Chance and I replaced the cylinders I bent on the loader this morning… little bit more of a job than we planned… had to take them all over to Red Owl and use Kevin’s press, to push out the bushings in the old ones and into the new ones… then we went to Punkin Center and got a 18 inch cement culvert and I took it north to Harry’s and fixed the washed out crossing up there.. hopefully when it washes out now, the culvert will stay there and I can just add dirt around it.. I won’t say, IF it washes out as I am sure at some point it will.. that point on the creek has over 5600 acres of drainage, if I remember right from years ago when the ASCS came and looked at putting  dam type crossing in and wanted me to flood irrigate.. fine, only problem was it was going to cost a lot of money,m I prefer to let God do my irrigating…

Brent came this afternoon and got hi struck and hauled a load of gravel and then we left the tractor for him to load some more.. I see he got one more this evening.. not sure if he will haul tomorrow or not… we were more careful not to bend any thing this time!

This afternoon, I took  Sam and he helped me take some small square bales to the pairs and we kicked them up the creek, Chance and Gus rode, but didn’t have to do much. Then Sam and I took a bale out to the drop bunch.. don’t sound like a lot but it still filled up the day…

When i checked at 6 there were no new calves.. came home, ate a bit and did my morning routine, and saddled Pilgrim to go kick pairs out.. there were a couple new ones.. kicked pairs out, then Fr Tyler (who came home to visit last night) went and set posts for the new wind break.. we checked a gain about noon and we had 5 total for the day, not bad for a small bunch.. we went to Punkin Center and Fr Tyler bought us lunch… came home and finished setting posts.. did I mention someone who told me where to dig the holes has crooked eyes?  Had to dig out quite a few by hand to make them line up, guess who is going to line up the next holes on the other one we are planning to build? ;-) Might set them all crooked just for spite and let him dig them out! LOL

Sure was a nice day, warm and not much wind.. got a bit of wind tomorrow and then it looks like we got wind for a week, 20′s and 30 mph.. supposed to be a chance of rain coming in and it lookes like it this evening…  some snow and rain  predicted for this weeked,.. kind of far out to put much faith in it…

He has risen!

Blessings to all on this glorious Easter morning…

The sun is shining, birds are singing.. and best of all,

He has risen…

We have been keeping an eye on a cow for the past week who acts like she’s going to calve, but never gets anything done. Not springing or even bagging, but just hangs by herself and you could see something wasn’t right.. I had about decided she had calved and lost him in the creek… the other day she had some blood on her tail and I figured she had a dead calf in here, but nothing to do for it but wait.. when I checked this morning I could see just a nose starting to come out so I went and got Pilgrim and brought her in..Chance met me at the shed, and we roped her and tied her to a post and I roped a hind foot and tied her and Chance peeled down and went fishing.. he found a nose and one front foot, real close… he eventually found another foot way back and fished until he was wore out and I went fishing.. finally got a loop over that other foot and we went to pulling, she’d strain and we just weren’t making much headway… the calf was pulling hard and she seemed like she hadn’t even dilated… we eventually got the one leg and the head out and still couldn’t get that other foot up alongside where it ought to be, so said the heck with it as the calf was dead, hooked a loop over his neck and pulled on it and the one front foot.. when we got him out we discovered that the other foot was a hind foot! Man! No wonder things weren’t working… poor ol’ cow is down, but attempting to get up and I think she will make it.. we gave her a big shot of long acting pen and we are hoping for the best… rats…

Boys had no school so they rode with me and Chance into town to get new cylinders for the loader and some other stuff to build the windbreak we are putting up.. this evening we got the holes all dug and we need to go set I beams now.. the windbreak will be 96 foot on each leg, in the shape of a vee and almost 10 foot high. Sure ought to stop a lot of wind and help them cows in a blizzard like we had last fall.. supposed to build another also and we have about 600 cedar trees to plant that hopefully someday will be tall enough to also help break the wind… wind is a constant around this country and it can blow the snow off the side hill so cattle can graze, but it can also really pile up snow and cattle when it combines with the snow in a blizzard.. those who’ve never experienced a blizzard, just have no idea how tuff it can be… 2 feet of snow and 70 mph winds ain’t fun, I don’t care who you are, so we do all we can to grow and build these protections for the cattle…

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! ;-)

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