Calving season is going great. So far, 33 on the ground and only one small problem that turned out well. Almost every morning at 5:00am I jump on the four wheeler and go ride through the cows to see if any new babies have been born or if anyone is having problems. At this time it is still dark and most the cows and calves are still bedded down sleeping. It is very peaceful and I can ride by close enough to touch them and they just lay there as they are use to my routine. It is a great way to start my day. If you wait and go check them around 6 or 6:30 (just at daylight) it is feeding time for the calves. Most of them will be paired with mom having their breakfast. Shortly after they all head out to graze and enjoy the weather and sun on the nice days.
After work I look forward to that same four wheeler ride down the road to the pasture and a nice slow ride through the cows. Fun to watch the calves play, or if you are lucky, a new calf being born. At this time the cows are usually wandering back up towards the hay and will bed down up there for the night. It is amazing the very consistent routine they have each day.
I wear many hats in my life, most of you know me as the banker or insurance agent, but my favorite hat is that of a farmer. I love to be outside working, checking cattle, raking hay, mowing pasture and even fixing fence; though this is probably my least favorite job and the one that seems to have no end. Put me on a horse, a four wheeler or a tractor and it is a good day.I feel very blessed to get to live where I do and have the opportunity to do these things that bring me joy.