Discouraging - you bet. Hubby thinks now we will be out of grass in August. But we can't bring them home. Because we have these:
So what will we do??? Probably pay for pasture that has no grass AND cake them. With Cake that will cost well over $400 a ton (as opposed to the $240 it used to cost). Corn prices are going sky high and that will affect all grain products because corn is like Santa Claus -- It's EVERYWHERE!!! Rather it's in EVERYTHING. It will affect the human food prices too. Ca-Ching! Those cash registers will hit everyone in the pocketbook!
On a happier, Hubby was so glad #1 Son and DIL were there to help. They said they had a grand time but they sure looked pretty exhausted from the heat/work/riding when they came in at 5 pm. DIL said she was so glad she had on this:
But cuts need to be made. So today I posted Ember's daughter for sale. She is two years old, registered Morgan, and will wind up at 16 hands like her mother and her sire. She's a nice filly, one of the better ones I think that we've raised. Here is her photo from today. She wouldn't perk her ears up for me. I think she thought it was toooooo darn hot to be PERKY!
The babies had been at #1 Son's place while he & DIL took them through their Manners #101 courses. They didn't think it was too hot when they were turned out for Hi-Jinks though!
My Day today had consisted of being the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. I prepared lunch, no body showed up. Uh-Ohh; that means things are not going well. 1:00 nobody here, put away lunch type stuff and prepared a nice side dish of cukes and onions and a fruit salad. 2:00 no one. Put a large kettle of corn ready to boil on the stove. 4:00 -- still no one, hamburger is thawed, prepared lots of patties in the pan ready to fry when they get in. 5:00 here they are -- we had potato salad, hamburgers, cukes, fruit salad and fresh sweet corn. They all said it was a great meal but I just think by that time, not eating since breakfast, they were just ravenous and anything would have tasted good.
Our hay guy told us he thinks he is going to be way short on our hay order for winter. No surprise there. We had been expecting that. Sooooo maybe we can supplement the cows with some cake and reduce their hay comsupmtion (ca-ching! on the cash register) or we might have to just sell them and buy back when the drought ends, risking losing the lease pasture.
Choices - hard choices. I just hope we don't make a Porch Horse (poor choice) in all this. Fortunately this isn't our living. It's just a hobby-farm but I REALLY do think we should be able to declare these cows and horses as dependents!!!!! on our income taxes. I mean fair is fair.....................we have to pay taxes when we sell them.
News commentators are starting to compare this drought with the Dust Bowl. But I KNOW it's not that bad here yet. 2004 - 2006 was a LOT rougher here in the most recent drought. I think it was 2006 our grass never even came up here at Horse Patch and one of the elderly ladies in Outlaw City told me the Dust Bowl years were worse than that! Man I thought how in the world could that be possible??? Bare dirt is bare dirt but she assured me it was worse. On a good note, bare dirt don't burn! So far no fires at Horse Patch this year and that is a darn scarey thought.
So Who's Got the Rain???? Apparently nobody in the Lower 48.
Just sign me MeridethinWyoming ,where a LOT of Discouraging Words On the Plains were Said Today!