March... In like a lamb... out like a lamb?
March has truly been an INSANE month around here- a lot of emotions, a lot of changes and a lot to be thankful for. While we can't say too much, I can let everyone know that the beautiful 2400 sq ft home we were anxiously waiting to arrive in June will not be coming (more on that topic in the future months when the lawyer's give us the go ahead!). HOWEVER, as my mom always says (insert eye roll here) "everything happens for a reason", and we are excited to see what the future holds for us in terms of our forever home on our ranch. Hopefully in April we can share some good news on this front! In the meanwhile, this is what's been keeping us busy, busy, busy...
CALVING IS HERE!!!
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)
A lot of BULL
We welcomed the arrival of a new polled fullblood Fleckvieh Simmental bull from Movald Ranches and their BullRush Sale this month and we are so excited to see what he throws for calves in the upcoming years. I am falling more and more in love with felckviehs every single day (I think Clay is starting to worry about my obsession!) and am already hand picking the cows that this guy will get to love this summer. We are hoping to breed him to our angus x and gelbvieh x dams for some smokin' red white faced replacement quality heifers and heavy steer calves that won't loose us a dime, either. I have to say a special thank you to Duane Movald for this guy, his delivery and the extra work his daughter put into washing him up real nice for us. We hope to make many future deals with Movald Ranches!
We also played with the big boys this month to prepare for the upcoming breeding season with semen testing. The fabulous Dr. Q was out once again, with trusty sidekick Shelby to make sure the bulls were in top breeding form.
Since calving was in the full swing of things by the end of March, we stuck around the farm for the long Easter weekend, just enjoying calving cows and catching up on farm work. However, it's been tradition to color Easter eggs with my niece & sister, so I managed to sneak down to their place early in March and get a bit of coloring done!
Right: Paisley giving her Aunty her best smile while we painted Easter eggs. But seriously, how cute is this kid!?
And yes, I did turn another year older on the 27th. The hubs treated me to TWO kinds of cake (of course my favorite and his favorite!) made by my mother in law, and I was blessed with many phone calls, facebook posts and text messages. A special thanks goes out to my Aunts for finding the most embarrassing photos they could of me and posting them to facebook ;)
On the Drilling Side
Now hopefully in April we can get some drilling done!