Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night
stays these couriers from the swift completion
of their appointed rounds.
It may be the U.S. Postal Service's unofficial motto, but it could just as easily be a slogan for Kansas cattlemen.
While beef production critics would like to think that cattle should just graze from green pastures all year 'round, that's not a wintertime reality in Kansas. Freezing temperatures don't leave edible tidbits in our pastures, so it's up to cattlemen to feed their herds. That happens whether it's -8 (like it was a week ago Monday), whether we're experiencing the more moderate temperatures this week or whether the wind is already howling (like it is this morning).
silage in the trench silo. While older cows will pick through the material, young feeder calves "turn up their noses" and won't eat it. So, periodically, the guys have to clean that layer off. Randy scraped away the sides with the pitchfork because it's hard for the bucket on the tractor to remove it. However, Jake used the bucket to clean off the rotted silage in the middle of the stack. (If you look at the photo on the left below, you can see that the outer layer is a little darker. That's the "rotten.")
The roar of the feed truck acts like a dinner bell for our bovines. Cattle that had been in a different, adjoining lot came to "belly up to the bar," so to speak.
At some of our winter locations for cattle, there is water available. However, the guys also have to haul water to one location.
The water tank has a valve at the back, which they open to let the water flow into the tank in the corral.
So, whether sun or rain or sleet or Kansas wind, the guys do their part to make sure our herd has the food and water they need.