Y4 Ranch

  (Staples, Minnesota)
Winter'here
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Been a while!

Not really new to this!

 To all who actually read these: Welcome, Thanks and I hope you find some of this interesting.

 It's another season, not Christmas anymore, but just as good; calving and lambing are finished in a record this year and planting is finished. This past year we choose to change our calving season around here, we used to calve mid-March and after but I don't like finding babies in the snow bank and or fighting mother nature and storms that sometimes blow in during that time of year. So we pushed our calving back to end of April, bulls went in last summer in late July and calves came out in late April, 100% conception, 100% births unassisted in 38 days on 40 head. I'd have to say I'm very blessed with the great outcome this year, we're shooting for a dupilcate this next spring.

This years planting included, Oats, Peas, Camelina, Corn, Orchard Grass, Clover, Alfalfa and just finished up Buckwheat yesterday. Some of the Buckwheat is just a little over a week old but it's up just about an inch and looking good. the Bee Man was caught in Staples yesterday, I'd never met him before, they were sitting in a closed hardware parking lot when I was getting fuel across the street. I had to chase him down, darned near lost him. Once I did and we visited for a while, I explained what I had up my sleeve and they jumped at it. Soon I'll have their bees busy in my Buckwheat and Clover, and I'll have some fresh honey in my cupboard.

This past Mothers Day weekend we had 30+ draft horses planting Oats and Peas on 12 acres, done in great time, a little cool here on the Friday before, SNOWED on the tents, but we survived. Mid MN Draft Horse Association rolled the sod over, chopped it with a disc and planted with a converted JD 7 ft press drill that my son and I built. The drill worked great after a few adjustments, we pulled it with a 4 up hitch of Belgians.

Haying is next on the adgenda, as much as I like  the rain on this sand, we could use a few days of straight sunshine on the rocks with a twist of low humidity and a shot of wind on the side. The Sams Family Haying Crew is chomping at the bit and ready to hit the collar at full speed, winter's coming.

Mike Sams

 

 
 
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