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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!| A Look into the Past Year

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Hey guys!  Welcome to my very last blog post on Ranch Life in the year of 2017!  2017 is ending and 2018 is beginning!

In honor of 2017 let’s take a look into the past year…

  • Gavin was born January 14th.  He is now 11 months old, busy, loud, and a kick!
  • Calving season was January-February.
  • Skiing was January-February.
  • Cows and calves went into the mountains in June.
  • Colton, Tierra, and I, had 4-h steers and took them to fair in August.
  • We moved into a new house on the ranch in June!
  • Cows came home in October and November.
  • Looking forward to 2018!

Favorites pictures from 2017

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From left to right- Tierra, Brittni, Colton, Stran, and Dad
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Levi

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Gavin
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Levi and Dunny
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Grandpa

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Dad

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2017 was a good year and we are so blessed by the Lord!  Happy New Year everybody!

 

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Posted in About the ranch, cows, Ranching

Doctoring On Horse Back

   Hey guys!

   On today’s post, I have some pictures of dad doctoring a cow with a bad leg.  The lighting wasn’t the best, and I didn’t take close enough pictures, but I still wanted to show them to you anyways.

 

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Dad threw a beautiful loop and caught the cow first throw.  He got her doctored and we were on our way.

That’s all I had for today’s post.  Thanks for reading, and I hope you are having a great start to your December!

 

 

 

 

 

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Picking 4-H Steers

For the last month, Colton, dad, and I have been checking out the steers in the feedlot, picking out what steers we liked the best. Last week, we made our final pick on three of the steers we had an eye on.  One steer for Colton, one for me, and a buddy steer. A buddy steer is an extra steer that we have, just in case something happens to one of our steers; he’s basically a back up. 🙂

Here are some pictures of the steers. Although, I was having a hard time keeping the steers stay still long enough to take a picture. 🙂

image Sorry this one is a little blurry 😦 But, I hope you agree with me that these calves are pretty cute.

 

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Our steers are in between seven and eight hundred pounds right now. Our goal is to get our steers around 1370 lbs at fair. Our fair will be somewhere between the beginning to the middle of August

What do we look for in a 4-H calf?

Every person has their preference as to what they like in their calf, but I will tell you what Colton and I look for in ours (although, even we sometimes have different views on a calf). When looking for a calf, we look for: Spring of rib (nice and wide through the body), carries down deep into the flank (look at the diagram below for different parts of the body), wide in the rump, big boned, nicely muscled, and longer bodied.  These are the main things I am looking for in my steer.

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Sorry everybody; I couldn’t figure out how to make this image any larger, so if you want it larger, just click!

January 2nd, every kid who has a 4-H steer, will take their steer to weigh in. At weigh in, every steer is weighed and gets a 4-H tag. The tag is just  an I.D. to show that, that certain calf is a 4-H calf. When the steers get to fair, they will all be weighed again. That way, everybody can see how much their 4-H steer grew from weigh in to fair.

My job with my steer is to get him all tamed down and halter broke for fair. I will do lots of working with my steer when summer hits. Walking him every day and washing him. But, I will tell you more about that when the time comes. 🙂

I think that’s all for now. 🙂 I will keep you updated on our steers and let you know what their names are and all that fun stuff! 🙂 God Bless!

Britt