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From Pipi’s Pasture: Suddenly it’s April

Diane Prather

Diane Prather

Suddenly it's April! It always amazes me how different one year can be from another and yet how similar they are. This April is a little different compared to others because spring weather arrived in March. I can remember Aprils past when we had lots of wind and snow, resulting in deep drifts that had to be shoveled out before I could do chores at the corral, and the lane had to be cleared before we could go anywhere. That might still happen—we just have to wait and see.

Anyway, so far this April 2015…

• It's way too dry. Ranchers are worried that summer pasture ponds may not have any water in them, and irrigating water may be in short supply.

• There are tiny leaves on some of the trees.

• The feedlot pasture has tiny grasses on it, and the cows are looking over the fence at grass on the other side.

• Tulips along the south side of the house are several inches tall.

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• On some of the warmer days, cows are hunting up whatever shade they can find, and even the calves are looking for water, causing us to keep

shallow tubs full of water.

• The air is alive with the sounds of birds, especially the robins that have been singing early morning and rain songs.

• The evenings are nice enough for barbecuing.

• Wind and more wind — it seems to be a sign of the times.

• The house is too warm for sleeping early at night and cool enough for a cover toward morning.

• It's 41 degrees above zero one night and then 15 degrees above zero the next.

• We're wondering if the rhubarb made it through the winter.

• The cows and bulls are itching on everything; the bulls have scratched themselves on a loafing shed so much that a wall is about to cave in.

• The calves are already running in little gangs.

• There is a lull in calving, giving me time to catch up on my sleep.

• Jiminy, one of my 2-year-old twin heifers, has a cute gray-black bull calf with a white, speckled face and white under his chin; Cricket, the other twin, has yet to calve.

• The expectant mother barn cats have such big bellies that they are almost dragging on the ground.

• It's warm enough to take the tank heaters out of the stock tanks.

• In another month it will be time for branding already. That's usually when we have stormy weather.

Have a wonderful Easter!

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