Cows

The a.m. shift

So i am awoken  this morning at 2 am,to the sounds of serious loud barking and think to myself @&%$#* dogs ,should i really get out of bed and see what’s going on.I mean our dogs are known to go on barking  tangents at any given time of the day,and usually at things that aren’t attention worthy.But my need to console my worries gets the best of me(forgot to mention we had four of our neighbors young bulls come over a day ago)so i figured they might be in with the girls by this morning.Anyways back to the story.As i lay in bed i did what any groggy,half asleep,exhausted,butt kicked from previous days chores,annoyed from being woken from a good dream person would do,i slightly pushed the curtains open  with my finger to see what was up(as if i could see anything in the pitch black) and to my surprise saw a big dark bovine outline outside my bedroom window,damn i thought this is how my day is gonna’ play out.Well the first thing i did was lay back down,i guess i figured the bulls finally made their way through all the fences so might as well rest up till later this morning as i will need all my energy for the big bull parade,but something inside me said get your butt out of bed and check it out.So with many colorful words racing in my mind i quickly pulled on my pants and other warm clothing (did a last check to see if the wife was awake and wanted to help,yeah right) and went to see my fate.Well imagine my surprise when i came out the door to see my own cows running around kicking their heels up and eating freely from the hay pile!This scenario which isn’t a new one if you’ve read my previous blogs was most annoying because they where in their pasture last night at feeding time and through error of my own had escaped out of a hole (the last in a fence we were fixing) and that i had assured my wife would be fine till we got back to it in a day our two was blasted open,i should have known better since  my cows are exceptional escape artist and nothing in a fence goes unnoticed.Well i ended up chasing them back and forth for about 30 minutes in the dark through the west pasture,and into a drainage ditch till i got them lined out on the fence and pushed back into the pasture that they had come from and quickly put a panel over the big gap in the fence till morning light,but now i can’t go back to sleep so here i am.Moral of the story is don’t put off till tomorrow what needs done today, unless you’re a really heavy sleeper!Now where are those bulls?!

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Bovine Road Show

yesterday i woke up with a less than enthusiastic look on the days task at hand.Although i only had to worry about 6 head of cows that were personally mine,and 20 head of a friends,the reports we had received of our unruly bovines pushing the fences and escapading around our friends neighborhood some 120 miles from here didn’t seem like a very promising opportunity for a very good day.I guess it all started when a lonely Holstein heifer across the road from our girls saw the chance for some socialization next door and upon leaving her field and entering our pasture unwittingly knocked some fence down on her way in.Well low and behold those cows got together and came up with exit strategy (maybe they could teach our politicians a few things).  Any who,those said cows (which happen to belong to yours truly) started to make their way through the countryside till a good willed neighbor got them turned around and called our friends whom sent them back where i wanted them to be.Apperently that momentary taste of freedom was just to sweet and a new plan was devised and executed with success,luckily for me they only made it next door to the neighbors whom has cows and understands their wanderlust.Well we showed up there yesterday, and long story short,were able to get quite a bit of exercise we had been missing this winter in the form of chasing cattle afoot,before they could get into what we were told was 140 acres of unfenced property,most of it being hilly and thickly wooded.So what was dreaded to be a day long gathering operation turned out to take an hour at most.Sometimes you have some good karma built up and it pays off.Now the girls are home where i can keep a close eye on them.The bovine road trip has come to an end. 

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Social-media on the farm

Sierra and Mariah
Chicken duty

Well I’m not sure how i came to have a blog,especially since I’m not sure anyone wants to particularly read my ramblings,but it’s a good way to keep family and friends up to date on the doings of two ex city kids from the bay area turn farmer/ranchers.The whole story behind that particular subject is much to long for a blog page,but if you where to meet me in daily life I’m sure i could tell more than anyone would want to know over coffee.Ha-ha!This week has been social media madness,it all started with a Facebook page for our little ranch,then a Twitter page (still not real savvy on that one),and lastly this blog page here on WordPress.I’ have a new-found respect for those business folks whom are good at juggling all these different media components all at the same time, while also running the day-to-day workings of a successful business venture,in my case a ranch.I’m not sure i’m in that number yet,but I’ll give it my darndest effort.I also work for the county Ag dept,as a tech in the summer,so my life starts to get hectic this time of year. On a purely farming note this is the time of year here in our valley where lambs and calves are being born,birds are coming back to nest or passing through on their way to some far off place,and local farmers and ranchers are antsy and itching to get outside and start to work the ground in anticipation of the fall works.As ranchers we’re allways thinking and preparing for the next winter on the ranch,that starts in the spring with planting pasture for summer grazing and hay crops,gardens for fresh veggies,canning,and freezing for later use in winter and some direct sales through farmers markets and on farm sales,Growing out the lambs and calves for meat for the house and direct market sales.Infastructure chores included,but are not limited to fence repair and new fence construction (animals and cattle, especially bulls are hard on fences) but good fences make good neighbors.Wish someone would tell my neighbor that,Lol! Irrigation planning,garden prep,greenhouse installation,house maintenance,firewood gathering,equipment maintenance and repair,well you get the gist,there’s no end,and now social media upkeep.Sheesh! When will i find the time?!Right now we’re waiting for a few ewes to lamb,had a couple already,lost one bummer lamb sadly,so hoping the rest go smoothly and mother up without needing my assistance,or at least minamally.Cows are down below on grass,and plan on a trip down friday to check them with my buddy whom was gracious enough to let me throw my cows with his on pasture he’s had for a few years,so hoping maybe there’ll be a few new calves down there.Fingers crossed.Also looking forward to getting the garden going full-bore,i fill as if i haven’t had a decent vegetable in a long time,supermarkets just aren’t the same,i just like fresh from the garden.Well all that being said,i guess it’s time to get on the payroll and get ranching,that’s all the blogging i have in me for now,I’ll try to keep this blog as up to date as time permits,till next time.Happy trails!Solomon Sweeting.

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