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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cattle Club

The temps aren't so high
but the rain is still short.
The only reason this grass is green
 is because we water it from the spring.

Last baby for this year
The one who escaped the tagging.
I'm not sure what will happen.  We have no hay for winter.  There is none to be had anywhere close by.  Many cattle from our area have been sold because of lack of pasture and hay.  We hope for rain to fill the ponds and possibly allow one cutting of hay before winter. For now our Cattle Club retains it's full membership.

15 comments:

Buttons said...

Hi Gail I hear you we have been feeding out hay. The rain has made everything green but not sure if we will get another cut or not. The pasture is starting to grow a little. We have less than those 400 bales we took off now. We will be selling all but 20 bred cows and hoping for the best price. Yes this is going to be hard.Hold on Gail maybe you will get a second cut.Hug B

Sandy said...

Gail,

I'm praying for hay for you and all the Farmers that have no hay because of this drought and the shortage.
Your cows are so beautiful and hearty. I love that little calf. So how did the cow not get tagged? Was he stubborn?

Sandra said...

i just prayed for hay for your club. i don't join clubs but if i were there, this is a club i would want to join. the one that escaped tagging is just beautiful. my heart hurts for you and your cattle and the others who are having the same problem. i am thinking us humans are headed for the same problem.

SaucyKod said...

Oh gee Gail, I love the photos of your cattle and I am sure there is a good story of the fella that escaped tagging. Did he out run you in the pen, or just simply escape? I look at the fields of hay growing in this area and feel so bad for you in this drought. At least, you can hang onto your fellas as long as you can use your property stream to water. I can remember a drought in Maine some time ago, and the local farmers here took many bales of hay to the USA to help out. Are there other states that might do the same thing and help your areas out? Cause you know, there is always an abundance of hay someplace else. Hopefully, you get to keep your cows - the photos are indeed beautiful - you have such a lovely farm from what we have seen in your posts. Have a great day.

ellen abbott said...

same thing here last year from the drought. no hay, ranchers selling off their herds.

Sue said...

I am praying that you will get rain, hay, and everything you need to keep all of your cattle.

What a difficult time this is for so many.

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TexWisGirl said...

as ellen said above, sounds just like texas last year. what hay could be found was trucked in from kansas and further north. it was expensive as heck. no one could afford to keep their herds, yet prices at the sale barns were so cheap they couldn't make any money from the sale. so very sad. fingers crossed for rain for you...

Country Gal said...

Oh I do hope you can find hey for your heifers . Lovely photos ! We have had rain since last night and it just finished pouring , I will try to send it your way ! Have a good day !

Mary Ann said...

Praying for rain for everyone... I see hay from Wisconsin and Minnesota being advertised on Kansas City Craigslist now, so it's happening here, too.

Pat said...

I will be praying for rain and hay for you. I love that photo of the one brown cow. Sweet.

We finally had rain yesterday. It rained all day. It was beautiful.

Betsy Adams said...

My heart hurts for you, Gail.. I hope and PRAY that you get rain ---and can get hay for your cows... Such a sad situation...

Thank Goodness for the springs in your area... Love seeing the green grass.
Hugs,
Betsy

DesertHen said...

No rain here either! The area around us is burning up and many thousands and thousands of grazing land have gone up in smoke! One fire is up to 325,000 acres burned as of today! Ranchers are actually buying up hay while still on the stand. Both 3rd and 4th crops of hay in our area are sold before they are even cut and baled at this point!

A Quiet Corner said...

Lets pray that your club keeps all it's members, Gail!...:)JP

Far Side of Fifty said...

We have hay here..I see it heading out on trucks. I hope you get some rain enough to grow a batch of hay..might be time for the rain dance:)

Rudee said...

Oh, dear. I'm so sorry. I saw fields and fields of hay in Minnesota, and both of the Dakotas. I also saw an awful lot of watering happening on those huge farms.

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