Monday morning we woke up to Ben and my niece Chany coming to stay with us for a while. Chany’s mom and some friends brought her up and they got to our house around 5 am. The three rested for about an hour and then her mom and the friend turned about and headed back to SE Idaho. Ben, Anna, Kaine and Chany did morning chores, and Anna’s cow Taffy had a cute heifer calf. Then they dropped Kaine off with Toni and the three went to Anna’s eye dr appt. Kicker went down to check on the water in Circle 7 for the yearling heifers and calved 2 yr olds, and to check on the beaver dam, and found more bones of an eaten heifer or steer, so when Ben, Anna and Chany got back from the eye dr Toni and they boys came down and they all moved the weanlings up to the house. The house is starting to get really full. Carly and Stephen came out and looked at Dolly, the red roan mare we have for sale, and they put a deposit down on her. 401 had a fancy Hereford bull calf by B6018. Ben, Anna, Kaine and Chany laid the wire our up in the Old Valley to move the heifers, however, we are out of rebar posts, so they did not get any posts up. Toni and the kids did chores and then Ben, Anna and Kaine went and had dinner at Nists. Our annual dinner with them was a bit sparse due to everything going on.
Tuesday Ben and Kaine built fence around the Old Valley to move the heifers up there. They ran out of rebar for posts. Anna and Chany cleaned out the office for Chany to use as her room. Toni is trying to get some law things done before the end of the year. Kade and Jaxsen played in the snow. Toni, Chany and the kids did chores. I stopped at mom and dads and Thunder (the male mastiff) and I had a leftover piece of Christmas pie. 806T and Cutie Pie both had Hereford bull calves by B6018.
Wednesday we woke up to snow. Ben and Anna went and checked and 108 had a snow baby, a cute heifer calf. Anna and Chany then continued to clean the office and to clean up the Christmas stuff, so we had more room. They are getting rid of anything we had in the office that we don’t “need.” So Toni got a new Roomba out of the deal. Toni continued to work. Ben and Kaine continued working on the fence. Kade and Jaxsen played more in the snow. It snowed and rained pretty much all day. The Angus Association sent us the results of the Angus that we ultrasounded. They looked really good, like Holy Shit really good. I guess we are doing a good job. It is good to have affirmation.
Thursday Anna, Chany, Ben and I checked cows, two heifers calved. Then Anna, Ben and Kaine worked on the fence up in the Old Valley to move the heifers and Chany and I ran into Othello to get some supplies and some winter boots for her. We got back in time to help them finish the fence. Then we had lunch and hauled the heifers for the rest of the day. Toni messed with the yearling colts during chores. We had to take pictures for Anna in Canada that is getting Slider. So we took pictures of Slider and Crossfire.
Happy New Year, we all stayed at our own houses for New Year’s Eve. We played cards and watched moves. Ben went to mom and dads and welded one of the gates up that he was supposed to do over his break. It was the gate that we had identified as a necessity to be done before he went back to work. We did not do a lot, checked, tagged calves, checked water, the normal for this time of year. We decided to start the year right and are taking pictures of some of the horses over the weekend while we are all around.
On Saturday we had bull buyers come out and get 020 and M910, they were from the West side. We worked on fence, Chany, Anna and I ran to Connell to grandmas for some medicine, we made Anna drive and she got gas for the first time. Then we got the Colorado really muddy when we checked. Toni took pics of Anna and Jojo.
Sunday we worked on continuous fence, Chany got a lot of fence building practice in. Anna, Kaine and Kade worked on their steers, the Spokane steers needed work, only Herfy was good. Life lesson number 42- if you are going to fix/build fence in a weanling pen, have something to distract them. Toni went to fix the fence that Scrat the bull broke and had all ofo the weanlings helping her. No matter how hard they try, weanling horses cannot use power tools and they are not helpful even if they think they are. After she got the two poles replaced, she turned Scrat into the big pasture so he can’t keep destroying fence while he faux fights with the bulls across the road. We brought two more poles down during chores and fixed the last broken spot, so the fence is all fixed up. We still have 50 feet to build, but the ground is “frozen” or so we keep saying. Then Toni got pics of Kaine with Sally and Kade with Jitter. No new calves today.
The first few days of 2021 have been good to us. It is always a good time to think of the things that went wrong, went right, and any changes we need to make. Really we were blessed with great buyers, good livestock, and a great family. We can’t ask for more.