Last week was down right frigid! We had an arctic blast which brought temperatures down to the -20's with windchills well below that. This upcoming week though it's warming up. Today the temperature was in the 30s which almost felt hot compared to last week!
All of our bred heifers are in the calving barn. The AI bred heifers are due on February 2nd but it looks like we could start anyday now! Earlier this week we walked our spring calving mature cows home from the west ranch. They're due to start calving at the beginning of March. We will keep them out on pasture near ranch headquarters and bring the close ups into the barn in a few weeks.
All of our spring calving mature cows walking back to ranch headquarters from our West Ranch.
A view of gathering the mature cows off of cornstalks over at the West Ranch. Craig Howard said it was simply to cold to open the window for a clearer picture!
Last weekend we clipped all of the bulls and females that will be offered on the upcoming Bieber Fever VIII here at the ranch on March 5th.
We start by cleaning off each animal. Tom and Dillion combed and brushed each bull, then blew all of the dirt, snow and debris out of their hair. Then one of the clippers clipped the hair off of their head.
The last step is to clip each animals neck, back and body. To do this they use both clippers and a torch clipper. They clip the neck, back and tailhead with the clippers. Then they use a torch to singe the hair. Singeing helps blend the hair and gives each animals haircoat a more uniform appearance. Don't worry it doesn't hurt the bulls! The whole process takes just a couple minutes per animal!