Camera Clicks and Commentary from a Kansas Farm Wife
Monday, July 20, 2015
Change of Scenery
With the thermometer hovering near 100 degrees for the past week, I am ready for a change of scenery. Kind of like Goldilocks, I am seeking "just right" - not too hot, not too cold, but that magical time when a sweatshirt is like a warm hug on a chilly morning. I must admit a little envy when I see people posting photos from their Colorado vacation cabins, bundled up with a fleecy sweatshirt.
I don't know whether the heifers were ready for a change of scenery. But they got one anyway. We moved them from one pasture to another on July 8. Though it was a couple of weeks ago, it seems like longer. The morning we moved them, it was cool enough that Randy wore a long-sleeved T-shirt. Believe me, that hasn't happened since, and it's just a fleeting - though welcome - memory.
We moved the 25 heifers and one bull after they'd been at the "Palmer pasture" for a couple of months. That pasture is not large enough to sustain that number of animals all summer. Even though there was a good amount of grass still there, Randy decided a nice, cool morning was a good time for a move. I married a wise man!
After we got them gathered in the pen, we herded about 10 at a time in the barn ...
... and into the waiting cattle trailer.
In three trips, we brought the heifers to the pasture south of our house, where they'll be dining for a few weeks.
We'll reverse the process and take them back to the Palmer pasture later this summer.
Mr. Bull got a chauffeured ride back to the home place, where he's hanging out with some late-calving cows.
His job is done for the season. We hope the "ladies" are still working hard, gestating a portion of our 2016 calf crop!