Dogs, thunder and bright flashes of lighting shook me out of bed about 4.30 am Saturday morning. I received about 4 inches of very noisy rain. I think it has been 3 or maybe even 4 years since our last 4 inch rain. Winter wheat patches(fields) were in serious need of a soaking rain.
Those that have feeder calf’s will move their herds onto wheat pasture starting the first week of December. If wheat fields are not over stocked can stand grazing until the middle of March. After the middle of March feeder calf’s must be removed if the farmer plans on harvesting a good crop of wheat.
This rain will do little to kick start new growth on grass pastures. It’s simply to late in the year and the weather is to cool for new growth of warm weather grasses.
The good news is, most livestock watering ponds are at or near full capacity. Our pond is full again and I don’t think we lost many catfish due to low water levels before this rain.
The cattle prices are still in the insane territory. Last Thursday at the Apache livestock auction, certified impregnated heifers were selling at the low end for $2,800.00. Some of the better quality heifers were topping the $3,300.00 dollar mark. Un-frigging believable!
Ham, turkey, cornbread dressing and an assortment of pies. My favorite is pecan with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Have a happy, safe Thanksgiving Day.
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