The Better to Hear You With, My Dear

I’ve always loved that line in Little Red Riding Hood. It’s come to mind quite a lot this spring (and every spring) when I’m out looking at the pairs. My, what big ears they have…





We are officially finished with branding and pre-breeding vaccinations. I successfully sprained my ankle for the second year in a row on this very same weekend. This time it was even bad enough I went to the clinic in Ennis to get it checked. Not broken, so that’s something. How I did it involves cutting off a bull’s broken horn that had gotten infected. It’s a dandy of a story.

It’s finals week here at Montana State University. Good luck to all and best wishes to this semester’s graduates!!
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

Feature Heifers and Springtime

About a month ago, I introduced you to the “feature heifers”, 4005 and 411. Since the last post, they’ve been branded and have moved to a new pasture with 78 of their closest friends and their dams. These pairs make up our “AI bunch” and will be artificially inseminated in late May. We AI about 80 mature cows each year; the earliest 80 head to calve who are 4 years old and older end up in this bunch.
The girls have grown quite a bit. 4005 continues to be pretty sassy. 


Photobombed by Chancy! The ranch brand is a “7 hanging V”. The green in her ears is tattoo ink. She has “4005” tattooed in both ears.
Even pretty heifers can take a bad picture.
411 thinks she’s pretty cool, too. My uncle plans to keep her as a replacement heifer, and so she wears his brand, “P hanging X”.
She found a handy place to scratch her head. 


Pretty nonchalant about life.


I’m glad to report we’re done calving, which is always a major milestone of spring. Now we’re looking forward to green grass!

This week is a busy one, with the Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum, meat science class alliance presentations, calving class presentations, Collegiate Stockgrowers end-of-year shindig, Ag Day in Ennis, College of Ag Student Council end-of-year shindig, and Madison-Ruby Conservation Districts Banquet. Whew.
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