Archive for March, 2014

WHAT? cowdogdays14 is May 16, 17 and 18…Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The demonstrations and sale are the 16th.
WHERE? Here at the ranch. Lodging, airport and other accommodation information can be found on my Contact page and my blog.
WHEN? Friday the 16th…11:00 AM registration, get cowdog information sheets, view the cowdogs, eat a bit.
MORE? The cowdog demonstrations begin at noon. You will get to watch some of my regular cowdogs (Hawk, Ducchess, Bandit, Gabby, Liza, etc) at gathering, penning, sorting, and processing cattle. I’ll work some of the parents of the sale cowdogs. I’ll work the sale cowdogs. You get to ask questions. The demonstrations will conclude around 4 PM. People interested in bidding on a cowdog will list their buyer numbers on the cowdog sale sheets. The phone calls will be made to those who cannot be present and someone will handle visiting with you about the cowdogs and how they worked/performed. Each cowdog will have a base or minimum price on its bid sheet. The auction will begin around 4:45 PM. There is no high pressure, gavel pounding bidding…casual, casual, casual pace. Saturday and Sunday are for the buyers to get to know their new cowdogs and spend some time in training.

AND? Updates and photos will be posted “here” on my blog under the category of “cowdogdays14”.

AND? Part of the cowdogs in the sale will be out of my Ducchess (Bert x Hawk) female. The sire of these cowdogs was part of the purchase of the retirement sale of Charlie Trayer (aka Trayers’ Cowdogs) back on January 08, 2008. All the pups and cowdogs raised here are from a closed breeding program and are older foundation bloodlines. I do not send my pedigree information to any outside clubs, groups or associations related to the Hangin’ Tree cowdog. The cowdogs from here are bred for working cattle (pasture gathering, driving/bringing/moving cattle, corral sorting, and processing cattle). I try to not let my cowdogs enter into the mass breeding of Hangin’ Tree cowdogs…focusing on quality not quantity.
AND? I do not have any pups(10 weeks of age) at this time.

MORE? Yes, I will post more info here. I did not anticipate the long, hard, below zero winter and that took several weeks out of our normal winter life. So I’d say I’m a little behind in all my work!

The weekend is a time of relaxed fun. If you are ever curious if one of my Hangin’ Tree cowdogs would work for you then this is a chance to come and watch some cowdogs work. Very seldom do I need to use e-collars to work or control my cowdogs. A great cowdog is bred with the genes to be a good listener, learner, and respectful cowdog. A great cowdog has the presence of mind to turn up or turn off the heat when working cattle. And, a great cowdog has got to be something more than a video clip of flying through the air on the bite or in flight.

THANK YOU! To everyone that has followed the wreck (Dec. 18, 2013) and recovery of Cowdog Levi.
He is nearly whole again. His entire story is here on my blog, my Facebook timeline for Tammy’s Cowdogs, and my Tammy’s Cowdogs Page on Facebook. He will be able to work again and yes, produce some great youngsters. We certainly have appreciated the prayers and get well wishes.

MY COWDOG BREEDING PROGRAM? My cowdog breeding program & sales revolve around Bert & Hawk’s progreny. A time tested mating with long-lasting success.

Bert's Kisses

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Monday, March 03, 2014.
Forecast? Cold. The day begins.
The heifers ran home, drank, and ran back to the pasture!

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Written Monday, March 03, 2014,6:33 AM.

Central Missouri. Monday, March 3rd 2014. -2F ‘n -21F windchill. Terrain ‘n stock covered in frizzle from Saturday night and Sunday. These Frizzle coats are a great thing. The frizzle is a blanket or barrier to help protect the stock from some of the harshness of the wind and the windchill. Pecking away at the keyboard here, sipping Dunn Brother’s Guatemala coffee. Thinking, wondering, hoping that we get rain someday soon. Rain to thaw the ground, rain to soak the soil, rain to grow some grass. Sun and timely temperatures to grow some grass. The long dry drought spells covering years have taken a tremendous toll on the grass stands here. All the fluff of rotating your cattle, don’t graze it past 4″ tall/short, don’t be on the land when conditions are extreme. You know, all that great advice and recommendations go out the window when the drought comes, stays and doesn’t leave. This little piece of range land got a timely rain in April 2013 and was enough to grow some grass for grazing and haying. The year before in 2012, I had to race like the dickens in May to mow off the “hay fields” before the scorching temperatures and the dry conditions took the sparse grass and rolled it into brown sprigs. Barely a normal 1/3 of a hay crop. 2013’s hay crop was better but the quality was down. The degree of weeds on the hay ground and the pastures was unbelievable. From weedless in 2011, to some weeds in 2012 to a full-blown weed festival in 2013. Kept telling myself to just mow and graze it Tammy. All that work with using Grazon, Forefront, Remedy, Grazon Next, Remedy Ultra, PastureGuard, and Chaparrel may seem down the toilet and that your are starting over, but stay the course, wipe those tears from all those toils, and just take care of what you have. Even if it is curly dock, daisies, wild carrots, thistles. My lushious weed crop came about because I had my back up against the wall and was buying hay from everywhere that hay could be found. Most of the high quality hay was “put up right”, “from sprayed areas”, “all good grass”. And, high $$. Well, I knew better, knew it was crap, but I was not ready to cull the wheels off of 17 years of genetic progress. So I bought that crap, fed that crap, knew I’d have weed species I’ve never seen before and knew that “Dear Dow” could take care of that crap’s offspring in due time. If you have “xx $$” to spend on growing grass and if you have a choice between commercial fertilizers and commercial chemical “weed getter ridders”…your great bang for the “xx$$” is the spraying of the fields. Yet, experience will give you this – wisdom. Wisdom gives you the lived hands-on experience of the spray’s effectiveness – timing of the application, weather conditions in the weeks after spraying, the applicator’s expertise (or lack thereof), and availability/dependability of a spray rig service. The weather conditions in 2013 made spraying less attractive simply because the forecasting of rain to grow grass was minimal. The forecasted temperature for the growing season and the summer was “HOT”. I did not spray the entire place in 2013. I opted in April to go the commercial fertilizer route. I am glad for the choice I made but it sure was teeth grinding painful to see all those damn weeds. I did some personal spraying in August to test “fall application of Grazon Next” on some ground that I had mowed down to regenerate the daisies. The idea was to see if I gave those daisies new growth could I kill the dudes with Grazon Next and then get some fall grass seeds to sprout if I got some fall sprinkles. Interesting results. A few sprinkles came, the days got shorter, the nights got longer, the Grazon Next was applied to those “fresh daisies” and they slowly curled up and turned brown. And little sprigs of grass appeared. We shall see what is there come March when it warms up. Oh…it is March. Frost in the ground here is interesting. Though it has been polar vortexing for months, the degree of frost and the depth of frost is interesting in that it takes “moisture” to make frost and it takes “moisture” to drive the frost deep into the ground. Our lack of moisture has put a whole new spin on frost and frost ratings. Anyway, back to growing grass. I will be once again giving my preference to being a good steward of the land and my 1st priority will be spraying. What will the forecast bring for timely temperatures, rains, and sunshine to grow grass? If it all works out, I will put a high priority on Grazon Next + Remedy Ultra (or whatever they name it this year). I am happy with the Dow Chemical products and very grateful to the semi-retired Rodger Benson for coming to inspect and visit back many, many years ago. He is a wealth of information, always a phone call away, and am proud to call him “friend”. Thank you Rodger. And folks, take a bit to follow this link and then trot over to “Like” Dow’s FB page. They have some interesting reads. ~Hopin’ 4 Rain 4 Grass 4 Cows


This photo is yesterday feeding some of my own hay to the yearling heifers.
Feeding Cattle, Below Zero, Bull 023...Sun. Mar. 02, 2014 011

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Written Sunday, March 2, 2014, 4:44 PM.

10″ snow? Nope. Frizzled for several hours. But the N cold front must have won the weather war overnight and pushed the Gulf moisture around and made it stay S. But she’s a cold ‘un…that N wind and N Arctic air pushed the temps down to single digits earlier than anticipated. About 7F while out feeding and foto’in. A frisky NNE wind and the WC was in the upper below zero teens to a -20F at times.. Cold enough to freeze the inhaled air to your nose whiskers! Cold enough to toughen the red rouge on the cheeks. Feelin’ a tinge chapped. You can really tell how the cattle bunched and held up during the night. Once they bunched and huddled they barely moved. You can tell by their faces and sides as to which part of their body was to the frizzle and wind and which parts of their bodies were down wind of the frizzle. Pretty tough gals. Nothing was showing stress other than the 1st calf heifers. Their water source was a spring under a cedar and it was frozen solid. Had to jockey the new bull to a different place for a few days so that the 1st calf heifers can come on home for H2O. I’d say they are past thirsty and will possibly venture into the wind to come home for H2O before nightfall. IDK…it’s pretty darn cold, they have 3/4 mile to travel home and back to the cedar patch where they are fed and will hold up for the night. Been a rough, cold winter for the 1st calf heifers and they are in pretty decent shape. Probably not milking much anymore but the calves look okay and not too far behind the other calves. Kudos to the sisters for hangin’ in there. Going to be really interesting to see how they calve this fall. They are either AI bred or “not cycling”…lol. Will be excited if they are all AI bred to War Party. ~Cold But Good Day

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Written Sunday March 2, 2014, 8:21 AM.

“Being President is like being the superintendent of a cemetery. There’s a whole lot of people under you, but no one is listening.” –Bill Clinton.

~Moral? We need to take the reins up and begin firing them all, some of them, a couple of them, well, maybe the majority of them? Start over? Take the U.S. Tax Code and burn it. The laws of the 1920’s-1930’s, et al, are a moot point. When you learn to live through years of drought and your life depends on grass and grass depends on water and you get “neither”…then you are forced to change. You don’t sit around crying about where is my gov’t to save me, send me $$ (well, some do/did this)…no, you change. You grab your data, you look at your stock, you keep those data numbers and eartag numbers on your pickup dash and you make note of what do the numbers say, what do that cow do, who will stay, who will go. You last as long as you can and you begin to peel away at all the progress made, and you suck it up and do the hard stuff. Apparently, the ability for the majority of the people/politicians is to just scream for more, more, more. Bill Clinton was a lot of things, everybody has their own opinion of him, but this quote is “dead on”. The way I see it is that the majority of the people are being marginalized. There is a clear separation that continues between classes. If I were 22, I would not see all this. But when I was 22, the folks older than me saw it. I was too busy hitting the road to make things happen. Now, at 55, I understand. I just hope there are enough people age 22 to ignore all the downsides and are out there busily making things happen. A good example is Nebraska’s Chuck Schroeder and his new role at the University of Nebraska with the rural initiatives. If we could replicate that work 50x’s over…now that would be exciting. And maybe we are. Maybe I am just missing it because I am fixated on genetics of cattle and feeding the world from the little piece of Americana that I live on. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I am just missing it…that when I listen to the news or pick up a paper that I am narrowly hearing and reading the poor stuff and missing the good stuff. I am going to keep on trying to live positive and keep the pencil to the pad and push for excellence in all that I do. Might be or remain hard to do, but by gosh…I am still 22 at heart. Alleluia! I still want to competitively challenge the sisters to raise good calves and stay above breakeven…regardless of the challenges that God and Mother Nature team up to give us. Going to feed iced up cows now. Then, feed ‘n clean up those barkin’ cowdogs and pups. The winter has kept me from getting my pups started early for my cowdog production sale but they love to go to stock and make their presence known. You gotta luv and admire the strength and ability of your cowdog genetic program when they want to work “and” want to listen. Last night it was frizzlin’. Today so far? Escaping the worst, I think! Time to feed Levi, clean him up and get outside to take on another day. Church was cancelled but I’ll still be piddlin’ around in the presence of The Lord. ~Amen. Rock On.

Photos from Saturday night when the frizzle was beginning.

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