Hitting the ground running.
There is a lot going on across ranches in Eastern Oregon right now....
I think it's safe to say that the fall chaos has begun.
Many ranches have already weaned their fall calves and shipped them into the feed yards. Others are beginning to wean their spring calves.
Some ranches who run in mountain country during the summer will wait until October before weaning and shipping. Those who brand in the fall are prepping and preparing for their big day.
And most ranches are still moving pairs to new pastures where the grass actually is greener on the other side.
Here at Double M, the crew is working on getting all of the spring calves weaned, and as of Friday the fall calves have officially begun their calving season.
It was actually a race to the finish line for the first two....
A week early, these two healthy AI calves took to the ground running.
|A petite - but vigorous - Club King calf.|
|A shy Pendleton calf that got right up and went to work nursing!|
Early calves are kind of nice - if you're ready for them. They're usually smaller, and when the cows are mature, they usually come unassisted. These calves weren't immature - they just wanted to make an early (7-10 days) entrance into the world.
So goes life on a ranch....
There are a lot of cycles....
A lot of routine....
And a lot of work.
But most importantly - there's a lot of joy.
It's a great life we get to lead.
Let's keep on running friends!