Week 5!

By Hallie Jette

This week was a long busy week. We started the week off by gathering all the bulls in the bull pasture and trailing them to the main house. We put them in one section of the corrals and the other half in the alleyway to eventually run them all through the chute to give them a booster vaccine and spray them with an insecticide to keep the flies off. Once they were run through, we sorted them up into two different pens depending on what pasture David wanted them in. From there, we loaded the bulls into trailers and drove them to the pastures. We then scattered them a little by trailing a few of them to different areas where cows were. We also got the 13 bulls out of the heifers and put them back in the bull pasture. It never fails, also had to fix a section of fence in that pasture. While putting those bulls in I checked on the two bulls we had put in the bull pasture earlier, and moved them into a different pasture. One bull that we had put out the day before was lame, so a replacement bull was put in.
Tuesday was a bit of a long day. We gathered 78 pairs and four bulls that were in the Zimmerman and trailed them up to the end of the road. Patrick and I held the cows there while Nate, Jake, David, John, and Aiden went and gathered the School Section. Once all the cows were gathered, we held them at the end of the road to pair up while we ate lunch. After lunch, we trailed them to the Doyle Horse Pasture where they will graze for the next few weeks.
Wednesday and Thursday were spent fixing the fence. The pasture we were fixing fence in was once part of a sheep ranch. The bottom portion of the fence is rusted sheep wire that was kind of a pain to fix.
Friday I spent the day spraying Whitetop again. I was able to finish spraying along the creek and whatever David hadn’t sprayed while Jake and I were fencing the days prior. Saturday was spent doing some shop work in preparation for haying. David and I moved the two bail feeder and pasture drag trailers. We then pulled the retriever out and took the feeder off of it. Overall, it was a busy week of work.

Published by RealRanchers.com

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