This is the view out my office window: the grass is struggling to grow through cold nights; the winter stock of hay is almost gone; most days are gray and wet. But, spring is welcome in the Ozarks: dry ponds, creeks and ground water are filling; cows are basking in the warming sun rays; they … Continue reading The greening
It's been awhile since posting -- because I have not gotten out to take pictures of calves. Now I can go out and take pictures of calves and cold winter! As always in Missouri, we are at the fringe of jet stream acrobatics. That means we never know what's going on. Today, I could see … Continue reading Happy New Year 2018
Way back a few posts ago we were thinking about November for the farm's fall calf sale. Well so, things changed, as more and more calves were born (that means more mouths to feed in the same environment), prices looked to be at least stable, and some mother cows were getting a little thin feeding … Continue reading Winning by a hair’s breadth
CowJam returned to the ranch after the inaugural event in 2012. Just so you know, it's a chance to jam out in a space where no one cares about the noise, the bonfires or the bad-ish jokes... Purdue college friends get together to celebrate music and laugh about their lives before they really got out … Continue reading CowJam’s 5th
So here is the real Monarch caterpillar chewing on an orange Butterfly Weed. The butterfly that laid the egg on the weed was born in the southern United States of Mexican parentage, destined to make little caterpillars in the northern states before returning to dust. This one is extraordinary. It will fly all the way … Continue reading Of butterflies and weeds
I just discovered -- what I thought were Monarch caterpillars (in previous post) are really Eastern Swallowtails. My mistake -- still, do have a few Monarch caterpillars who are on the right plants in the garden. The "horns" are biggest give-away. When you bother the little creatures, they pop out scary orange protuberances. They also … Continue reading Wrong Caterpillar!
Fall is full of life around here! We have four little calves, or more, on the ground right now. Dennis found twins yesterday -- and a young mother that looked like she needed help getting their twin motors going. He coaxed her up to the barn with babies on the Mule (as in Kawasaki) and … Continue reading Life Happening
We will soon have calves being born to about 100 mommas by Thanksgiving. At the same time we have about 60 teenagers, soon to leave their mommas, sometime before Christmas. The calf, or "feeder" market is on a downward trend right now, meaning we are waiting for prices to go up around the holidays to … Continue reading Strategizing for November calf sale
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 … Continue reading August Smacks of Summer’s End
Top image is roundup day on the ranch. It happens 4 times per year...