From beef promotions to cutting hay, the life of a cattle rancher is ever-changing.
It’s hard to believe it’s the last day of May. At our ranch, we’ve been incredibly busy, and the days are just flying by! It seems we just got done calving and planting, only to start artificially inseminating cows and cutting hay. With summer grazing and haying season getting started, I bet many of you, like my family, are spending long days outside -- eating meals out of a cooler in the tractor, hauling pairs to pasture, running to town for parts, fixing fence, spraying for weeds, mixing creep feed, and the list goes on and on.
The role of a cattle rancher is ever-changing. No two days are exactly alike. Over Memorial Day weekend, we bred some cows and replacement heifers that we had synchronized, and we got our first cutting of hay down. We rounded out the long holiday weekend with Beef Night at the Races, a promotional event held at Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, SD, put on by the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Auxiliary. I shot a quick video at the event to explain what it’s all about.
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No matter where I go or what I’m doing, at the end of a long day, my favorite thing to do is take a pasture tour and look over the calf crop. I snapped a few pictures to share in a photo gallery, and I hope you will help me add to it. To get the ball rolling, Senior Editor Jamie Purfeerst has added photos from her family's operation.
Simply send photos of your calves out in the pasture to me by June 6 at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll add your shots to the gallery.
How’s your calf crop looking this year? Which sires worked well for you? Have you turned the cows out to pasture? Have you started creep feeding? When do you turn out the bulls?