Rain! A nice little rain visited us yesterday, giving us .16”. Vernon had ventured out to the badlands to check some fences. It didn’t rain as much out there, so he continued working all day. We visited along when he came back… how bad was the fence? What does the grass look like? Is there water in the reservoirs? Then he dropped a bombshell.
We’ve been short a cow and that’s why we’ve returned to that pasture I wrote about yesterday. We figured that’s where she was. Come to find out it was neighbors’ cow tracks we had been seeing. Well. Surprise, surprise. She was miles away in the pasture Vernon went to today instead! (Along with another neighbors!)
Vernon said she and her calf look good. It’s amazing. And people wonder why we brand… It’s the brand and the eartags and the earmarks that tell us which black cow belongs to which rancher. The combinations confirm identity. Eartags alone can be lost or cut out so branding is what works when miles and miles stretch between pastures. We’ll have to venture out and gather her up as soon as it dries out a bit.
Since another storm may arrive tomorrow or Tuesday, Vernon helped me get a little load of wood for my stove. We don’t heat with it, but I do love a good fire when it’s cold. Cords of wood aren’t necessary!
I have enough to have some cozy days reading or crafting by the fire!Find me here!