December 2015 Preg-Checking

Staying organized and taking the time to manage the ranch is critical in order to run a successful operation. Checking each cow to see if she is pregnant and estimating the age of the fetus is part of managing a cow/calf operation. Last week we set up the portable tub and panels just north of town at a farm where we rent some land. It was a nice day to get some cattle work done.

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We had a lot of great help that day. I kept records while John worked the chute and did other various tasks. Dr. Odde did the veterinarian work, and the rest of the guys pushed cattle up the alley.

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Our portable generator wasn’t working, so we had to use this tractor to run the hydraulic chute.  You may remember a few years ago when I razzed my father-in-law about getting a hydraulic chute. Well, now we have one! What a lucky gal, huh!?

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I finally got to leave the windy chill of the outside world and work on records in the warmth of the pickup. It’s the closest thing to luxury I have around here: heated seats and satellite radio.

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Running a ranch isn’t simply about raising cattle. There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes in order to ensure that the cattle we raise are healthy and well taken care of.

From our herd to yours,
The Displaced City Girl

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