April is here, and I, for one, am thrilled March is over. Dad got to come home from the rehab hospital on April Fool’s Day, so the month is starting out so much better than March did!
I don’t have any new pictures to share with you, so I went back to the archives from earlier in the calving season. Here are some of my favorite things about this time of year.
Calves with a smart-aleck attitude.
Bang-up good calves. This calf is my favorite Hereford bull of this year. His mother is not a very pretty cow, but she has awesome calves out of this particular bull.
This is his full sister born last year. Note the Marilyn Monroe beauty mark at the corner of her mouth.
I also like surprises. We bought some Red Angus cows a couple years ago, and this cow was also included. Her name is Creamy. Last year, she had a calf who was such a unique blend of yellow and red, she was almost pink. This year, when we first saw her calf from the front, we thought she was just going to be red.
But Creamy wouldn’t want to be boring, so she put this nice skunk stamp on her. Creamy isn’t very sociable, so this is the view most commonly seen when you encounter her in the pasture.
This week, I am in Miles City. Interestingly, by the time I go back to the ranch for branding this weekend, I will already have spent more time in Miles City in April than I did in March. Things are looking up, people.
Next week is the Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum in Bozeman, followed by the spring Extension ag agent update. Looking forward to seeing some of you there!
Yours in travel,
The Asphalt Cowgirl
“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” —Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux