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We finally got a break from the rain.  The past three days we have not had a shower or thunderstorm…close, but we squeaked by.  And we had a cooler day yesterday.  Spring breeding season is over and the bulls are ready to come home so we are getting things set up to pull bulls and get the spring calves set up for weaning.  The cool season grasses are becoming harder or more mature and less digestible.  This week I started to put out some ADM Red Mintrate blocks with Rumensin.  With the heat and humidity the cattle tend to hold up in the shade and the face flies become a problem.  Looks like it will be time to pour the cows and calves next week for flies and the summer deworming.  The spring calves are getting some Land ‘O Lakes Stress Care pellets and a grain mix with some ADM Prosponse (yeast).  The pellets and grain mix are put out a couple of times a week in some traps.  In a couple of weeks, the calves will be visiting the traps on a regular basis and weaning them will be very easy.  The cows will bawl and the calves will be content to have a bit of grain, some good quality hay and plenty of fresh water.  I am taking some young cowdogs along each morning so that they get used to being around pairs and learning how to be patient among the cows and calves.  I had a couple of pups go for a spin in the neighborhood this morning.  They were gone for four hours and came home caked with mud.  They had gone to the neighbor and obviously they found a hole with muddy water.  And, by the time they decided to come home it was about 92 degrees so of course they had to make every minute in the water hole count.  Will have to work on their “come” tomorrow morning.  It is a guarantee that they will bee-line it for the mud hole again in the morning….it is to be in the upper 90’s tomorrow and a high heat index.

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Mother Nature handed more rain on the hayfield on Monday. But with two days of 98 degree weather what was down is now up and hauled home. Suppose to get a Tstorm tonight. Had 5 of Bert and Hawk’s pups in the grow lot the past three mornings to go along feeding calves. They are a blast. Day one they were like…wow…these calves look pretty big. Day two, oh yeah…we were here yesterday. Today, day three…they didn’t need a “load up”. I turned them out and 90 to nothing they were out the barn door and in the pickup box waiting to be snapped in for the ride to the grow lot. I made them all stay in the pickup bed while I fed hay. Gave me an opportunity to see who is settling in to be “patiently waiting” and who is still “raising cane” to get loose. They all did a good job of staying with me while I fed grain and they are learning “watch the calves”. And with it so hot and humid they are quickly learning “get a drink”. But they have been good to stay “at work” until I tell them to “go get a drink”. Great set of pups….they will be six months old on July 12. Even though is was hot and humid again, I was glad to get some haying done.

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 Hey….don’t rub it in about my inability to get my hay put up this summer. The forecast was less than 20% chance it would rain….so me and a couple cowdogs sat in yesterday and mowed like crazy after we shipped 3 loads of cows. We gathered cows from 5 a.m. had everything sorted and gone and traveled back home by 10 a.m.  No hitches, no wrecks, doc’d the bull for a watery eye, poured him, took him back to the bull turnout pastures.  Fed our calves in the grow yard.  Unloaded 4 ton of mineral and rumensin blocks, switched knives in the mower and headed to the hayfield by noon.  Yep, there we were yesterday…99 degrees, mowing along two cowdogs asleep on the floor of the tractor.  Listened to the weatherband….no rain is sight for several days.  Got done around 7:00, headed home to feed cowdogs and let everyone out to piddle and play.  Midnight….thunder, lightening, wind, and you got it RAIN….hummmm. Thank you Lord for there are some (OK, NM, WI to name a few) that wanted that rain somewhere on their place.  That’s ok….just go ahead and rub it in!

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The Fullers visited yesterday afternoon. We gathered some calves and demonstrated some yearling cowdogs doing some lot work and corral work. The rain had passed and the temps were decent. Tammy’s Cowdogs Maggie will be making her new home in Arkansas. Maggie will have a great home and plenty of work. Good folks.

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Folks call and make plans to come see some cowdogs work and they laugh when I tell them to bring rain gear and 4×4 boots! I sound like a broken record and it’s been like this since October 7, ’09 when I shipped last years spring calves to NE to the feedlot. Since my cowdog sale and school weekend (May 14-16) we have had 7 days without rain. Yep, I wanted to be done hayin’ by July 1 so that I could spend my days working new cowdogs. Back to teaching them to drive the lawnmower and run the weedeater.

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I always thought that I would have it made if I could teach my cowdogs to drive and open gates.  I am thinking with all this summer 2010 rain I’d be happy if I could train them to run the lawn mower and weed eater.

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To my friends in NW Okla., I sure wish I could send you this rain.  You need it, I don’t.  It is really getting with it this afternoon.  Had a friend call me earlier today and he said they got over 7″ night before last SE of me.  West TX could even get use out of all this silly rain.  Down in NM it’s dry and windy….Slim and Sarah are ridin’ colts and I am chasing earthworms floating around!  Ya’ll take care.

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