Oh man! The past week and a half has been a whirlwind of a time! So much to do and so little time. Tonight I decided I need a break and I have found a few minutes to tell you all about this past Sunday…
Last weekend was a scorcher here in the valley. It was going to be so hot that Jace and I both decided we needed to beat the heat on Sunday morning. So we got up really early to get some things done at the farm before I headed out of town for work later in the day.
Being apart of the livestock world and a family farm means there is ALWAYS work to be done– whether its breeding, working cattle or facility maintenance. Jace had the herd bred back in May and early June. Unfortunately, we found that one of our girls, Miss Jana, was still open after her initial breeding. If you’re wondering, yes, they’re all named– Miss Jana is named after a dear friend! And, for you newbies out there, being “open” means the female was not successfully impregnated.
We were positive she was not pregnant because Jace had her blood tested to be sure. He had been waiting for her to come back into heat, but was not able to catch it in action. So, our first job on Sunday was to help jumpstart Miss Jana’s cycle by giving her a shot that would help that happen. To do this, we had to get her into the chute. Did I tell you that I don’t run the chute? Well, not yet anyway. If you’re not good at it you could injure yourself or the animal, which I definitely don’t want to do and haven’t found the confidence to want to give it a try just yet. Second, if you let them get through and miss them, the joke is that you have to buy a 6-pack for every one missed. With my luck, I’d be buying a 6-pack for every single one. Soooo, I just leave that to the pros and take on the assistant role by helping with the supplies- haha!
With my father in law working the head catch, Jace was able to get right in there and give the shot of Lutalyse. I helped with the Estrotect patches. These are patches he applied to Jana’s tail head that are basically heat detectors. By applying the patches, he would easily be able to tell if Jana was in heat over the next couple of days. I will spare you the details, but I think you can guess what happens when in heat…
And just like that, our first task of the day was finished. Onto the next…
It seems like there is always a gazillion sections of fence that needs fixin’ at any one point in time. It’s one of those ongoing things at the farm that with age needs repair and with just Jace working on it, it seems like its never ending.
Off we went to get a couple more sections of wood fence panels put up in one area of the corral. Each board painted one by one were finally going up, making that section that much more useable. We got it done quickly– teamwork makes the dream work, people! And just like that we were finished.
By 10 am it was over 80 degrees already. We decided to call it a day when finished with the fence and thank goodness because the mercury was only going up from there. It was a short day, but a productive one. I’m always happy when I can help Jace on a project at the farm. I feel like I’ve contributed just a little bit more each and every time. And for a someone who this was completely foreign to a few years back, it makes me feel more and more like a farm girl at heart.
This weekend we’ll be putting in hay and the work will continue as to be expected. Stay tuned to see how that goes and maybe I’ll throw in a funny story that involves me in shorts, Jace’s Muck Boots and whole-lotta hay! It’s one of my fondest memories of learning the ropes of the farm- haha!