June 1st, 2012
Shipping time here on the ranch, the time when the grass turns dry and the cattle he'd to greener pastures for the summer. So that means back to back 4 am mornins and the need of toothpicks to hold your eyes open. I usually get a little extra help around this time (other than my dogs) to gather the big fields, so most times 2-3 of us and we gather 1000 + acres and process before 9 a.m. The next morning we are back aboard our saddles at 5 a.m. and loading trucks by 6:30, we load 52,000lbs of beef on the semi trucks and send them on their way.
I will be happy after next Monday as that will be the last of the pasture cattle to ship and on to my girls (cows) to get them ready for the cattle drive mid June.