This week’s entry was written by Katy Leonard.
In the past month we have been unloading a BUNCH of seed in to the new seed warehouse, which is almost full. We have also been busy every evening tagging our spring calves, which with the weather the way it has been, the calves have been more like winter calves. There for awhile our garage was a baby calf barn it seemed like, from just warming some calves up, to doctoring and nursing them, to just keeping them alive.
But with all of that said, spring calving season is very close to being complete. Last week we took a load of yearling steers, a few cows that lost their
calf, and a bull to the sale. Dad has also tried to strip-till in preparation to plant corn. However, according to the calendar we will be planting late because it has rained and it was snowing this morning.
In the mix of all this, I went to OYE in Oklahoma City and showed a Hampshire ewe, which I placed 5th out of 27 in my class.
This last week Kody, my mom and I have been on spring break. Kody tore out fence and rebuilt it at our rent pasture. Dad is really hoping that the ground will warm up and dry out so he can start planting corn.
Winter calving conditions have lasted longer than usual for the Leonards.
The seed warehouse, full of product.
The re-built fence.
Things are busy around the farm as we prepare for spring to come. We recruited all the kids to help with working cattle recently. It was a big day. We did sorting, weaning and ear tagging. We also gave pink-eye vaccinations; hopefully, it won’t be as troublesome this year as it was last spring.
After working the cows we needed to move some to a different pasture. In order to that, we had to clear out the fence row so the electric fence would work. We were happy to have a less-windy day to get that job done. Most of the tasks around the farm are related. In order to complete one, you have to start another!
Luke and Chatntée after rounding up the cows.
Madalyn pushing them through the gate.
Burning the fence row.
Andrew checking teeth.
Anna petting a cow.
Today was such an enjoyable day to be outside. It started with catching the cows and sorting them for market. After loading the 630 weight calves into the trailer, I hauled them to the Holdenville cattle auction – windows down to take in the warm spring day. Since I already had the trailer with me, I stopped by the neighbor’s on the way home and picked up two bulls I had recently purchased. After bringing the new bulls home, it was on to one
Our family working cattle on a nice spring day.
of my favorite jobs- checking the fence. With winter feeding and calving time past, we moved the cattle to summer pasture. Between storms, deer, and high water there are always places along the fence that need attention.
What makes it so enjoyable is where the job takes you – to the back woods and hidden corners and creek beds. There are wildflowers, dogwood trees and wild plums in bloom – so much beauty all around. There are many birds to see also, nesting meadowlarks and the recently returned barn swallows. As I traveled the fence-line on the 4-wheeler I kept an eye out for my favorite mushroom, wild morels. The day ended with a delicious dinner of another spring favorite, roasted asparagus from the garden. Days like these make me thankful to be living off the land.