The calves are weaned and shipped and the mamma cows preg tested; the focus shifts to improving the cows’ body condition for the upcoming winter and fetal development. The moisture we have received this Fall has “turned on” some of the cool season grasses found on the range, but the cattle are largely relying on residual forage and weathered browse. That is, dried grass and brush for the less scientific folks. Protein is essential to a cow’s energy levels. Dry grass alone, does not contain enough protein to meet a cow’s nutritive needs. So we rise early in the morning, to supplement the forage with “cake” or pellets of dried, compressed high protein food supplements.
My husband has the pick-up loaded and is out among the cows before sunrise. He like most cowboy/ranchers is a morning person by nature and necessity. Although, I am not as peppy in the early morning chill, I managed to take a few pictures to share with you. Now that I am not in cow camp, but safely ensconced in my home with a computer and a big cup of coffee, I am looking forward to hearing from you.