighbors. We take turns going out and taking the ice off of the water tanks. Without this help, it would be hard to get anything else done.

 Turning them through the gate into the winter pasture on Wednesday.

Turning them through the gate into the winter pasture on Wednesday.

Now we are looking ahead to deciding which heifers we should keep for future herd dams. It’s always exciting to see how our new females and constantly changing genetics will work going forward. I look forward to telling you all about it in the upcoming weeks. Do you have something new and exciting coming up?

Before I’m done, I would like to thank all of our Veterans out there for all they have done. Thank you so much and Happy Veteran’s Day.

by Brandon Greet

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