It is time to move the cows onto spring range. The weather was beautiful, but a little too warm for very pregnant cows. We took things slow.
We all split up to gather the cows which had scattered across the large valley and up into the hills. This is the view I had. It was amazing. There is nothing like the peace you get being alone in the desert on a good horse.
I managed to find a cow or two.
Eventually we all gathered together in the bottom and headed across the valley.
Haha, who is that cowgirl?
The sky was amazing.
Crossing the hard pan.
We are in the middle of calving our heifers. After the babies are a couple of days old we take them and their mommas to a separate pasture. This helps keep the moms from getting confused. It is a slow process getting the little ones anywhere.
It takes some patience from the cowboys and their horses.
Sometimes the babies require a little personal attention.
We have some pretty great cowboys and cowgirls.
This cow couldn't have her calf without a little help. This is a series of pictures I took of Dave corralling the cow so we could help her.
It takes a good horse, a quick mind and quicker feet.
We have about 100+ heifers calved, only about 170 or so to go. See you soon.
So far this season has started off well. The weather isn't warm, but they aren't dropping in snow.
We did have thick fog this morning. It sure sparkled.
It was pretty frosty.
Geese on the frozen pond.
These two both want the same calf. One is confused.
Stay tuned for more calving pictures in February. Things are about to get quite busy around here.
Winter means frosty mornings, beautiful skies, a lot of hard work and maybe even a little fun.
A day on the range.
I broke the ice in three sets of tubs yesterday. Now that isn't three tubs mind you. It's like 8 to 11 tubs in each set. Wow, I was exhausted.
Along with ice breaking comes the winter riding. The cowboys took the cows out to the North range this week. I made Clay and Hannah pose for a couple of pictures. They are good sports.
This was a two day cattle drive, for a total of about 25 miles. Day one they went 14 miles. Then finished up the next day.
Dave and I hauled hay, mineral block and water troughs for the cows. What a beautiful day.
We managed to sneak a little fun in on Christmas day.
This old toboggan still flies down the hill. It was my dad's when he was a kid in the 50's.
This was the landing. haha
Here is a family photo. It is a difficult process getting this group to pose for a picture.
Clay, Hannah, Kori, Ryan, Tana and Dave.
So that is about it for 2016. Here's wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.
I went with Dave to break ice yesterday. It was chilly, but oh so pretty.
We had to use an axe to break the ice.
Then we used this fancy invention a friend of ours made for us. It was pretty handy and really saved our backs. We could get big chunks of ice out quite easily.
Obviously I was getting a kick out of using it. Why not make the job fun right?
The cows were happy, we were happy and it was beutiful.
We must like the cold weather, or NOT. It seems like when the temperature drops we head out to the range. But along with the cold comes beautiful scenery.
We counted the cows out of the fields and headed to the range.
It was COLD. There was a cold wind out of the North. I was lucky enough to leave the cowboys to the riding and I headed home to make them something warm for lunch and shuttle their truck.
I caught up with them as they were reaching the hills.
Hannah bundled up. She was doing fine, but I am sure she was wishing the wind would stop.
The dogs didn't seem to mind the wind.
Clay on Maggie, she is only two.
After a warm lunch they were off again, they still had quite a journey ahead. Up and over the hills and on to the range on the other side.
Dave and I took the trucks around so they would have a ride at the end.
KC our helper
Here they come. Oh I bet the truck was a site for sore eyes. No wimps around here.
The cows were happy to see the water too.
Today we went out to the Gonder Range. It was a whopping 8 degrees. But the wind wasn't blowing, so it actually felt better than the other day.
We were bundled up.
Kyle counted the cows through the gate.
My good girl, Josie.
And look, it warmed up.
The other day we took the cows from Burbank to the fields in Garrison. They were happy to be headed to their next location.
The cows were really strung out. It was quite a site.
Clay is training this little filly. It's her third ride out. She did great.
A couple that rides together, stays together.
Hannah had her mustang along again. She is really making a lot of progress with her.
We had a great day moving cows. Then it was time for another small task. Hannah and I went to water the heifers. Sounds easy right? Well as we were headed out Clay told us to take a rain coat. What? Why?
We may have lost control of our water for a bit.
On was one thing, off was something else.
It wasn't easy moving the fire hose from trough to trough. And I decided that it was important to take pictures. Hannah was a good sport that's for sure.
Yep, we got wet. I think it was an excellent bonding moment.
But look, we succeeded. (Don't look at the muddy ground)
Now that's a happy cow!
It's October and that means it is time to start taking cows out to the winter range.
The cowboys brought the cows from the fields South of Garrison, over Cedar Pass and all the way East to the Gonder Range on day one. These pictures are of day two.
I had the really tough job of keeping the already gathered cows standing still while the others gathered cows to me. ( I'm joking, it wasn't tough at all.) It gave me a chance to take pictures of the beautiful scenery.
See, I have my cows under control.
The cows started coming in.
Oh how important I felt having them all gather to me.
Meet Hannah, our newest ranch hand.
This is Hannah's adopted mustang. It looks like she is doing a great job with her.
Up the bench and into the hills we went.
I just love this fall weather. Happy Trails.
Unfortunately when you raise livestock there is loss. A calf in the feedlot died last night so we wanted to find out why. Finding out the reason of the death could help us prevent more deaths.
Hannah has performed autopsies before so she helped Clay do one on this calf.
They started with the esophagus making sure there wasn't an obstruction or sign of injury or damaged tissue. It looked fine.
They checked out the lungs. They had a little discoloration and peculiar feel. Possibly pneumonia or other respiratory problem.
The heart appeared healthy. Hannah seemed a little too happy to have that heart in her hands. haha
The liver showed some discoloration. Hannah and Clay will look up possible reasons for this.
I don't know about these two.
Dave and I just got back from a fun filled trip to Wyoming. We started in Kemerer Wyoming.
Kemerer is the home of the very first JC Penney store.
Next we headed to Thermopolis Wyoming. Here they have the world's largest mineral hot springs.
We walked around Hot Springs State Park. It was quite pretty, but a little stinky.
The hot springs and the river were neat, but the real reason we were in Thermopolis was for the Wyoming Quarter Horse Sale.
Our son Clay has been working for Bill Smith in Thermopolis all summer getting some of these horses ready for the sale.
There were so many pretty horses.
Yes, that is Wilford Brimley. He likes to help out at the auction.
Several weanlings, yearlings and two year olds were at the sale from the Bartlett Ranch which is in LaGrange Wyoming. The two year olds were part of the colt breaking clinic that Clay was part of in June. He helped start a couple of them.
The young horses were cared for and shown by a group of really good horse women. They worked with and trained these horses all summer.
Leave it to Clay to find a girl for himself.
After the sale we took a drive to Greybull Wyoming to see friends.
We took a ride with our friends in the Big Horn Mountains to check on their horse herd.
Yes, they made the women ride in back. But we had the refreshments.
Yes, this happened. We took a little dip in the creek. This just added to the adventure and fun of the day.
No one was hurt and we found this mis-hap pretty funny. Looking at the picture it occurs to me that the driver isn't nearly wet enough.
The scenery on the mountain was incredible.
We found the horses. They were beautiful.
We get many of our horses from here. Now I see why they are so good in the mountains. This is where mares, foals and young horses spend the summer.
As you can see, I really enjoyed the horses.
We left Greybull, drove over the Big Horn Mountains and on to Devil's tower.
Our friends own the Devil's Tower KOA and have a ranch there as well. They toured us around. We saw more beautiful country.
Our Wyoming trip was great. We got to see where Clay spent the summer, spent time with great friends and saw some wonderful country. I love Wyoming!