Less mouths to feed

06 Dec

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We are now at the time of year when we determine how many mouths we can feed throughout the winter.  Those pregnant old cows–should we feed them high-priced hay so that they will bring us one more calf–or sell them to someone who will probably offer them an easier winter in lower country?  The smaller calves–feed them and hope for a better market, or send them on to a feeder who will then assume the risk (both up and down)?  Given the drought conditions, which tell us that we may need every bale of hay we have on hand, we have decided to sell all the “maybe” animals.  Eamon loaded the remaining calves, some older but sound cows, and even a few extra bulls on the truck and sent them to the auction.  We hope they will give another owner good honest service.

calves heading up the chute

calves heading up the chute

He just clean the truck!

He just cleaned the truck!

Yondo on the job

Yondo on the job


Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Animals, Cattle, Family, Folks


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2 responses to “Less mouths to feed

  1. Aidan Connors

    October 15, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I apologize, but I have no clue what a “chute” is on a ranch.

    • Ladder Ranch

      October 15, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Gosh Aiden–lambing is when we spend hours, day and night, bringing new baby lambs into the world. A chute is a narrow walkway that livestock can walk or run through as they are provided health care or load onto a truck.


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