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The Cattle Pen & What It Holds

We have received all the cattle we plan to this winter season to feed.  Milton and I worked the last 42 head on Friday.  It went smoothly and only took us about 2 hours, which was good!  This load was much calmer than the original ones we received.  The weather was chilly but we both survived.  We have pulled a few and separated them from the rest of the herd, as we think they may be sick.

feeder cattle 2017

I was in this part of the pen with them. I would get them into the alleyway to the cattle shoot so Milton could take care of them.

 

We have a total of 173 head to feed for the winter, here’s hoping it stays that way! Twice a day Milton goes out to feed them and look them over for any sick ones.  It has been fun to go over and help with chores, to complete them as a family.

I love to watch our daughter play in the hay, chase the farm dog, and be excited about helping.  PV takes it all in stride most days and even requests us to not work the cattle when she is gone.

My favorite picture from recently is this one.  Our daughter with Milton’s father looking over the cattle in the pen.  I have no idea what they were talking about but I know it was a treasure.  Having her live close to her grandparents is a blessing and I’m grateful they are still here to know her and that she can know them.

Family Generations Farming

What is inside the cattle pen is essentially a big deal, but the way it has brought our family closer together on the outside of it, well that makes this farm-wife/momma quite happy.

I’ll close by saying that the risk involved in farming and having cattle is a big one.  Choices are made, mistakes happen, success does occur, but what is most important is how you live your life doing it.  How you balance the life of being that  farmer or cattle-person with family life and how you share the goodness that farming brings.  How you bring together the two things and create a legacy that generations can be proud of.

family working together farm cattle

Until next time,

Julie


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Cattle, Hay, Soybeans, and More

We received our first load of feeder cattle for the winter on Tuesday, October 24th late at night.  33 head made their way to our pens and they were not happy about being away from their mommas!

farm cattle 2017

I have to tell you that our youngest daughter is very excited about the cattle.  We skipped last year feeding cattle, she has always loved having them here.  Even at a young age she had no fear of them and would go right up to the feed bunk.

Cow playing!

When her Dad told her they would be here that night she was thrilled and the very next morning before school she headed over to see them.  PV also asked her Dad not to “work the cattle” until Friday, when she was out of school, so she could help us.  Then she told me she was going to grandma’s house last night and when she came back she had this for me.

That’s her notes from checking cattle. Those are ear tags in case you didn’t know. ☺ She said she stood outside the pen (just as Dad told her that morning) and checked the cattle for sick ones. These are two she feels need to be watched.  Then she proceeded to tell me Grandma had picked out one for PV like she does every year to watch. E7 I think. 😃

I’m very glad that PV is excited to help us and that it can be a family event.  I know her Dad really likes the moments when she involved and interested.

We always have someone grind hay that we feed our cattle.  I was able to snap a couple pictures, normally I am at work so I was able to witness how it is done.  It was a VERY windy Kansas day and you can barely see the orange tractor Milton is driving!

Hay Grinding

Milton harvested soybeans this week and then the combine had a part break.  He was able to finally get it off and ordered a new one.  He was able to harvest some more beans with the gimpy part! 🙂 Milton has been completing harvest for milo and soybeans without any help.  He cuts the crops then hauls when the semi is full to the grain elevator that is about five miles away from most of our fields.  It takes longer but it saves us money since we do not have to pay someone.  This is the first year he has really done this but it seems to be going okay.

Our annual landlord dinner is this weekend!  I will write a post ALL about it next week probably.  I’ve got a lot to do so I better get going!

Until Next time!

Julie