The weather improved greatly, everyone was at school/work, no snow days this week. Toni checked the cows in the morning, the heavy ones are still by the house, but she went out and checked the calved cows too. One calf seemed a little lethargic, so Toni got him on the straw and gave him some antibiotics. Afterwards he went over and nursed his mom. He seemed better Monday night when Toni went back down to check on him. Kade and Jaxsen started basketball again. Jaxsen’s coach was late Monday, so dad coached the team for a bit. Toni and Kaine did horse chores and Anna and Ben did cow chores. Stetson has managed to get a pole broke in his pen at the corral, but he isn’t really pushing it, so for now with the weather, it is going to be fine.
Tuesday was more of the same, cow checking, chores, basketball. We had 4 cows calve on Tuesday. The moon and stars must have been lined up. Ben and Anna got 954 and her calf in, shew was the only heifer that calved and they were worried she would get confused with which calf was hers. They all calved in the same area. Even with the weather being not great, the calves are all doing pretty good
Wednesday and Thursday were more of the same. It is too icy to start halter breaking again, even though Toni likes to talk to us about it. The ground is frozen, so we keep telling her we can’t start fencing again yet. Thursday mom made a coconut dream cake, it was very good. We continue to break ice, feed everything, check everything, and keep our eyes and ears open for anything that isn’t quite right. Sometimes a cattlemen doesn’t have a really specific reason something is off, they just know the animal isn’t acting right. Always trust your instincts on that. Early detection can be a life saver. Literally.
Friday Toni checked the cows and saw that some of the horses from mom and dads house, or circle 8 as we refer to it, were in circle 6, next to the other group of mares. Since the Tonis were headed to Cle Elum for a class reunion, she just had time to make sure everyone was ok, that the solar fencer was not working, due to the lack of sunlight and the battery must have gone bad, before she headed off. Jaxsen stayed with mom and dad and Kade stayed with us. Marlo came down and helped do chores. Toni was there when she arrived because Toni still had to work on Hottie, so Marlo took over her chores. Anna went and stayed with her friend Josie Friday night. Kaine helped Ben feed and Marlo, Kade and Jaxsen did horse chores. Then Marlo, Kaine, Kade and I played a domino game called Mexican train. Ben was up at the hunters house visiting them, so it was just us 4.
Saturday we cleaned out the heavy pen again, tagged the calved cows and turned them out. Since it is not supposed to be that cold we did not get any new cows in. Then we cleaned out the barn and put new straw in it, for the next group of cows that need to go in, or for the kids to tie up the show animals. Anna helped Ben with chores and Kade, Kaine and I went down to do the horse chores. We went out and started rolling up the fence in 8 as well. It has been needing to come out and be replaced by something very sturdy, not electric, and can withstand Russian olive trees growing up in it. We already had planned to pull it out, but then the weather hit. Toni and the kids had started putting in H braces on the one end, but the digging was tough so it didn’t quite get done. We are probably going to put up some type of a woven fence, but we haven’t decided for sure yet. But the first step is taking the current fence down completely so we are forced to get the new fence up and going. Mom had made us a coconut rum pie, it was really good.
Sunday two of Anna’s cows had calved in the heavy pen, Dillon and Gary. Dillon had a bull and Gary had a heifer. The kids caught most of their show animals and worked on them. Also, Ben and the kids got in the pens around the house and got yearling weights. I made tags, since we were out. Then Ben and I went out and got the heavy heifer in, Emerald, and doctored two calves that were sick. Then we went down and moved the horses that had gotten out into 6 into 5 with the others. Then we went and did chores and finished the pie.
We continue to work hard even when going outside in the cold takes effort. There is nothing better to make you appreciate a working furnace, insulated coveralls, and good muck boots like terrible cold weather. Just remember, spring is around the corner, so it is time to start planning 2022 breeding. We do have our tremendous stud line-up for those that are interested in pasture breeding. No, we don’t ship semen. We can do limited hand breeding with some of the studs, but most of our studs are out in large pastures. That means any outside mares have to be wire broke, easy to catch, and able to be in a herd setting. We do put a cap on outside mares as we only have so much time in the day to deal with mares not our own. Please see the website for the studs we have at ktranch.com then the stallions tab. For anyone interested in a 2022 breeding that mentions that they read the blog- you get a free KT Ranch baseball cap when you bring your mare. Just remind us! Lots of colors and styles to chose from. Mom does a great job getting a variety built up. If anyone wants to buy a baseball cap, let us know, we do have about 20 in stock.