First Week on the Job!

Last week was my first week at the ranch. It was a pretty busy week, but overall a great week of work. I worked about 60 hours last week, but it sure didn’t seem like it. Time flies when you’re having fun! We did a little bit of everything; hauled and moved some cattle, branded, cleaned stalls, fixed fence, placed irrigation systems, and fixed a few valves covers for the water tanks. Besides a few things, everything was a first for me to do and I enjoyed learning how, especially being a part of my first rope and drag branding.

I’ve already learned a lot in my first week. Such as why you don’t haul cows and calves together. If you do, the cows will trample and kill the calves. I also learned how to mug calve, properly administer a vaccine, and not coil your lead rope up.

My favorite part of the week was branding! Although I would say fencing wasn’t as bad. The only part that made the day-long was the heat. I had never used a fence stretcher and it made the job a lot easier, especially with T-posts. I think we all have had the struggle of hammering a staple into a wood post and its splitting.

So far, this internship has been everything I expected and more! I’ve already learned a lot, and I can’t wait to learn more. This has already been an awesome start and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store for me.

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