28 June 2018 – HOT and sunny – 86 degrees
It has finally stopped raining, but we haven’t been haying because it is supposed to rain again Saturday. Consequently, everything is growing like crazy! I think it looks like something out of a fairy tale.
We are expecting more rain Saturday, and then a dry out for the next week. Our plan is to let the ground dry and start cutting on Tuesday. Let the cuttings dry for a couple days, rake and bale by the end of the week. We have a betting pool going to determine how many bales we might get this year. We’re hoping to outdo our performance last year because we put down nitrogen in the fall, and the unusual amount of rain has really helped things grow.
In other news, we took delivery of our bull this week. We sorted out two mature cows, and the 1.5 year old heifer (Dairy Queen) so he could have some company. We are holding off putting him in with the other heifers because we would like them to be just a little bigger before they get bred. We did think he needed some company since there are plenty of range cows in the National Forest and we don’t want him to pull what the old bull, Red Butz, did two years ago and bust out of the corral to see those lovely range ladies. Also, there are several bulls out on the range now and we don’t need to see how well he can fight. We’re hoping he’s a lover, not a fighter!
He walked right off the trailer and after everyone sniffed him over, he started eating grass and acted like he has been here his whole life. We should put on some Marvin Gaye music and light some candles, he needs to go to work!
He is an Angus Bull from the lineage “Kosi”. Like horses, these fancy bulls all have fancy names if they are registered. Read any cattleman’s newspaper and you see names like: Young Gun, Bushwacker, Bodacious, Prime Time, etc. Since this bull comes from the “Kosi” line, we’re going to call him Koozy, like the device that keeps the beer can cold. We like Koozy and we like cold beer!
Other additions to the Holler are the beginnings of the barn.
The builders were a bit stymied by all the rocks, but they build in the Black Hills so they just kept digging and digging. It currently looks like a bomb went off, but we are assured it will look better once the building goes up.
In between haying days, we will be celebrating Independence Day just like last year. We’ll go to the parade in Custer and then have a cook-out for some friends at the Holler. We really hope everyone has a great Independence Day. It is my favorite holiday because I love my country, freedom, the flag, the anthem, and all things USA. God Bless America!