There is so much to be done on a ranch when the calender says it’s spring (sometimes nature wants to hang onto winter). Here are just a few of the most important things.
1. Check fences. After a long winter the fences have things like tree limbs on them or they might have loose or broken wire. In the winter cows usually don’t push the fences, but when things start to green up in the spring they stick their noses under trying to get the green grass. Sometimes new fences need to be built.
2. The hay pastures need to be fertilized and harrowed to break up winter cow pies and spread out leftover hay. Breaking up cow pies gives added nutrients to the gress and spreading out the hay allows the grass to grow through it. This is a natural way to put organic matter back into the ground.
3.Preparing tractors and equipment. Even though hay season is a few months away it will be here before we know it. All the tractors need routine maintenance such as oil changed, filters changed etc. The mowers, hay rake and balers need to be checked for wear and broken parts and greased up. It’s very important to maintain equipment to avoid coslty breakdowns in the middle of a hay field.
4. Ranch horses need to be ridden to get them in shape for the spring sale season. They usually need to be reminded of their manners too. This is me on my horse Gunny last fall. I cant wait to get him back out and hit the trails!
This is just a few of the things that keep us busy in the spring here at CBR!
Thanks for reading!