Thursday, August 29, 2013

A good week

Got our heifers sold! I know, who wouldn't keep these ladies, but we are in the cattle selling business, and I am sure happy to see them go to a good home.

Time to go to work ladies

Where I spend my time

Cow pony, he needs to be busy, idle hands...

We pushed 180 of the ladies down the alley, Peanut don't take crap outa no bovine

Buyer and trucker

My little crew has something to be proud of. We ran these heifers through, with the vet sonograming in about 2 hours. Then put them on trucks  going to there new home, and ate dinner at noon. Not bad for a bunch of amateurs.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Recieving cattle

We are doing things in August that we should have been doing in May. We finally got some rain and need to take advantage of our grass and water, something we haven't had in 3 or 4 years.
 We use a cattle buyer that makes 3 to 4 sales a week to purchase calves to our specifications. He is well worth the money, as we end up with a lot more even set of cattle than if one of us were there. Buying is his livelihood, and he's good at it.
 We meet at the pens at daylight every morning and process whatever Sam has bought us the day before. Some days it's 7, some days it's 70. The calves get all there health shots, a brand, and a fly tag. We then turn them out in a 5 acre lot where we gentle them down, and watch for sick ones for a few days, before we move them to their permanent pastures.
 As late in the year as it is, we have been buying bigger calves than normal, these are weighing 635 lbs. The bigger ones do straighten out and are able to start gaining weight a lot quicker.

Gentling them down

We call gentling them down "gittin a comere on 'em". It sure makes life easier when you do turn them out. Some of these calves haven't had much human contact, and are pretty bouncy when they get to us. I usually hold them in a corner for a while. They start out looking away and for a way out of the corner. I fool around on the perimeter of their circle as slow as possible, keeping the runoffs in the bunch and singing Tibetan monk war songs to them. ( just kidding on the last part ). Sooner or later they will all turn around and face  the horse. When they follow the horse when I walk away, or I can ride behind them without them running off, they are usually ready to move to pasture. Slow is the key, and it won't work using a crowd of cowboys. 2 horses maximum, and the the other guy better be as slow as you are.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

More rasp spurs

Will is a repeat customer, and probably the first repeat that truly wore his first set out using them. Thanks for the business and thinking enough of the first ones to order from me again.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

This week

Kyle volunteered me to build the buckle for his new chaps

About all farm equipment is good for

Sunday, August 11, 2013


I got these finished and delivered Friday morning.

I don't make many plain steel spurs anymore, but this young lady had been asking about a set for several years now, and I didn't turn her down. I hope they serve her well.

Production in the shop has slowed to a crawl it seems like. The heat has worked on me this year for some reason. I guess I'm getting old!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The latest in manly fashion

My friend Bill Partin made these for me. Bill was laid up from a bad car wreck for several months, and, like any other hard working individual, needed something to keep his hands busy while heeling, so he took up leather work. He's come a long way in a short time.

Bill used only hand tools to make these. No electricity. I have a great appreciation for these kind of craftsmen, and will wear them proudly.

If any one would like to contact Bill about leather work, email me for a phone number.