Tuesday, April 24, 2012
My Brad is coming back!
I was flipping through the calendar the other day and came to a number of realizations. In no particular order: 2012 is almost 1/3 of the way over already. We will soon wrap up calving season (at which time we will 'work' our 2012 calf crop, giving them their baby vacciations and branding them with the ranch's ID) and move into the next season on the ranching calendar. MOST importantly however, I realized that Brad Hagen will be here in less than a month. Brad was our NDSU summer intern in 2011 who just didn't get enough of his extreme ranching experience last summer and is going to join us again this summer. When Kyle learned of this exciting news this past March he ran around the house YELLING very loudly, "My Brad is coming back. My Brad is coming back. YEAH! My Brad is coming back......".
Above, Brad is attempting his first ever 'wrestling move'. Kim (on the heals) was kind enough to suggest Pete and Cissy catch the biggest calf in the pen.... so that's what they did. Lyle (the MD administering the vaccine) pointed out that if he missed the calf and got the human leg accidently, it could fall off. It was about that point in time that I pointed out to everyone if they were successful in scaring him off, there was still 40 miles of fence to get around before turning pairs out to summer grass.
As the calendar continues to flip at a furious pace, I hope to bring you periodic updates from our little piece of heaven at the end of the road where every day we strive to ensure that the cows are happy, the calves healthy, and the horses and humans are fit.