Can you tell that I am EXCITED to announce that calving 2016 has officially began at our place!?! Things started off on March 16th with three calves, two from heifers (right on time) and one from a 2nd calver (a week early, but a great size!). OF COURSE, this all happened while I was away at a work conference in the city, so you can imagine how pouty I was about that...
And things didn't slow down! In the last two weeks of March we managed to get 40% of our herd calved out and I am happy to say no losses and even one set of twins! (Middle bottom picture is of 'Snips' the bottle feeder heifer twin)
We were SUPER lucky to have such beautiful spring weather this month. While we are loving the dryness for calving, we are starting to get worried about spring moisture. Time will tell but we are definitely bracing for a drought this year, and are hoping to utilize a lot of rented pastures to spread out our grazing intensities at home. The other big fear we have is grasshoppers. We are located just inside a grasshopper hot spot from 2015 and if the dry weather persists, we may be looking at quite a challenging summer ahead of us. Cross your fingers and toes for us!
A lot of BULL
On the Drilling Side
While it is still too soft to get the rig out and going in our country (we have to wait for road bans to lift), the boys have certainly been busy in March. Clayton and Royden have been welding machines, using the squared pipe that Clay sells to create a whole wack of corral panels, free standing panels, calf shelters and bale feeders. Not to mention they built some pretty great jigs to pound the panels out of and a really nice cutting table to make their jobs super efficient. I have to say I am so proud of the work these two have been doing and am really happy to see these two cousins work so well together. Royden is an asset to our team and we're proud he is part of the Legacy Drilling team!
Now hopefully in April we can get some drilling done!
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