Life is full of surprises. Take Monday, for example. Last week I wrote about moving the cattle from the pasture we put them in at the start of summer to another pasture across the road and how interesting the move can be. The move was supposed to take place today or tomorrow, when family could come to help.
I finally collected enough first hand reports to answer the age-old question, “How do you stop a runaway mule?”
This coming weekend the cattle on summer pasture will be moved to another pasture, just across the county road from where they are now. No big deal, but the move can be, and usually is, very interesting — especially in the heat.
Rodeo, Ranch Games, children’s contests to provide plenty of fun
Each year, the agriculture community marks their calendars for the Moffat County Fair, a time when they can show off the animals that are their pride and joy, specialty projects that have taken the better part of a year or just to socialize with other farm families. But, there’s still more fun to be had at the fair no matter who you are.
It has just been a couple of months ago — when we had rainy, cool weather — that ranchers were making predictions about haying season. Some thought that the 2016 haying season would be unusually wet; others predicted that the grasshoppers might be bad. The thing about ranching and farming is that a person never knows. Suddenly, however, haying season is here.
The Fourth of July is here already, and with it come the memories of holidays of years past.
If memory serves, we haven’t experienced such a hot summer here at Pipi’s Pasture in some time — at least so far.
After last Sunday’s “cow turn-out,” I decided that I needed to write one more column about our cows’ 2016 antsy springtime behaviors. It isn’t unusual for the cows to get fidgety this time of the year with the arrival of warm weather and green grass, but this year they seemed a little more restless than normal. From past experience we knew that they were getting ready for summer pasture, but the pasture wasn’t ready yet. So we fed extra hay. We put out an extra mineral tub. The cows were full and they enjoyed naps in the sun, but they were just plain restless.
About 40 Moffat County High School Students participate in state FFA events
When 37 Moffat County High School students participated in Future Farmers of America Career Development Events on May 1 and 2, they practiced skills they may draw upon heavily if they enter an agricultural field — and even if they don’t.
Sometimes things happen here at Pipi’s Pasture that make the days a little hectic. I’m not fond of negatives so I’d prefer to refer to those days as “a little less than great.” To illustrate, I offer the following examples, some of which actually happened this past week.
Fourth graders see, hear, touch examples of concepts they study in school
The long-running annual event taught, or reminded, children about all sorts of issues related to agriculture.
I was recently visiting with someone who hasn’t lived in Craig very long. When I mentioned that a big storm — according to today’s forecast — is headed our way, possibly bringing snow, she made a face. I know that she was thinking, “But it’s April!”
Part of the spring ritual here at Pipi’s Pasture is the birth of kittens, all from mama cats that came here as strays, settled down and stayed — some for years now. This week Lyle told me that he had found a batch of newborn kittens belonging to a one-eyed black mama cat. She has them hidden in a small opening in one side of our wood shed.
The snow is slowly melting here at Pipi’s Pasture, including the mountain-like piles of drifted and plowed snow. In fact, the ground is mostly bare. Here and there we find a sprig or two of green grass, but right now the dominant color is brown.
Northwest Colorado still trails rest of state in rates of enrollment
More people are carrying health insurance in Northwest Colorado — even though the rate of those uninsured remains comparatively high in this part of the state.