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Steers in the morning, heifers in the afternoon

Cows at Elephant corrals

Cows at Elephant corrals

When the cows and their calves come off of the summer National Forest grazing permits, it is time to sort them. We pregnancy test the cows, and sort out the opens, and the cows who won’t make it another year at our high altitude. Some will go on to slaughter, and some will go on to homes where the wintering conditions are easier. We sort the heifers from the steers.  The steers are all sold, and go on to feed and eventually become steaks. The heifers are sorted into replacement heifers for us, replacement heifers for other ranchers, and fed heifers.

Cows with Squaw Mountain

Cows with Squaw Mountain

Eamon sorting

Eamon sorting

Seamus and Maeve, helping

Seamus and Maeve, helping

Sharon and Siobhan, with extra horsepower

Sharon and Siobhan, with extra horsepower

Herefords, Angus at corrals

Jim, Tiarnan, Clyde and his mom Peanut

Jim, Tiarnan, Clyde and his mom Peanut

Cows coming into the Home Ranch corral

Cows coming into the Home Ranch corral

Eamon, McCoy, Dirte's ears

Eamon and McCoy looking through Dirte’s ears

 

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Grandkids, 4-H steers and the pregnant cows

We never forget what a privilege it is to be raising children alongside our cows, sheep, horses, dogs, llamas, etc.  Today, the three “big kids” (8, 6, and 4) went out to work with Siobhan’s 4-H steers, check the cows who are about to calve, and just play in the slush and snow.

Siobhan with Salt and Pepper (Sal y Pimiento), her 4-H steers

Siobhan with Salt and Pepper (Sal y Pimiento), her 4-H steers

Salt, at rest in high value hay

Salt, at rest in high value hay

Seamus, Siobhan and Maeve--checking the pregnant cows

Seamus, Siobhan and Maeve–checking the pregnant cows

Pregnant cows in the Big Meadow

Pregnant cows in the Big Meadow

moving the remuda

moving the remuda

Seamus, Siobhan and Maeve in the playhouse

Seamus, Siobhan and Maeve in the playhouse

birds of a feather

birds of a feather

"Granda, listen!"  Birder friends--what are these?

“Grandma, listen!” Birder friends–what are these?

Bridget--ready to check to pregnant cows

Bridget–ready to check to pregnant cows

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2013 in Animals, Cattle, Family

 

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Images from the winter solstice

happy as pigs in slop

happy as pigs in slop

Eamon and Pat in winter

Eamon and Pat in winter

Siobhan, Maeve and McCoy with Salt and Pepper--Siobhan's 4-H steers

Siobhan, Maeve and McCoy with Salt and Pepper–Siobhan’s 4-H steers

Squaw Mountain with flag

Ladder heifers

Squaw Mt, bales, flag

Squaw Mountain with bales

birds of a feather

birds of a feather

almost like partridges in a pear tree

almost like partridges in a pear tree

 
 

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