A little ranch update: Well, the fall work begins on the ranch. We are in the process of moving cattle from summer pasture, up in the beautiful Big Horn mountains, back home. Gosh what a wonderful time of year. Fall is my favorite season. Gene and I headed to Battle Park last week morning to meet Dennis (who is new to us this summer and been helping us out on the mountain), pack up Molly (the mule), and gather the high country herd. We pushed everything we could find - meaning all our cows and calves, and some of the neighbor’s too - down the middle fork trail. We got Molly unpacked by 4ish, and the guys moved cattle down across the south fork while I worked on getting camp set up.
It looked like rain, so I covered the wood, set the, beds up and spread tarps out. Not quite your regular chuck wagon on this trip - we made coffee for breakfast while we ate cold pizza for supper. Rain did set in eventually overnight, and the tarps soaked through shortly after. Gene got up and built a fire at midnight. Dennis, who hadn’t yet fallen asleep when the bonfire started, and I stayed in the puddles in our bed rolls till we knew we had to be up and ready to ride. Daylight finally came, and we had all our wet gear packed back on Molly and were back riding the last pasture. We joked that the romance had gone out of this western adventure about 2 a.m.!! Later, back at home, I can tell you that hot showers felt good that evening, and the burger at Paintrock Inn was the best ever!!
Ranching gets in your blood, we guess. We feel so blessed to have those hill top churches and good friends to help on the days we need extra hands. Today we feel confident most of the ol’ girls and their calves will make it to the home place, where we’ll wean and pregnancy check later this week. Ranching in open country involves lots of counting and backriding till we have everything accounted for.
Enjoy this wonderful fall weather, spend some time with your animals - they make you smile!
September 2014 - Diamond S Ranch and Daisy Fans –– Daisy, for those of you who don’t know, belongs to a lot of us in the Hyattville area. She is a Brown Swiss Dairy cow owned by everyone who drinks her milk. In Wyoming it is illegal to sell raw milk, but not illegal for folks to drink milk from their own cow - so folks buy a share in a dairy herd and pay the rancher to take care of and milk their cow!
Miss Daisy and Miss Hannah (both the milk cows) are feeling the fall like weather and the changing feed. Milk cows require really good nutrition and lots of it to keep milking, and when we get that first frost on the meadows you can see a difference in the milk, both in the amount you get and the amount of cream you see on top of the jars.
We have just been milking Daisy recently. Hannah is a wonderful nurse cow, and Gene wound up needing a place for two calves this spring. I was hoping we could graft the calf Hannah had onto a heifer that had lost a calf, but the opposite happened, we wound up with two additional calves!. So, Hannah raised three calves all summer and they will be weaned with the others this week so our milk production will go back up!! I think that will be good news to all of us dairy shareholders, as I have been shorting everyone on your share of the milk lately, and I’m sorry about that, but we are getting all there is to get. We hope to make that up soon and have cheese and all the other great products to offer!!! As we get more interest and our demand becomes too great for Miss Daisy and Miss Hannah maybe we’ll add a third cow so we don’t have to short anyone like this year! To learn more about our cow share program please visit our dairy herd share page on our website, at this link.