Sunday, April 26, 2015
Friday had three main jobs: spreading fertilizer, spraying the wheat, and taking the bull out of the pasture.
First he went to the co-op to get the fertilizer spreader. They spent some time getting the settings just right and hitching on.
Then we all went over to the barn where all the cattle were shut in the lot after eating their silage. The bull was happy to follow a bucket with feed right into the trailer almost! It went very smoothly! The cows and calves were let out into the pasture, while the bull was taken to his stable in the barn until his job is needed again.
Once the bull was in his place it was time to spread fertilizer. That got done about lunchtime and they got the sprayer ready to go with herbicide to kill the winter wheat that had been used as a cover crop to keep erosion at bay.
After the kids and I brought the guys a snack, grandpa and grandma took the kids to pick up recently cut firewood from a tree that had fallen over the fence.
You never know what will happen in a day on the farm you can have good plans but sometimes the unexpected happens!
The vet came out and did the vaccinations today. After that it was time to haul the calves out of the barn and turn them loose in the pasture.
Just back up through the gate and they all go out frolicking and happy and bucking like a rodeo.
After the hauling it's time to put the gates back, and park everything. Daddy had a helper to move that gate.
After the last years calves were moved it was time to move some of the cow/calf pairs to the next field with better grass. First we checked the fence, and then the guys walked up to the trailer where they open the gate.
The momma cows have been doing this for years -- going back-and-forth to the field -- and they know where to go. It's the baby calves that we have to watch! But they are little enough that they wanted to stay right by momma the whole time.
Here they come! We always have spotters on either side of the road to block traffic if necessary but this doesn't take more than two minutes hardly for them to come down the road - often we never see a vehicle the entire time from fence check, people set-up, cattle drive, and even by the time we have everything back in the barn lot. Our road is a pretty quiet rural road unless the river is out then we get quite a bit of traffic.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The cows are brought their silage breakfast in the wagons every day, until the grass is ready for the impact of all their hooves and grazing.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Gathering data for the chick weight chart. The production reds as a group were much calmer about being caught than the brown leghorns and even the australorps.
The old timers used to say (so I've been told) that a large lilac bloom means a large corn harvest that year. The bush is dripping with blossoms!
And I don't put a lot of stock in old sayings or luck....but I've been finding a lot of these lately as well!