Winter is back.... and unfortunatly this isn't a belated April Fools day joke! On Monday we had a spring blizzard, after a beautiful branding weekend with temperatures in the 50s! The storm started Monday afternoon, and we got around 2 inches of snow with lots of wind with very little visability.
The guys prepared for the storm by making sure the windbreaks in the pairs pasture were well bedded. They fed the cattle up by the windbreaks in the hopes that they would stay close during the storm, and they also gathered the bunch once the snow started and pushed them even closer to the windbreaks. The storm was over by Tuesday morning and it got warm enough to melt a bit of the new snow! However it's snowing again and we are supposed to get another 1-2inches tonight, this time though without the big wind gusts. We sure hope that warmer spring weather is on it's way!
Our calves weathered the storm great, but we hope they don't have to
experience to many more!
We're almost done calving our spring cowherd. The second cycle cows started calving last week and we had a few days of 6-7calves a day, theres just around 50 cows left to calve. We had our first branding of the season last weekend. We worked all of the first calf heifers and branded their calves.
After we gathered all of the pairs out of the pasture, we sort the cows away from the calves and then work the cows through the chute and give them their vaccinations.
We had some great help out at the ranch!
The calves waiting to move into the branding pen once we get the cows worked.
We then rope the calves heels in the branding pen and the pull them out of the pen.
Two wrestlers then hold the calves while they get their vaccinations and the RAB freeze brand!
To freeze brand the calves we clip the hair off of the left hip, where our brand is placed. Then we apply alcohol to the area right before the cold branding iron. The iron is held on the calf for 23seconds. After the brand the calf is all worked!