Before the Paying Workday Begins

We had the calves loaded and ready to head to market just at the sun got up. 

Good thing the ground is frozen, as there is nothing worse than a fresh cow pie to step in.  Then add that gooey thing into thawed slush of manure and …well…you get the picture.

Our little herd of three calves is all we had to worry about so the old homemade trailer worked fine for us.  Nothing like my blog friends who move large heads of cattle, but still something that needs to happen in a timely manner. 

The leaves from the apricot tree and the lilac bush crashed as soon as the air warmed up.  The willow tree is still fully leaved but I’m sure it won’t be long now until it is de-leafed.

On the way back from Paonia I ran into a country style traffic jam.  Cows heading down the moutains to winter pastures.


16 thoughts on “Before the Paying Workday Begins

  1. I love traffic jams like those. Many years ago, in California, before all the land around our ranch got sold to developers, large herds of sheep would be brought in to feast on the hillsides. We’d often run into these sheep, led by their shepherd or two, along the road, often in our school bus. It is amazing how long it can take a herd of several thousand sheep to clear the road.

    Beautiful morning over there. So nice to get up early and get things done. Which reminds me…



  2. I find it very interesting that the cattle walk in a line. Most pictures you see of this sort, they are taking the entire road.
    Glad you got your calves off to market without too much hassle.


  3. Ha—that’s one thing we never see here in TN: cows going down the road!!!!!! WELL–we may see them in big trucks–but never marching in single (or double) file…. Funny!!!!!!!

    Hope you got your calves to market… Are you harvesting the corn this weekend?



  4. Our farmers can make just about anything, can’t they? They can also ‘jury-rig’ most any repair, too. I miss that. Glad you got your calves in–been in the ‘cow-pie’ mess myself a time or two when I lived in Iowa. We had 60 head of cows in the barnyard in the winter and in spring…what a mess!!

    I still have leaves on my red oaks but most of the other trees are barren here. One field of cotton to go and will be done with harvest. Hope you can get your corn out soon. Cow in the cornfield is not a good thing!



  5. Working before you go to work. That is one way to keep things rolling, but it sure makes for a long day. Good for you and your hubby. Hope you got a good price for the calves.

    I’ve run into enough cattle traffic jams to know there is nothing you can do but go with it. Sometimes your car comes out pea green underneath, but I won’t complain with my mouth full of beef. In Hailey, Idaho they have what they call the “Running of the Sheep” when the herds are brought down from the hills and through the town. Instead of fighting it, they make a carnival out of the event.


  6. Boy have I alot of catching up to do here!! Hope the corn is harvested soon. And that Terry’s mother has a quick full recovery.

    We like those kind of traffic jams!!


  7. Hi Linda

    Am “south of the Tweed” – way down on the Southern Highlands/Riverina area of NSW. Looks like a good herd of Aberdeen Angus cows!
    Brings back memories of the droving days of the 1950’s when hundreds of cattle were moved along the country roads to the sale yards or the rail stations.
    Colin (HB)


  8. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a traffic jam like the one you encountered. I guess we just leave too far east. But I’m enough of a farm boy to appreciate the advantages of frozen ground when working around cow pens.


  9. Our trees have been naked for quite awhile now. There are just a few buffalo berries left here and there on the bushes but they are so sweet if you can find them and they aren’t shriveled up!
    Where did your calves go to be sold?


  10. Love reading about life on real farm. I am living on a farmette-lol! Just learning this farming stuff. We have 2 cows and a dozen chickens. Not much but enough to learn about. I also like the stories about your grandfather. Great stuff!


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