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We always say we have 5 seasons, Winter, Mud, Spring, Summer, and Fall. It looks like the mud season has begun.
Monday was pretty much like Sunday, we gave the cows wheat straw and hay, since they cannot get to the stalks through the snow. It continued to snow, Toni kept telling me it will stop. I kept waiting. We tagged the few calves we had had during the previous week. Toni, Coco, Anna and I went down and fed the mares to see if anyone looked heavy, we have some getting heavy, Toni told them to wait a week. We shall see if they listen. Our good friend Roberta went and picked up a puppy for Ben in Hermiston, Ben got it from his cousin Jake and Jake’s brother Luke brought up from SE Idaho.
Tuesday I had a stomach bug or something that did not agree with me, so I was home all day on Tuesday. I cannot tell you much of what went on. I know that Anna checked cows, and she stayed home from doing chores to help Ben and Kicker move animals around. Toni and the boys went and did chores. Chores are extra-long and strenuous in this kind of weather. Toni and Coco went and fed the mares and again gave them the pep talk to keep the foals in. Where we have the mares, if they do foal, there is plenty of straw, but they aren’t forced to have them on the straw so it is concerning. We didn’t feel like anything was imminent so we didn’t move them. We would rather they stayed out in big pastures than all be crowded in small pens.
Back to work on Wednesday. Anna checked cows and Toni checked mares, luckily nothing new on this cold morning. Anna stayed home again for chores to help Ben and Kicker lock the cows in, to sort on Thursday. Toni and the boys did chores, they went and fed the mares some hay. Roberta bought a couch in Kennewick, so I borrowed a 20 year old from our friend Shannon, who has her sons and some of their friends helping her and her husband Jordan move into their new house, to meet in in Kennewick so we could load Roberta’s couch, and get the new puppy, Murtaugh. Taylor was great help, him and the person Roberta was buying the couch from actually loaded it. So we just wanted and played with the puppy. Everyone was excited when I brought her home. Toni got her mares in for the visit to the vet on Thursday. She was going to take Pepper and Stinger, but she couldn’t catch Pepper, so Payton and Stinger got brought in.
All the kids went to school on Thursday, so Toni and the dogs checked. Toni took two mares and two dogs into Sheena, Emma’s mare was supposed to go too, but Emma’s trailer got plowed in so she was late. Luckily Sheena was able to fit Emma’s late dog in too and the mare. Toni also took the boys’ puppies in for shots. Toni and Emma went and got the three mares from Sagehill vet later after they were done getting their teeth floated. Sheena reminded us the Stinger doesn’t have many teeth, so we put her in with the yearling fillies when we got back, and she is still mad about it. The kids did chores and then Ben came down and go them to go and help him and Kicker sort cows. Toni went down after her and Coco fed the horses. They were all finished by the time I got home. I hear the cows sorted pretty easily.
It snowed a little again Thursday night, so we woke up to a light dusting on Friday. Ben, Ann, Kaine, Toni, Kade and Kicker put CIDRS in the cows Friday late afternoon. Coco and Marlo both showed up to help them at the end. The cows all did really well. Toni told the boys, because she pushes the cows up, not to put their arm in the alley in a way to get it pinched when a cow backs up. Then she felt the need to demonstrate on one of the ex-show cows and got her arm pinched. Luckily it is just a bruise. Clearly she is good at giving them examples of what not to do. All the kids are really good help. Except Jaxsen wasn’t there. He stayed with Grandma and Grandpa to keep them company. Unclear how that is a job. I got Costco, so delivered on my way home. Jaxsen tipped me with a hug. Anna went up and baby-sat Ruby Jean and Wyatt Friday night.
Saturday Kicker brought Kade and Jaxsen down and him and Toni went to our aunt Merrilie’s funeral in Clarkston. It was a small event with covid. Kade, Anna, Ben and I went and checked cows. After that Anna, Kaine and Kade caught their Spokane steers, one MT steer, two TX steers and one CA steer (basically what they could walk out into the pen and catch). We let the cows with CIDRS out into circle 4 and sorted off the three heifers that had gotten in there. While the kids were catching their steers, I put Mattie and Pearl in with the Spokane steers and the black ballie heifer in with the heavy heifers. The Brangus heifer had a cute bull calf while we were working and Snow princess had a cute heifer calf, “Snow.” Ben worked on the feedbunk, the bar across the front was broken. At lunch time Skip came to see his new dog Rowdy and he had leftovers for lunch with us.
After lunch Anna and I sent out to check cows and Kaine, Kade and Jaxsen played in the snow. Anna and I then got a bale of hay and went out to feed the mares in circle 5 and the desert. Freida has really bagged up so we got her in and hauled her and Scrat back to mom and dads. We put Scrat in with Tank, which did not make either of them happy. The boys did chores while I turned Frieda out and led Scrat to the corral. Anna stayed and helped Ben feed the cows, since we did not know when Toni and Kicker would be home. They got back about the time we got done at mom and dads.
Sunday Skip came up for breakfast with his dog, he said he was going to head home around noon. Then we went out and tagged calves and checked all of the cows. By then it was lunch time. After lunch Anna and I went and checked the cows again and then loaded up some hay and went and fed the mares. Then Ben, Anna, Kaine and I fed the cows and heifers. Toni, Kade, Jaxsen and Coco had started chores, we got down there in time to help finish.
We are happy to report that we didn’t get any new foals, but soon. We also have a bunch of people that have called on the yearlings and have a couple of them scheduled to come out next week now that the weather is supposed to get better. The roads here are pretty good, just the fields that are a muddy mess. We always say we have 5 seasons, Winter, Mud, Spring, Summer, and Fall. It looks like the mud season has begun.
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.
Sunday was pretty nasty. Snow snow and more snow. Kicker, Kaine and Ben plowed driveways and we were all thankful that we could stay home. Our big project on Sunday was making sure all animals had water, straw, were ok, nothing looked off. Frankly it took all day. The mares are in circle 5 but can go out on the desert, which is 500 additional acres. Only about 17 of them have come in, so we have to get out to check the others. There is plenty of feed until the snow gets deep, then we feed. And yes, the calf in the picture is fine. She was just cold.
It is pretty awesome having the kids at the age they are. They are very helpful and competent. I have no clue what we are going to do when they find better things to do. Like hang out with their friends or go to college. Hopefully they will be like us and come home all the time. As of Sunday night, all was well and the animals were safe and healthy.