Calving season, turn out and range riding season, trail riding season, haying season, hunting season, round up and shipping season and then a few quieter winter months (this year I could call it 'fencing season').
Waiting their turn.
(If you are curious about our tagging system, you can click here for the explanation I wrote last spring. Hopefully it works....)
Anyhow, all of the cows get a vaccination shot, which will help prevent scours (diarrhea) within the calf herd. We carefully write down the numbers of all the cows, replace any tags, note any problems or potential problems (feet needing to be trimmed etc).
Paul and Dad rolling out feed before letting the cows in to eat.
Those not deemed 'close' are fed (and checked very carefully every day) up on the hay meadow. Yes, it is a lot of work. But our calving pens, compared to our herd, is pretty small and it's best to keep the congestion to a minimum. We sort everything at least once a week, if not more, all season long.
Another day I'll explain how we 'sort' and how we come to the best guess of which cows are 'close'.... (trust me, we are not always right!)
Our newest helper Marina (riding Sorbay) and Bree on the feed grounds at Five Mile.
Oh, I guess I did not mention that we ALL move to Six Mile for about 6 weeks during the calving season. That big house gets pretty small when the Hatch family moves in!
Okay, enough for now....best enjoy these last few nights of solid sleep. :)
Photo credit to Leslie N.