April has been pretty much covered in rain, snow, and cooler temperatures than usual. Not a typical spring for around here. So not a lot has been going on. Just in the last week or so things have ramped up.
We haven't had any calves this month---yet. I know our Bessie girl is getting close. I think there are 3 or 4 more, cannot keep track exactly.
This past weekend, I helped Trey get several tasks done. We started Friday afternoon after work. I had to count how much grass seed went into each of the drill's spots.
Then he worked on making sure it was secure. He ended up not even using this tractor. :)
I got to drive the Honda over to help. I think that was the second time I've driven it since we got it last November. His excuse is that he likes to drive. :)
Then we set up the chute to vaccinate our calves. The chute gate walls are super heavy! But we got that done, and called it a day.
Saturday morning Trey got up bright and early, and I joined him around 7:30 (sleeping in these days for me). He already had the calves vaccinated.
Then we moved them over to other side of the corral.
The pasture is ready, and since it's not supposed to be raining like cats and dogs finally, we were going to move them out there.
We built a temporary fence for the heifers, and let the steers roam in the big pasture for now.
Trey had penned up the other calves on the other side to start weaning them. We had to move them over to where the chute was set up, so we could vaccinate sometime this week.
That was a fun task. It's like they can see the opening, but they don't want to go through it at all. We had one that would not cooperate, so we finally opened a hole in the lean-to of the barn to make it easier to make him go over. There were 10 total we needed to move over, but we only counted seven. Three had escaped to run back to their mamas. We decided to keep the seven over and try to catch the other three that night or in the morning.
|I will spare you the blood-curling cries from mamas and babies. They were very loud!|
Trey then took off to reseed some alfalfa pastures in need of some help. I took him lunch. While he did that, I went and visited with my nieces and nephews. They had a sleepover the night before, and we took advantage of the warm sunshine and played outside.
Trey and I went out for ice cream and called it a day around 8. We were super busy that day and exhausted from all the work we did.
Sunday morning I got a phone call to come help with move the calves over. Yes, I was still in bed while he was outside. We finally got all the calves moved over.
It's a lot of work, but the results are so rewarding.
It's about time for it to become even more busier, and the time we have together barely exists. You just gotta roll with it and laugh along the way.
Stay tuned to see if I have any more updates on the farm or any new calves we may have!