Monthly Archives: November 2012

Wordless Wednesday; It’s Cold

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Wordless Wednesday: Not So Sure

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Wordless Wednesday: I Shall Call Him Mini-me

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Putting Out Salt

It’s Fall and it has finally rained a few times. That means our cattle can come home from the high country. My Dad has already shipped a load down, so today we went out to check fences, put out a mineral salt block and move the cattle into their field for the winter.

This happy dog is going to start coming with me into the office once in a while. She has to have a job or she gets sad.

Ranchie had a health scare earlier this week. She is an old dog, around 9. She is a wonderful cow dog and loves her job, so she gets used a lot. However we realize it’s time for her to start to retire, little jobs like this is going to be her new normal. She was so happy to be back with my Dad, after her scare earlier in the week, she got sent home here in the Valley for some TLC. She loves us, but she knows who her master is.

This is what the Ranch looks like during this time of year. Last year’s old grass with new green sprouts starting to grow.

No horses this time! The ranger make this job a lot faster and easier for us.

This “bridge” has always made me nervous. I used to swear it was going to break when we would drive the hay truck over it.

Cottonwood Creek.

The cows.

We “pushed” the cows against the fence until they saw their gate into the next field called The Cottonwood Range. They know the drill.

Ranchie was ready in case any one got out of line.

My Dad putting out the mineral salt block.

Cattlepeople give salt to our cattle in block or loose form. We like the block because it is easy, and it meets out needs. Cattle should have this available to them at all times. Some salt blocks have phosphorus, magnesium or other supplements added to them to prevent conditions like grass tetany, poor growth rates or to prevent certain deficiencies.

We try to prevent diseases and conditions in our cattle, this makes both our and  their lives much better. Making sure our cattle’s basic needs are met and exceeded is just one of many tools in our “tool box” that ensures we do this. Any questions?

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Adult 4-H: Piglets and Kidlets

Are you ready for some cute? Fair warning, some of these pictures are going to make your ovaries hurt. First off, a little backstory. Pigs love pumpkins, so do cows, and I’ve been told horses will eat them too. So in a quest to feed our piggies a pastured diet and cut down on waste I issued a call to my friends for their leftover pumpkins (since it was just Halloween).

My Dad went next store to the neighbor’s field and picked through their tilled pumpkin patch for the piggies!

Char got his own sized pumpkin.

The piggies ate their bucket of pumpkins pretty quickly.

The bucket of pumpkins had a few ears of corn in it. Those cobs were like gold! One pig would get one and try and run off and hide, while the others chased him down. I nearly peed my pants laughing so hard.

I had some awesome friends offer to bring me their pumpkins!

Miss Olivia was kind enough to donate her halloween pumpkins and she even helped feed it to the piggies!

The pigs really liked her after that.

After pumpkins it was time to root and play in the mud.

I was helping my future 4-H member Olive feed the pigs pecans.*

Olive and Char got along very well. Even old Nikki dog enjoyed the day and did her best to keep the pigs in a circle for the kids.

Olive was showing us how the pigs drink, I think she wanted one of these at her house.

Olive helped root too! I don’t think she liked it as much as the pigs.

Adult 4-H has been such a wonderful experience so far. In addition to having a lot of fun with the pigs and the other 4-H members, I’m having a ball watching other people meet the pigs. Hopefully I’m influencing a few future 4-H members (I kid, kinda). Stay tuned for more pig fun.

*Photo courtesy of Shannon McCollum

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Wordless Wednesday: Mr. Hallar’s Bear at Hallarsville 12/11/38

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Adult 4-H: Char is Home

 
Char fits perfectly into my cat carrier! And he didn’t even get car sick this time!

As you recall from the last post, Char went to Kristen’s house for some runt TLC. I am happy to report that Char responded nicely to Kristen’s hospital pen and is back on the ranch with his friends.

Char’s private pig house.  

Mahina came over and spent the day fixing up a separate pen for Char, so he wouldn’t have to work so hard for his groceries. Char liked it. Until he finished his dinner. He then broke into the other pen with his friends. We’ve been watching him closely, but he seems to be doing just fine.

Look at his little pig butt! Curly tail! Curly tail means happy and healthy piggy!

Char is eating well.

REALLY well. He gets to snack before the others, much to the alarm of Nikki-Dog (see her pointing at him? She is telling me he is not supposed to be there).

These pigs have become master rooters. remember how I told you the stickers and weeds were pretty nasty is their pen? Well check out the natural rototillers!

Before and after – I’m planning how to apply my hog power to other overgrown parts of the ranch….. exciting!!!

HOWEVER. The downside to pastured pork:

I found a tick on a pig. It upset me greatly. But it was a great time to e-mail my pig experts about a parasite prevention plan! Who wants to come over and help give shots?

My favorite part about owning pigs again? Pig races. This is the best video I could get of it, but trust me, we do this everyday so I’ll get some good ones later. http://youtu.be/wu2jjdNYwHY

When they catch me they get treats and the get to root at me:

This is treat time and root time. It’s a good time!

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