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As we anxiously await more foals, we are also fine tuning our 2021 breeding program.

Monday was much warmer, but was windy, like tie down your trampolines windy. We had heard we were going to get a Chinook wind to wipe out all the snow and mud. It was happening. The kids all had school so Toni checked cows. She reported it was a muddy mess from the snow melting. Our Braford cow, “Super Champ,” had a cute Braford Plus bull calf. Toni and the kids fed the mares in circle 5 and the desert and checked them. Then they did chores at the house, and locked in the mares that needed to go to the vet. Coco brought down a lemon blueberry cake, that was really good. And you know, everyone needs cake.  We called Skip to see how him and Rowdy were doing, they were getting along famously, Rowdy shared the bed with Skip and Skip took Rowdy to town to meet his friends.  I guess Skip just needed a dog.

Tuesday Toni took Cleo and Pepper in to get their teeth floated. Cleo and Pepper, the two that went to see Sheena Tuesday, had the best teeth so far. They also got blood pulled to see if they are going to foal this year. We also put a few of the old mares down on Tuesday. Foxy the mini mare also died on Tuesday, on her own, we did not put her down, but she was going to be. She was older and was going blind. She had been a great mini. So Tuesday was a hard day for everyone. But part of ranch life is doing what is right by the animals even if it is hard on the humans. Anna checked cows, the wind was  still blowing.

Wednesday Dr.  Wisse came out to semen check bulls. Anna went down and helped the kids get them in, Ben had to go to work first for a meeting. On Toni’s way down dad called to tell her that Frieda had foaled, so Toni turned around and went the other way and the kids got the bulls in and sorted. Of course, Freida did not have Chic in the shed, she had her out in the mud, so she was cold and had not nursed. So Toni, mom and dad all gave Chic some colostrum and put her in the shed.  Freida is one of those great mares that lets us mess with her foals and is pretty chill. However, not on the first day. The giving of the colostrum did not go well, but it did get done. Luckily no one got hurt, but it was close a couple of times. Everyone was SO excited that our first foal of 2021 is a grulla filly. What a great way to start off the foaling season. Then Toni had to run home for court. Ben, Anna, Kaine and Dr Wisse got the bulls semen checked and the two red heifers bangs vaccinated. The kids were great help and everything went really smooth. Then they did chores and called it a day.

Thursday was still windy, we had a light brushing of snow in the morning. Everyone had school so Toni checked the cows, we had two new calves. Our walk-in freezer was supposed to get there, so Kassandara, the neighbor girl, and her friend came down and sat the house and waited all day for it. It did not come. Toni had court all day, and in between Kayla brought out some Hereford bull semen. The freezer never showed up.  As a side note, our semen that we had ordered to use on Sunday also didn’t show up, so we are pretty thankful to Kayla for bringing us some Hereford semen.  We have some old stuff in the tank, but we want to move genetics forward, not back.

Friday morning Kade called from the bus, on a phone he had borrowed because his mean mom won’t let him have a cell phone, to tell us Roe foaled. I ran down there but it was Lola that foaled. So Jackpot now has 2 foals on the ground and gave us some fancy dun factor on both.  Lola had a really fancy red dun colt.  After we got done checking, Anna, Kaine, Toni and I pulled CIDRs on the cows and gave them their out shot. Then dad and Kaine went to Bryans to pick up meat, and took it too Diane’s, since we did not get our freezer. Anna and I went and met them there to unload it. Then we checked cows, fed the horses and went down to do chores.

Saturday Ben, Anna, Kaine and I gave the cows another shot. Then we got circle 2 in and sorted them to go out with bulls, then got circle 1 in, the show heifers etc. Toni and Kade went down to mom and dads and showed horses. Then Gary brought Kady for Anna to ride, and Toni and Anna rode her around a bit bareback. Kady hasn’t been ridden since last fall, but once a horse is broke, they are broke. She was a tiny bit jiggy at first, but she was also in a new area, bareback with strangers on her. We think she did awesome. Kicker went down to battle with the beaver and break down the dam.  Saturday seemed long, but Mom made us a three layer brownie cake with three different types of brownie and three different frostings, so it was all worth it.

Sunday we went out and checked the cows and made sure all of the cows had their calves. Then we sorted the cows into AI groups. Toni and Kade went and got Kady so Toni and Anna could ride her in with the cows to see how she did. Kicker and Jax showed up in time for lunch and then Mark got here to AI. Marlo also came to help. Ben and Marlo worked up front helping Mark, Toni, Kicker and the boys brought cows up. Jaxsen and I went out to checked cows and they were in the pen pond. So we used Riggs and got them out and then fixed the fence. We got back to the house and helped for a bit. Toni had her friends David and Kellie come out with their three year old son to see the cows. When we got done AIing, Marlo and I hauled the Hereford cows up to circle 1 with Scrat and Toni, Kicker, Ben, Anna, Kaine and Kade let the rest of the cows out.  Kady did really well in the corral. She doesn’t mind pushing cattle, but wasn’t a fan of sorting them out. That is just something that takes a bit of time. She did very well.  Anna was much more comfortable on her the second day. We are hoping they make a team. If not, both boys are waiting in the wings……

As we anxiously await more foals, we are also fine tuning our 2021 breeding program. The cattle piece is done. We have one more round of AI, bulls are out, things are moving forward. The horse piece is a touch more complicated, but we are getting there. One of the moving targets is how many outside mares we will breed. We try to limit to 10, currently we have about 8 coming in, 2 of which are already here. Translation- if you want to breed a mare to one of our studs, let us know sooner rather than later please. 

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It looked like Snowageddon was underway

Monday we all had a blast working at the BB Cattle Co bull sale. Toni was in bidding, we had a couple of bulls picked out, but we did not get any. For once we even had a healthy budget, but we still couldn’t get anything bought. I guess we will have to make due with the 8 year old Hereford bull we have in the pasture. Kaine, Kade and Jaxsen helped Nick, Jaxsen helped by playing with KK (Kasen), and Kaine, Kade, Nick and Grace brought bulls down for Ben, Jolene and Mar to sort, and took them back when their pen got done selling, so sometimes they were running. Anna, Traci, Emma, Todd’s kids, Casen (I told him he was so helpful I would stop calling him tall kid and remember his name) and another boy, the kids tell me his name is Riley, all helped me pull gates, get the bulls ready, and get them into the sale ring. The sale went great, the average was high. When the sale got over the kids were starting to help Leslie pick up and dad called to say the yearling colts were in the yard, one of the gates that Ben has not had time to weld up yet was laying on the ground. So we ran home and chased them in, they were standing not far out of the gate eating pellets. Dad went to Palouse on Monday to get pellets, he said it snowed on him part of the way, and was sunny part of the way.  By the time we got all of our chores done and the colts back in, we didn’t have time to unload the pellets.

Tuesday Toni had a meeting in Prosser, so she was there most of the day. Anna checked cows, 926 calved on Tuesday. The kids went down to do chores, and Dusty called to say the red heifer we had wanted, she looked pregnant when we went to look so Dusty took her to get preg checked, was open, so he switched her for one of the ones we had gotten. The kids ran back to the house to help Dusty, but Ben was home so then they turned around and went back to do chores. Toni got there about the same time, and Fancy was in the corral, so they locked her in to move to the heavy pen. We have a couple of mares that could start foaling.  We are keeping close watch on them.  Fancy likes being in the heavy pen because we have all of the old mares over there and she hogs their protein tub.

Wednesday was sunny but cold. Anna texted that baby Arcee had a bull calf, he is a cute guy with red eyes pigment. Toni and the kids did chores, they locked the horses in to take to Sheena at Sagehill Vet on Thursday.  Everything went pretty well. Blue, Shady, and Whinny needed to go to the vet on Thursday so they all got brought in and locked in. Because of all the kids, moving Blue wasn’t as hard as normal. She is a great mare until you have a halter, then it is game on. Toni and the kids just made a wall, pushed her in the corral, and sorted everything else back out. It was so efficient, who knows if Blue even realizes she was caught!

Thursday the kids had a 2 hour delay because the town lost power. Anna checked since all of the kids had to go to school. Toni and Emma took the three mares into Sheena to get their teeth floated. It was wicked cold with the wind blowing hard. Toni and Emma had to stop in town and get hot drinks. Toni also takes all of her dogs with her so Emma gets to keep Coco the puppy entertained. It started to snow on Thursday. Toni and the kids did chores. Toni was asked for an interview for Irrigation Leader, we are very proud of her.

Friday I took the bottle cats in to the vet to get spayed and neutered.  I also went and got the dog Uncle Skip adopted that he named Rowdy. Uncle Skip has already had a dog named Rowdy, so this is Rowdy number 2. The Eugene horse sale was Friday, but lets face it, we don’t need anything. We may WANT something, but Mom and Dad had told us to take a break on buying. Which we knew that, we can count. So we bought nothing. I wanted a painted mini jack to make painted mini mules, but he sold really high. Friday the weather wasn’t great. It looked like Snowageddon was underway.

Saturday Toni, Leslie, Whitney, Traci and I were supposed to go to Spokane to celebrate all of our birthdays. We had to cancel due to weather conditions, calving and feeding in the snow takes a lot of time. So that got canceled, or postponed.  Chad and Andrew came out to trim up the riding horses as we start to get ready to AI cows.  Toni worked in her office, then rolled in for chores. I sat in the house with Chad and Andrew while Toni and the kids did chores.  I had held horses Toni could handle this.