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post #4001 of 4333 Old 11-21-2018, 11:27 AM
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Hope you all have a great thanksgiving tomorrow. Been pretty busy for the last few weeks. Getting gone before the sun and getting home after dark. Put a lot of miles on the horses. Got the steers shipped this past Monday. We will need to bangs vaccinate the heifers the first of next week then ship them a week from tomorrow. When we get the cows preg checked things will slow down a little until we start calving in Feb.
One day we had sustained winds of 30 mph with gusts of 50. After my partner went chasing his hat a few times he found an old bale string and tied it on. I had checked the weather report the night before and wore a cap!

Gathering a few off the meadow.
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post #4002 of 4333 Old 11-21-2018, 11:47 AM
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After the first gather we were still missing over a hundred cattle (we run 960 head on 44,000 acres). So we had to 'backride' to find the missing ones. This day I rode out from the ranch house - kinda hard to see, but the house and barns are down in the meadow. Rode about 20 miles. Found only 7 head, not a very productive day.

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A trail used by elk to get from one drainage to another. Has a few rocks. Lost a shoe on this day.

A new beaver dam on one of the creeks. Just thought it made a nice picture.
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post #4003 of 4333 Old 11-21-2018, 12:15 PM
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It had been pretty warm all fall until about two weeks ago. This morning the thermometer read -3F. The cattle bunched up and didn't want to cross the creek that had frozen over night.

Since I sold my cattle last fall, we just have three brands to sort. Cattle owned by my old partner, cattle owned by his mother and cattle owned by a two way partnership that includes my partner (and until last year a three way with me). Once we had them all gathered into the meadows by the ranchhouse, we bring 40 or 50 head at a time into a lane, give them a few minutes to mother up, then sort cow-calf pairs according to the brands. That way we determined the ownership of 'slicks', unbranded calves. In the spring we turn out cattle onto the range before they have finished calving. We do go back out and brand again but there a few calves that we miss.
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post #4004 of 4333 Old 11-21-2018, 12:38 PM
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A couple of you have asked how my eye is doing so I should update that. Obviously I have been helping my old partner with his fall works. I've also been 'day riding' for a couple other ranchers. The frustrating thing is that it takes 6 months until the Doc can determine if the procedure worked or not. I feel good and have a minimal loss of vision in that eye. The only 'wonky' thing is that as the tumor degrades it releases fluid that partially detaches the retina. That causes flashes of light and weird 'floaties'. Besides that I am great.
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post #4005 of 4333 Old 11-21-2018, 04:00 PM
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you're working very hard there Rod, it looks amazing !! glad you're eye is not too wonky !!
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post #4006 of 4333 Old 11-22-2018, 12:36 PM
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@Rod Some of us could love the life you lead.
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post #4007 of 4333 Old 11-22-2018, 02:05 PM
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@Rod , I am thankful you are on this forum. You sure make it interesting!
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post #4008 of 4333 Old 11-22-2018, 04:11 PM
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Hello Rod! Great photos! Beaming good wishes for your 6-month checkup down the road. A friend had a similar situation. Only in his 40s and ended up with a really aggressive kidney cancer. He had no idea, it just felt like he'd strained his back, but his wife made him go to the doctor. They took the whole kidney and some margin, and his prognosis basically went like this: If at the 6-month you are clear, you're not going to get a recurrence. If you're not, you'll be dead within the year. (Kidneys are really vascular, so cancer can spread more easily from them than from an eye - and it was a fast-growing type.) That was a really nervous wait, but thankfully he was clear. That was nearly 20 years ago now. It's hard to believe there are even nastier things than melanomas - his cancer type had zero viable treatment options in case of recurrence...
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post #4009 of 4333 Old 11-27-2018, 05:09 PM
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Today was a town day. One of my granddaughters had an orthodontist appointment and I needed to get some supplies. Last Friday we turned the cows back out to winter range. Yesterday I took out some salt and protein tubs. The dry native grasses here retains quite a bit of nutrition but to be sure the cows are getting enough we supplement with tubs of molasses based protein. We had gotten a little snow over the weekend and the drive across the ranch was peaceful and quiet.

When I got up to where the cattle were supposed to be, there wasn't a cow to be seen. The 6 in of snow had covered the grass and driven the cattle down to lower elevations. So I had to do more driving to find where they had gone. An hour later I found them and dumped out the salt blocks and tubs.

Usually at this time of year this basin is full of cattle. Yesterday it was empty.

We have winter grazing permits from Nov 1 to Jan 15 but usually snow covers up the feed before then. If it doesn't warm up and melt some snow we will be bringing cattle off the hill in a week or two. We feed half the cattle hay during the winter in the meadows at the ranch and trail the other half down to the home place (47miles) where they feed on crop residue and hay. Not many ranches trail cattle that far any more.

Here is a photo of us bringing the cows home last winter.
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It takes us 4 days to bring them home. Spot, 'my' dog, is trying to help. Actually our neighbor gave this pup to my grand daughter because he got stepped on by a horse as a pup and has a crooked leg. Although he healed up and is sound the breeder didn't think he should sell him. Some ranchers don't like to use dogs on their stock and I used to be one of them. A lot of 'cow dogs' are poorly trained and are in the way more than they are a help. But about 20 years ago I was introduced to some highly trained cattle dogs that changed my mind. Now I really enjoy working stock with dogs.

Spot is just 20 months old now and is turning into a decent dog. He's an Australian Shepard and his biggest fault is he has so much desire to work that he was hard to get under control. Last year I resorted to putting a front foot in his collar in an attempt to slow him down. He still got into a lot of trouble running around on three legs. My granddaughter has spent a lot of time doing 'ground work' with him, teaching down, sit and stay, commands that are transferable to cow work (along with speak, rollover and shake hands etc).

I need to go for a few minutes-- to be continued...
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post #4010 of 4333 Old 11-28-2018, 01:38 AM
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Just wrote a long post about Spot and how well he did gathering calves from a field when we shipped the steers. I miss typed a word, hit backspace twice in quick succession and poof!! the post was gone. Anyway Spot has come a long way, is becoming a real cow dog and is a pleasure to work with.
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