Friday, December 19, 2014

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Winter has finally arrived in Kansas and the chores on a ranch have gotten crazy! Luckily we are not scheduled to have any baby calves yet, so we are just making sure cattle are all cared for: fed and watered and have a dry place to sleep. But even that can be a big job depending on how much snow arrives! Today I planned to feed the cattle who are spending the first part of the winter eating up what the combine dropped when we harvested the soybeans and corn from this ground. But with snow, the natural feed is covered up and the girls need a bit of a snack to tide them over until the snow melts. So I took a big bale of hay to them before the temperatures got above freezing, and the ground thawed. I didn't want to get stuck!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Nothing but cows, frogs & fish

What would you want to do after spending three weeks in a hospital, where it is never quiet and you are out of control of even your basic privacy?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Working cattle without me?

Tyler and I are home! Just two short weeks after having a liver transplant, my son is doing very well. He is recuperating from a huge abdominal surgery and working to stabilize the immunosuppressant medicines that he will take for the rest of his life. But he is doing great! Thanks for all the prayers.
While we were in the hospital, it was time to pregnancy check our bred heifers. These are the young cows who are pregnant with their first calf. Right now, the American cow herd is at an all-time low. Which means there are fewer cows out there than any other time in recent history. Those numbers are beginning to come back, but it is hard to justify keeping your heifers to raise and put back into your herd, when prices at weaning time are crazy high! The supply of beef is also at a low and the American appetite still wants beef...so you are seeing higher prices in the grocery store.

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