Mid Summer Report

The summer work load continues out here in the countryside. The weather is warm, if not down right hot, but the pastures and crops look good across the area. The cows are fat, the calves are growing, and this is one happy fella even if there is a big work load. But better a big work load now than a winter with limited feed! I was just checking today about when the two local rodeos were being held this year and both are in August. One right at the end of August and I sure do hope I can attend at least one, if not both of them. I always loved that, made my summers and sure do hope all falls into place so I can go!

Ah, feels good to sit down here this evening. I just came in from a couple of pasture checks and all is well out there. Looking forward to tomorrow, even though there is nothing planned but regular work. They’re talking possible storms and rains tomorrow,we’ll see when the time arrives. You never really plan everything according to the forecast, just get out there a do what needs doing. I’m also getting things lined up for working a bunch of heifers next week and getting them ready for artificial breeding. I’ve done this a few times before and it has worked out really well in the past. Breed em to a 20 or 30 thousand dollar bull for $12 bucks a piece, my kinda deal! But these ain’t no regular bulls, oh no they ain’t, these are the good doing kind, smaller framed, what I call “real Angus”. Seems like in this day and age the good breeds just keep getting bigger and bigger until they’re losing most of the good traits that made them famous. Through years of observance I have seen in our own herd of Angus and Herefords that the smaller framed cows will out do and out last the larger ones, sometimes by allot. Plus they eat a heck of allot less than the big girls do. Then come the beginning of September when we chop silage corn, allot of that too, I know it goes further than if they were all a bunch of huge cows.

After silage this year is what I’m really looking forward to. That signals the end of gathering in the crops for the year. The feed supply is set then, no more wondering. The way it looks at present there will be a huge supply here and I will even be able to sell allot of small grains. I haven’t done that for a while and that will be a huge boost to the income around here. Then later in October its calf working time, separating them from the mama cows, listen to them beller for a few days and then backround them for a few months till mid-winter when the prices are usually much higher than fall. But once that silage is chopped and put in the pit and one a secondary pile, the workload really does go down and the days are getting shorter. This is when farm and ranch ministry gets allot more attention.

Everything is set, and more things are happening. Bibles are on hand to be given away, allot of them. Gonna clean up the three quarter ton flatbed truck and get a new seat cover and that’s the local ministry truck. Anything further than local can be done with a car. I’m looking forward to a new season, the workload will diminish and the Lord’s work will take up much more time. But I don’t feel guilty doing limited ministry work in summer, the bills have to be paid and the cattle operation takes care of the bulk of that. Glory to God for His provision! That don’t mean He’s going to just plop it into a fella’s lap, more than likely a fella has to work his butt off gathering the provision God has provided! And I praise Him for it! God is good, all the time! Even a few years ago during the terrible droughts here when there was very limited feed, God provided, I just scrambled to keep up with what God provided! And there are so many huge testimonies from that period, on how God kept this cattle herd going. Times were tough, no doubt about that but God seen us through. Not once did we go below zero, close to zero but never under!

Our God is an awesome God that cares for His own!

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