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.
It’s still winter, but some ranchers are already getting ready for calving season — some may already be into the season. Here at Pipi’s Pasture, we will start calving about the first week of March. Hopefully the weather will improve.
Young agriculturalists next headed to Western Stock Show in Denver
A break from the chilly weather of Northwest Colorado was just what some local kids needed to end the year of 2015, and for some of them it paid off in more ways than one. It was sun, fun and some considerable profits for Moffat County youths who traveled to the Arizona National Livestock Show in late December.
A holiday poem by the cowboy poet.
The Northwest Colorado community on Thursday was mourning the loss of Sam Haslem, an agriculture educator who loved people and had a unique way of telling a story.