Posted By: Jesse Williams
I think the best description of May 2016 would be "Branding Month" in our part of the woods! May, being the first really nice month of the year meant that we spent every second we could outside, soaking up the sunshine... and even some rain!!
Here is a look back at our month...
We rang in May with our branding on the 7th and it was a gorgeous day! The sun was beaming and I even got my first sunburn of the year. We had about 45 wonderful friends, family and neighbors come help us brand about 200 head, a combination of our calves and my husband's parents'. Many hands made light work and the branding was over before we knew it! Thank you so much to everyone that helped!
Because we had so much great help at our branding, we needed to return the favor. So far we have attended 6 brandings of friends and family that attended ours. By our calculations we have three more to do in June and July. Let the fun begin!
Let it Pour, Baby!
You may have read in my previous spring posts that we were really, really worried about moisture around here. Well our crossed toes and fingers must have worked, because the clouds opened up and delivered 2" in one shot, then another 1" after that, with some intermittent sprinkles on top! I am certain I can hear the grass growing!! And HAY! We think we are actually going to have a bit of hay to bale this year. Can I get a hallelujah!?
There was no shortage of work around the ranch this month. We spent a bit of time on our horses moving cows from pasture to pasture after branding. We were very happy with our decision to hire a liner to move our cows to some of our further away pastures this year. Last year Clay spent 4 days moving cows with our trailer, and this year we moved more cows to more pastures for cheaper, in just one day. I call that winning!
On the 28th & 29th we also put our bulls out with their ladies. This means our cows could start calving as early as March 6, 2017.I thought for sure we were going to get rained on but we got the boys to the yard just as the rain started. Score!
We started #plant16 with our very first garden on the new farmyard! It is excessively large with a fence that isn't done and water lines that are yet to be hooked up- but it is planted!! I will post later about what we planted and how it's doing throughout the summer. A big thank you to Clay's brother Cody for the cultivating, Clay's aunt Connie for the rototiller and my dad for the post pounder! The support we have in our life is tremendous :)
Looking Forward to June
Looking ahead to June, we are still busy, busy, busy! I am hoping to share with you all...
Hand Hills Lake Stampede (Happy 100th!)
Garth Brooks Concert in Saskatoon
Hand Hills Ball Tournament
Original Grazing School for Women
Finalizing the blueprints of our new home!
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