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Re: Gcreekrch Ranch Pictures

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:50 am
by gcreekrch
wbvs58 wrote:Dave, do you have any photos of that open grazing country in the middle of winter for comparison. Hard for someone like me to believe you only get to use that grazing country for half the year.

Do you use that hook on the bike to grab the calves to tag them? Do the mommas come running?

Ken


I can send Ron a couple of pics. We graze one saved area after weaning until too much snow, cold too long or they run out of grass and we start feeding. Last year this was Dec. 23. Making for 150 day feeding period. Other areas of BC have considerably shorter feeding periods and yet more feed 200 days.

I can usually catch newborns without my hook but it makes doctoring a lot easier and quieter than roping them. One cow yesterday complained a bit. We all parted unscathed and the calf still got treated.

Re: Gcreekrch Ranch Pictures

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 12:32 pm
by Bright Raven
gcreekrch wrote:
wbvs58 wrote:Dave, do you have any photos of that open grazing country in the middle of winter for comparison. Hard for someone like me to believe you only get to use that grazing country for half the year.

Do you use that hook on the bike to grab the calves to tag them? Do the mommas come running?

Ken


I can send Ron a couple of pics. We graze one saved area after weaning until too much snow, cold too long or they run out of grass and we start feeding. Last year this was Dec. 23. Making for 150 day feeding period. Other areas of BC have considerably shorter feeding periods and yet more feed 200 days.

I can usually catch newborns without my hook but it makes doctoring a lot easier and quieter than roping them. One cow yesterday complained a bit. We all parted unscathed and the calf still got treated.

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Re: Gcreekrch Ranch Pictures

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 1:36 pm
by gcreekrch
Bright Raven wrote:
gcreekrch wrote:
wbvs58 wrote:Dave, do you have any photos of that open grazing country in the middle of winter for comparison. Hard for someone like me to believe you only get to use that grazing country for half the year.

Do you use that hook on the bike to grab the calves to tag them? Do the mommas come running?

Ken


I can send Ron a couple of pics. We graze one saved area after weaning until too much snow, cold too long or they run out of grass and we start feeding. Last year this was Dec. 23. Making for 150 day feeding period. Other areas of BC have considerably shorter feeding periods and yet more feed 200 days.

I can usually catch newborns without my hook but it makes doctoring a lot easier and quieter than roping them. One cow yesterday complained a bit. We all parted unscathed and the calf still got treated.



West end of C2 Meadow on January 6, last 3 bulls in.
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Neighbor's meadow Dec 27.
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Winter rustling, just starting to feed, Dec 23.
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Re: Gcreekrch Ranch Pictures

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 1:37 pm
by gcreekrch
Thanks again Ron.

Re: Gcreekrch Ranch Pictures

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:09 pm
by Bright Raven
gcreekrch wrote:Thanks again Ron.


Pleased to do it.

Re: Gcreekrch Ranch Pictures

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 7:12 pm
by wbvs58
It makes the landscape just so different, wouldn't think they are the same block of land.

Ken

Re: Gcreekrch Ranch Pictures

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 7:40 pm
by snoopdog
Beautiful cattle , beautiful country , jealous .

Re: Gcreekrch Ranch Pictures

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 3:48 am
by gcreekrch
wbvs58 wrote:It makes the landscape just so different, wouldn't think they are the same block of land.

Ken


Our winter is your drought to some extent.

Re: Gcreekrch Ranch Pictures

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 5:04 am
by callmefence
gcreekrch wrote:
wbvs58 wrote:It makes the landscape just so different, wouldn't think they are the same block of land.

Ken


Our winter is your drought to some extent.

hard to imagine anything worst than drought...until now lol..i will say its a whole lot prettier than a drought.

Re: Gcreekrch Ranch Pictures

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 5:34 am
by elkwc
gcreekrch wrote:
wbvs58 wrote:It makes the landscape just so different, wouldn't think they are the same block of land.

Ken


Our winter is your drought to some extent.


We've had a few winters with a lot of snow, blizzards and the ground covered for most of 3 months and I don't like it. With that being said I've been thinking recently would I rather have that of the drought and never ending fires that we've had over much of this region this year. Fortunately we've had rain to help our grass recover many haven't. And they are feeding every bite and no fences left. We are hoping to start rebuilding ours soon. So a downside to every environmental event but at least you don't have to rebuild fences and structures when the winter is over. Pretty pics and great cattle.

Re: Gcreekrch Ranch Pictures

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 8:55 am
by gcreekrch
elkwc wrote:
gcreekrch wrote:
wbvs58 wrote:It makes the landscape just so different, wouldn't think they are the same block of land.

Ken


Our winter is your drought to some extent.


We've had a few winters with a lot of snow, blizzards and the ground covered for most of 3 months and I don't like it. With that being said I've been thinking recently would I rather have that of the drought and never ending fires that we've had over much of this region this year. Fortunately we've had rain to help our grass recover many haven't. And they are feeding every bite and no fences left. We are hoping to start rebuilding ours soon. So a downside to every environmental event but at least you don't have to rebuild fences and structures when the winter is over. Pretty pics and great cattle.



Thank you, as Dorothy said, "There's no place like home".

No dust, bugs or bears for us during the winter. It does have it's merits.