Supposed to have some rain and chance of snow coming i again tonight… don’t look like much of either, but wind with it of course.. I needed new battery’s for my pickup so this afternoon I got it jump started and went to Punkin Center and got them and some lick barrels with Mag in them to keep from getting grass tetny… came home and fed and then saddled up Pilgrim and away we went. got all the drop bunch in and most f the pairs out north and everything can get out of the wind if they want.. some of these cows sure seem stupid… tired this evening for some reason, couldn’t have anything to do with a straight shouldered big bay horse….

Supposed to get some rain and snow tonight and into the morning. but don’t look like we will get much, oh, and of course thew wind will blow… I cleaned on corrals again today, I need about 3 truck loads of gravel hauled in now! Maybe 4 or 5! Tat new tractor will really dig, if you ain’t careful…

We went out and got the cows in to the hog pasture and put two new pairs north..  I fed the few pairs some small bales with the team so Chance and the whole family went along. I seen Hope taking pictures, but don’t know if she posted a anything on Facebook or not.. I got some of a pair of Tates that calved today but for some reason this blog won’t let me load them.. I think my computer needs a tune up.. wish i could afford a new to me used on…

Not sure how many readers of this blog are aware of what is going on out near Las Vegas NV with the Bundy’s…  The Bundy family has ranched a piece of ground since back i the 1800′s.. In the 30′s the federal government came in and told all ranchers using public grazing land (that is about all most BLM is in the west, ground that no one wanted in the homestead days as they couldn’t make a living on it) that the Congress had started a new deal called the Taylor Grazing Act.. which eventually spawned of the Bureau of Land Management or BLM… in this act they said that they would now start charging grazing fees to people ,who had already established a claim upon the land by the use of it… the Bundy’s like most, had privately held ground and had all the rights to any and all water on it, being the first to use it… for this fee that would be charged the government would then manage it to the best use and take the money charged and put mostly back into the land to improve it.. fast forward to about the early 90′s when all of a sudden, there were all these groups who wanted the ranchers and their cattle off the land, for one excuse or another, but it was all a smoke screen to get the water for the cities in the arid west… Las Vega now wants the water on the Bundy’s land and the Bundy’s refuse to sell out.. so they are using all and any means to drive them off the land.. True, the Bundy’s quit paying their grazing fee’s to the BLM when this all started, but  it was because the BLM was not honoring their contract for what they said they’d do when it was established…so they tried to pay the fees to their local country, as in the Constitution of the US it states that the Federal Government is not to own any lands that are not used for Military bases and such.. I think they are limited to owning only 10 acres or something like that… so the state really owns the land and the counties are to administer.. the BLM is superseding the rights of the state and county as the sheriff in that jurisdiction wants to keep his job and all the votes come from the City of Las Vegas… it is a terrible thing and confrontations are going on as I write this.. I will include some links to news feed and media.. of course, you will see little if anything on the mass media and if you do, they will take the side of the BLM.. a faceless bureaucratic night mare, like most government agency’s…

For some reason I can not copy and paste here, but do a search for Bundy’s Range War and you will get all the info..

 

Got 3 today and one was a cow we had and bred/..  the rest been bought cows…I have been checking for awhile.. kind of nice to see some calves fro my effort! Real warm weather… 70′ s I suppose.. supposed to cool off a little but nothing to drastic.. cloud and chance of rain., I’ll take it.. don’t have much other choice! Worked on leather most of the day, sure hate to be doing that this nice weather, I’d like to be out riding…

Warmer, in the 50′s  and supposed to keep warming… Mass schedule switched to Sunday morning at 10 and we had a house full.. Got another calf yesterday out of a cow Tate bought… Chance ear marked it and said she is a real good mama! That’s okay, coyotes won’t be a problem then… wind is blowing ow and supposed to keep it up for a couple days s a lot of the mud will dry up…

We have sunshine and warmer weather.. mud and springtime weather… oh, I am plumb happy about it, but after all the whining I have been hearing about how hard of a winter it’s been.. I just hope your all happy! ;-)

But not much of one… Wind started blowing pretty hard Sunday evening and snow started a bit before 7 Monday morning.. didn’t get a lot, maybe 4 inches, but how can you tell when the wind blew like it did.. never got real bad, no calves… Chance and I sorted off 4 and put them in the barn just in case, but rally didn’t think they would calve and they didn’t.. pretty nice out there now, tho’ it go in the single digits last night.. I rode Woody to sort.. I’d about forgot how much fun he is to turn loose on a cow… supposed to take some young horses and meet Levi in the morning so he can have some to ride and I can get some rode.. probably he will have 4 and I will get two back… Addy Bear is hanging out with us today… I am working on leather… got a couple sets of bucking rolls laid out to finish up for me and drew out  the patterns for the stirrup leathers on my new saddle…

Supposed to get up to 60 by this afternoon, then cooler and snow and wind coming tomorrow afternoon, night… wheee, spring on the Northern Plains…

Tate and the girls came out this morning and he helped me run the cows in and we sprayed them with wormer and lice control… ran out of the wormer part way thru’ so just used the lice stuff for the rest.. did it all horse back and it worked real slick.. Cindy cooked a roast and now I am way too full! Tate and Airy Cat and CC are about to take off as they need to get back so Mass, when Gabe is serving tonight in Custer…

Same old…. warmer weather then it cools off, get a little snow and then it melts off… most of the neighbors are calving, we are the only ones not… and that is a bit odd… the boys bought some cows that were supposed to start in March, so it was claimed and doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen… so far nothing.. this morning for the first time I went and checked to see if there were any, nope… got the last load of hay coming in today and got the new tractor to unload it… Chance and I borrowed a trailer from Clint and went and got it on Saturday… Chances pickup pulled it well, but he was amazed at how hard of a pull it was.. but them tractors stick up in the air, not like a horse trailer.. seems to be a good one so far. different that any I have run, has a joystick for the loader controls, heater and AC, still has the new car smell.. it only had 330 hours on it… 85 horse power Kubota…I’ve piddled around with it the last couple days and sure think we will like it… went over and helped Delbert shear on Friday, took Bill and he is one wool grabbing rascal.. man he almost jerked my arm off trying to hold him back fro eating sheep, while we pushed them up…not much else to report.. supposed to keep warming up, just starting to see a tinge of green here and there, guess it must be spring!

Friday evening Cindy and I ran into Sturgis for a birthday [party for Gus who turned 7 on Saturday.. Saturday morning we ran back into Sturgis to watch Gabe wrestle at Districts. two very hard matches which he lost on both, but he sure worked hard at it, the second one he lost in overtime… He will do better next year i bet.. he’s a pretty determined feller and real hard headed… must take after his Gramma’s side of the family..  ;-)

We had men’s fellowship Sunday evening and a good turnout and a good gathering… this morning I had to run to Philip to do some ban king for this new tractor.. sure would like to get it here and all done with… maybe Chance and I will have to borrow a trailer and go get it this weekend..

We have some weather coming in tonight, doesn’t loo like it will get toot bad here but you never know, got the cows all in and fed well.. my team and saddle hores I had in the corral escaped so I had to go run them in, then I went over to Pubnkin Center to get some more lick barrels for the cows as the ones they had are empty… all the kids are here .. Addy Bear spent the day with Gramma… poor kid, learning all kinds of bad habit no doubt…

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