Stepaside in winter
We looked for and dreamed about this piece of property for so long, sometimes it’s incredible to think that we’re really here. Wanted to take you for a walk around the farm so you can see what it looks like when we’re not busy haying or digging ditches. It’s quiet enough this time of year to take a look around.
Even in winter, it’s pretty here. On the right and straight ahead are two cow pastures. In the distance is the pasture where we turn out the yearlings when we’re done breaking them.
Some of our pregnant girls, enjoying some warm winter sun.
Our horses are so well-camouflaged in the shade, they’re hard to see. Can you tell how many there are? Right behind them is the creek that flows through the property.
It’s been a year for bulls (not bull, bulls), and this lone Wagyu calf tries so hard to fit in with the bigger, older Angus. He’s a gorgeous animal, but he’s like the kid who gets picked last on the playground around all those Angus jocks. He’ll get bigger and show them!
We had a big rain recently which made the creek run high and filled up the pond a lot more than usual. We love seeing this much water, especially for the drought California has had the last few years. The pond and creek eventually flow into the Kings River, a major source of irrigation in the San Joaquin Valley.
Of all the projects we’ve had at Stepaside Farm, this pasture is one of our success stories. When we moved here, we didn’t even know this area belonged to us. It was completely covered in blackberry and so thick, you couldn’t even walk through it. It took months of labor to get it completely cleared. Now it’s habitat for deer and fox, not to mention good shaded pasture for the cows.
These oaks on the property have been here a long time, hopefully we will be too.