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Summer Pasture

I wrote this blog from the buddy seat of the planter tractor. Yes, we were still planting a week ago. This wet spring we’ve been having has created a stir-crazy environment at home. With each passing day not spent in the field, Jared longed to get the tractor put away for the season. This is the first year Jared and I are farming (financially) on our own. Farming for our parents is fun. Farming for our parents is easy. Farming on our own is…well it’s still fun, but it’s not easy. However, we couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Since the breeding season concluded, most of our days have been spent fixing and building fence around the pastures. For years, our cows and calves have spent their summers five hours away on pastureland near Springview, Nebraska. This year, we decided to keep our cows close to home. Since no one wants to spend all summer putting cows back in after they somehow find their way out, fixing the fences had to be done. Dad only scolded me three times for losing my leather gloves. You learn the hard way that barbed wire has no friends.

While the cows are on pasture, they’ll spend their days grazing on grass and growing their calf. This is my favorite time of year because “chores” don’t really exist. Instead of normal morning chores, we’ll drive through pastures making sure the entire herd is accounted for and healthy, fill creep feeders for the calves and set out mineral tubs for the cows. Creep feeders are special feeders for calves to eat out of that help them adapt to feedlot rations quicker when they are weaned from their mother. 

Earlier this May, my younger sister, Michelle, graduated from Kansas State University. She is now home for the summer helping around the farm. It sure has been nice to have her nearby again.

In other news, the chickens finally made the new coop their home. They’re still pretty hesitant about the watermelon in their house, but as soon as they figure out what it is, they’ll have it munched down in minutes!

 

 

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