It’s been a full year!
Every day is so full of projects and taking care of the animals, there’s not much time to sit back and think. Right now though, we’re right between the time when the yearlings are turned out and before the next wave of calves start arriving. There’s some time to take stock.
In addition to the daily feeding of animals and maintaining the farm, here are some of our accomplishments this year…
- FlyingHailMary won at Golden Gate racetrack, giving us our first win of the year in January.
- I built a shed in the pasture for the new calves to stay cool. They were scared of it at first, but got used to it. In winter, it’s turned out to be a good place for them to warm up in the hay.
- I played around with my trials bike—then gave that hobby a rest.
- I spent more time in the Sierras, and got in some really challenging hikes. Came across some impressive tarantulas this fall and massive bear tracks in the snow.
- Entrechat won at Del Mar racetrack.
- We survived a hot summer.
- Made hay for winter with three separate cuttings over the year.
- Met Temple Grandin, animal husbandry expert and creator of the humane chute for cows. This was a highlight of the year!
- Welcomed three rounds of both Wagyu and heirloom Angus calves for a total of eighteen babies!
- Bottle-fed one of our calves. Julia and Melanie did most of the work of playing surrogate mom.
- We repaired an irrigation pipe—hopefully for the last time.
- I trimmed our numerous oak trees twice.
- We bought and broke five new yearlings.
It’s been an eventful year, and we’re starting to get the hang of ranching and farming.
Plans for 2017
Looking ahead to next year, we’re expecting the next crop of Wagyu and Angus babies to be born in January. In the meantime, I’ll be thinking up plans for the new year and enjoying a few more hikes.
It’s hard work, but being around such amazing animals makes me happy. Wishing you and yours a wonderful new year!