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Monday, June 22, 2009

So Many Trips

I've never seen it take so many trips to work cattle. (Getting the big calves ready to ship and little calves their shots). We went to the ranch three times for different reasons Saturday and John went two times Sunday with me along once. Today he went twice. Now the big ones are at auction down the street and the little ones didn't get their shots as the cowboy with his horse didn't show up at 7 A.M. He has never been a no show before so he must have forgotten. John happened to be behind two guys with their trailer so he followed them and turned out to be someone he knew. He was able to hire them to haul his. On the way out Saturday morn. we saw a young deer cross in front of us on the farm to market road. John said the mama had probably already crossed and the young one was following. We rarely see deer on this road but they are coming closer for water. We saw a roadrunner (chaperell bird) near the farmhouse house and we rarely see that either. We saw a dry land turtle and we rarely see them anymore. They have become few and far between like the horned toads. We were out looking for a cow who should have had her calf. I could see something black in the distant field so we drove out and it was the cow. She had given birth but her calf was no where in sight. It was too hot in the middle of the day to walk looking for it and probably not have found it and one of us have a heat stroke. We don't dare drive through the tall dry grass looking as we could run over the baby. The mama did bring it up next morning. One little calf was born with something wrong with it and it didn't make it. John and his son were able to get the pair into the pens but baby was dead when we went out again late afternoon. The night before cattle working John wakes up early and can't go back to sleep. You would think he would be used to it by now. Guess he worries about what can go wrong. He was up at 4 A.M. this morning so he went out to dispose of the baby calf. Came back to wash his hands, eat breakfast and out again. It was very hot Saturday but there was a hot breeze blowing to cool off the sweat on our bodies. Boy! Did a shower feel good.

10 comments:

Donna said...

Amen on the shower. I just got out of mine, after being outside with 110 heat index. Whew.

garnett109 said...

I got heat stroke just reading all the work that goes on in the heat.

jack69 said...

Great Cowgirl report. Amazing how hot there and we are at 67 degrees here during the day. But then we are in New York. Sorry for the heat, but y'all are tough! We miss seeing the west and south west, but we don't mind missing the heat. amazing isn't it, there was a time when no one had A/C!
Enjoyed your narrative and info on Cows and calves.
Jack & Sherry

Cindi ;) said...

tis warm indeed..A/C running all the time here...sorry bout losing the baby calf...guess thats part of ranching tho...

Missie said...

Our temps have been a lot lower than yours. Thank goodness.

Have a good week.

sober white women said...

The heat is on the rise, so you please take care of yourself. I love hearing about your adventures on the ranch.
Kelli

Rose said...

so sorry about the calf. it's hot here finally upper 90's with 105 heat index. take care honey!

Shirl 72 said...

So sorry about losing the baby calf.
We are also having hot weather no rain in
sight. Last week rained every day for a week.
Your trips are making me tired I must go relax
in my chair.

Shirl

Marlene said...

No real Summer here yet, Gosh, we haven't even had a nice Spring. Cool and rainy every day. Take care.......

Carlene Noggle said...

Hot heer too Paula...110 heat index, 105 actual heat...and let's not even mention the humidity...I can't take the ehat like I once could. Please take care and don't stay out in it too long. So sorry about the little baby calf.
love,
carlene