August Smacks of Summer’s End

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Today my squash plant took a droopy turn and hummingbirds outside the office window seem to be sucking up to head south. Kids are getting the last squeeze of fun out of summer days before school starts.

Nights are cool now, but probably just an interlude before the last blast of Missouri heat — when the Fescue grass goes so dormant I won’t have to mow anymore. We had a city-size (read, small) bonfire last night just off the porch, watching planets and stars twink on in the rich blue-black of space that we see here on earth. A nice night to bookend the heat just last week…

Cows and calves like this weather, too. I could hear them calling to each other over the last couple of days — that means they’re either on the wrong side of a fence, or just happy for cooler mornings… Dennis checked all the waterers this morning and walked around with young heifers and older weaned calves, giving them a little protein to grow on.

buttDmplWe’re soon going to sell some weaned ones, but keep a group of heifers — we’ll call them “little heifers,” to distinguish from the bigger heifers that will have their first calves next spring. We are considering a Gerloff influence heifer sale next spring for them. Charlie Gerloff has been supporting our bull battery for a few years, the heifer’s sires.

Last week one of those guys put a good size butt-dimple in my truck fender when he tried to crowd into the garage — and then decided he needed to turn around. He probably pushed the truck body up over the frame a few inches while imprinting his hind end into the metal. Drat!

That’s life here, some idyllic and some unfortunate…

2 thoughts on “August Smacks of Summer’s End

  1. mary says:

    Hi,
    Your web site is great to look at, and the writing is friendly and clear even for us extreme urbanites here in New York City.
    Best wishes to you as you raise calves naturally to provide truly healthy food for people. I wish more farmers raised animals with the level of conscience you practice at Lucas Farms.
    Best wishes,
    Mary

  2. FairDayRancher says:

    Well, my sister HAD to say nice things about my new web site — but she has been a teacher sort of person all her life, in greater New York boroughs, so that does carry some weight! Thanks Mary!

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