January 9, 2021

Mom and I moved cows today in the fog. Thankfully, we found all of them, but it took us a lot longer than we expected! It didn’t help that they had three different pastures they could hide in, either. And we had to do most of our gathering on foot because it had warmed up and the snow was melting, making the ground pretty sloppy. We didn’t want to get the trusty Gator stuck! Right now, Mom doesn’t have a good horse that can get around in the muck, so we couldn’t use horses, either. Although next time, I’m tempted to let Mom walk, and I’ll ride! She is in quite a bit better shape than I am since she frequently hikes in to see the cows, especially when the mud is three inches deep. There was also a lot of tempting green grass, so we had to fight to keep the cows from straying too far up the hills. All in all, it made for a great leg day; I won’t need to work out for a while! I tried to get some pictures, but it was too foggy and I didn’t get a good chance to stop and take the time to get good ones.

The cows are looking really good. Especially considering they have been on old, dry CRP grass for the past several months, and there hasn’t been a whole lot of green grass for them to get to until recently. Mom has been changing up the supplements that she has been giving them, and it seems to be helping tremendously. Obviously, winter isn’t over yet, and it has been pretty mild thus far, so we will see how they hold up for the rest of the winter.

Happy Journeys,

Shayne