Any rancher's wife will tell you that the fall is a stressful time. You have to get the calves weaned, vaccinated and occasionally some other fun stuff (tags?). In the mix you still have bulls to pull out, cows to preg check and get settled into fall pasture, and other fall clean up. Of course every ranch has their own process to but there is one common thing-stress.
There is an incredible tension that comes home with the semi loads of calves when these cowboys wean them off. Tension from thoughts like we hope we found all of the calves... We hope that they have grown over the summer... We hope that none of them are sick. And then we pray every night that they will keep growing and that none will get sick. The day that we sell those calves is the day that we can heave a sigh of relief.
In the meantime we are doing everything we can to fatten these babies up! We took our nightly spin through them and so far we are quite pleased with our crop of calves.