The few days of fall have been beautiful! Temperatures have been in the mid 70s each day with lots of sunshine, hopefully this continues well into the fall season.
This past week has been filled with lots of activity around the ranch. Late last week we weaned all of our spring born calves. The weaning process started on Thursday up at Durheims in Ellendale, ND. All of the pairs were gathered from the pasture and the cows and calves were seperated into two different groups. We ran both the cows and the calves through the chute and recorded their weight. The calves were then hauled back ranch headquarters, here in Leola, and put into a feedlot pen. The Durheim cows will stay at Durheims until around the first of December. Friday the guys weaned all of the spring born calves here at the ranch. The cows and calves were again gathered and seperated into two groups. We took weights on all of the calves, then sorted the bulls from the heifers and put them into two different feedlot pens. They are off to a good start on a mostly hay diet with some distillers grains mixed into their ration. On Saturday we weighed all of the cows and gathered the coming 2 year old bulls off of pasture and brought them into the feedlot. These coming 2 year old bulls as well as an offering of females will be sold on December 5th.
The newly weaned heifer calves, above, and the bull calves, below.
A few of the coming 2 year old bulls in the feedlot.
We are still hauling in straw and re-stacking it around our hay yard. That continued this past week, and kept Kenny busy.
We will be prepared to bed pens this coming winter!
The main project this week has been putting up silage. We have two fields that we planted with sorgham this spring. We started chopping that sorgham on Monday. The chopped sorgham was mixed with some ground corn stover to make a silage that we piled in a bunker.
Chopping the first few round of sorgham out of the field late Monday, and dumping the first load into the bunker.
Mixing the chopped sorgham with corn stover.
Pulling silage down the pile and packing it with tractors
By Tuesday night all of the silage was in the bunker. This morning the guys continued to packed the pile. We will cover the pile with plastic sheeting, on a calm day sometime this upcoming week!