It's been another cooler week with quite a few showers coming through the area. In total we have gotten close to a half inch throughout the week. This upcoming week looks like more of the same with a chance of rain each day and highs in the high 60s-70 degree. The rain is always welcome but we're probably going to hold off on our first cutting. The good news is that our hay ground is looking great and we're expecting a big first cutting!
With the hay season fast approaching the guys made sure all the hay equipment was ready to go. They put new sections and guards on haybines and fixed any broken teeth on our hayrakes. They'll be ready to go when we get a stretch of haying weather!
All of our pairs are in breeding pasture groups with their natural service sires. They'll stay out with the bulls for another couple weeks yet. Once we pull the bulls we will combine the pairs into a few larger groups, instead of keeping them in the small breeding groups they're in currently. The guys get out to each pasture every other day and check/replace the salt & mineral, check to make sure the water is working properly, check all the cows in the group and check the fences.
There's no better sight than cows out on pasture, grazing and raising calves!
A few other projects this past week were; we starting to spray weeds throughout our pastures and we set up the branding corral for branding our summer calves.
We're branding this Saturday and everyone is invited to come. We work the cows and give them their breeding season vaccinations. Then we rope&drag the calves to give them their vaccinations and our RAB freeze brand. You can come just to watch or you can jump into the action if you're interested.
The branding will be out by our west ranch. To get there go 6 miles west of the ranch on highway 10, turn south on 348ave (co road 13) and go 8 miles, the corrals are on the east side of the road.
After we're done with the work we'll have food and drinks back at the ranch. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions feel free to call the office 605-439-3628.