Weaning time has come and gone. Last Sunday we opened the gate and turned our 2011 calves back out to join the herd on the winter range.
|Loafing in the barn|
The calves spent nearly the whole month of January in the corrals eating hay and we were fortunate to have mostly dry weather. During the few storms that dumped rain or snow, the barn provided good cover and Mike faithfully cleaned the bedding.
|Look at their eyebrows Grandma|
|Baling twine lariat|
|Ruby at the corral|
Ruby spent most of her time down at the corral eyeing the calves. She never seemed to tire of watching their every movement, hour after hour.
Early in the month, Mike and Gabe helped the neighbor gather a few more head out of the breaks, hiking into the high basins and trailing them down on foot.
|Already a good hiker|
Dawson tagged along one day, staying in the bottom of Log Creek with Grandpa, while his dad climbed up to bring down a few cows. On the way home, they trailed some of our cows back from the Hall Place.
|Trailing part of the herd back from the Hall Place|
It was a good January. Yes, there were times when it snowed, and blew, and rained and froze. But the sun was out an awful lot, and there were green things, little forbs poking up their first leaves, and ground cover sprouting a lacy bright carpet in the box elder grove.
We've turned the corner into February, the so-called "dying month", but for now, everything feels like it's about to come alive.
From Sara at Magpie Ranch, home of Bunchgrass Beef