Caring for cows
My goal this week is to get everyone—all 76 Angus and Wagyu—treated for pinkeye, plus vitamins and dewormer.
Last month, I told you that I dug down a foot the entire length of the chute. I did this to make the sides higher and prevent any more jumpers. It worked.
Only now there’s a big pile of dirt from digging that out. As we’re running them all through the chute, everyone has to stop and roll in it. They think it’s the best thing ever. Moms, babies. They all headbutt the dirt pile and roll their heads around in it. Great fun!
They can go to the moon, but they can’t make a squeeze chute that really works for cows. Some of them relax in there, and others just hate it. Once in a while one gets their head stuck. I’d love to invent something that doesn’t hurt them. I just want happy cows.
Race horses on the move
This week, we’ve got six horses going to Santa Anita race track—three fillies and three new two-year-olds. Purr Cat is the one to look out for. Of all the horses I’ve broken, he’s the one that might make Stepaside famous. And I never say things like this. (Hope I’m not wrong.) He’s just smart, big boned, not scared of anything. A big powerful dude. He can turn on the speed, but he can turn himself off too. When he’s not racing, he’s a laid back as a moo-cow. They’ll begin training soon, but it will be a while before they start racing.
Retirees live the good life at Stepaside. They would all be wearing fly masks, but they have been pranking each other so only Madame Blackfoot has hers on. (I wouldn’t mess with her either!)
No problems with water (yet)
Our governor announced the California drought is over last week. Snowpack is at 186% above normal. Dams are at 80%, and they’re trying to let them out. Just this week, ten inches of snow fell at 6000 feet. On the farm, we’ve got forty sandbags holding the pond back so that it stays in the stream instead of the fields. Five of our huge oak trees came down because the ground is so saturated. I got help cleaning that up because it was over the shop—and I already did my time in the cherry picker last year. I hate to think what will happen if it warms up quickly.
We’ve got three new calves—two heirloom Angus and one Wagyu. Maybe we’ll get a calm spell again before the next big projects start. That’s all the farm news this month. Thanks for reading.