1. Wait nearly 2 months between blog posts.
2. Spend half your time here.
3. Spend the other half of your time here.
I apologize for being a bad blogger, friends. Things have been fairly wild around Asphalt Cowgirl Land since I last wrote. I spent a week of vacation from my real job at the ranch, helping with calving. We were blessed with an amazingly mild spring and only 4 sets of twins this year (compared to the unheard-of 6 sets last year). Now, as some of you already know, twins get names at our outfit…so here you go.
· Zip and Snap were born to one of my uncle and aunt’s cows…my aunt is a seamstress.
· Clear and Stat had the most dramatic twin birth of the year. Clear was born tail-first and we had a hard time getting him breathing. I was doing some fairly serious calf CPR! His sister, Stat, arrived in a normal presentation and she was in a hurry to get into the world. I decided they needed “hospital” names appropriate to their arrival. It sounds better if you say them with exclamation points: “Clear!….Stat!”
· Tink and Pete are the cutest little set of purebred Red Angus calves! They were pretty tiny, so they became Tinkerbell and Peter Pan.
· Peep and Cad were born on Easter. Cad for Cadbury. Hopefully Peep is self-explanatory.
I’m proud to report we are done with both calving and branding. The grass is growing like crazy and we’re looking forward to getting cattle sorted into breeding bunches in a couple weeks.
Seventeen of my April days were spent somewhere other than Miles City, mostly in Bozeman, where I organized both the MSU Academic Quadrathlon and Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum. The AQ is a four-part animal science contest where four-person teams compete in an oral presentation, written exam, hands-on lab practicum, and double-elimination quiz bowl. We had 5 teams in this year’s contest and have a very competitive team headed to the regional/national contest in Phoenix this summer. I’ll be sure to update you on all the details from our trip!
Wishing you a slightly belated Happy May Day!
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
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