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Moving cows across the road to higher ground! Our pastures are starting to get pretty wet with all this glorious RAIN (keep it coming!) so the cows are headed up on the hillside for winter. We will feed them there after they graze off the last alfalfa growth on this side of the road (giving us a bonus few days of not having to feed morning and night which Brian timed well with our Reno trip!)
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It’s getting dark so early now, we have to start feeding around 4 o’clock and we still end up finishing chores in the dark with headlamps on. I love the stillness in the evenings that winter imposes, when we aren’t working until 9 or 10 at night and find ourselves with hours in front of the woodstove before bedtime - but it’s an adjustment to start evening chores so early!
Tonight Maisie, Janie and Tess threw hay while Brian drove and I was late coming home from the farm shop (busy day shipping orders and boxes to the southern CA fire victims!) so I got to catch up and enjoy the view while they finished under another spectacular sky.
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Four girls feeding alfalfa off the back of the feed wagon really draws a crowd - cows first and then the sheep follow close behind!
We feed the cows twice a day in fall/winter when there isn’t enough grass growing in the pastures anymore. It’s a lot of work but something I always look forward to at the end of the day - either together as a family or just Brian and I. (The morning feedings, especially in the dead of winter, take a bit more motivation!)
Last year we figured we threw 1.3 million pounds of alfalfa flake by flake to our herds, most of which we grew right here on the ranch during the spring/summer. (I shorted us, Brian corrected me it was 1.8 million pounds!!)
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Feels like fall around here! Calving is going well, we had another set of twins born yesterday and the mom is taking to both calves pretty well so far. The first born were also twins but the mom was NOT having her second baby so we took it in as a bottle baby. We are about a third of the way through calving and it’s so much fun to see all those babies out there with their mommas!
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They are so photogenic🙄😅#mygirls#m5cattle#maestasranch


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Loving this life I live. #m5cattle#maestasranch


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Starting out in ranching is a very daunting endeavor. We are lucky to have Donald (who married Brian’s youngest sister Katherine), a 5th generation cattle rancher who is well versed and knowledgeable in all aspects of raising cattle for beef in the western states. He helped us start out in our operation and he continues to advise us all the time. Brian has him on speed dial and talks to him at least a couple times a week about obstacles that come up and optimizing our operation. (While Katherine and I talk just as often comparing recipes and notes on ranch life!)
These steers were born on their ranch in Burns, Oregon and joined our herd earlier this year.
Donald and Katherine and their family raise some of the best reputation Black Angus cattle in the West - with a little Hereford line somewhere, hence the white or “bald” faces on some of them.
Most of our cattle are breed and born on our ranch, we want to raise them from start to finish and focus on building our herd with superior genetics for breeding and meat quality - things like ease of calving and marbling on a rib eye. They have the same objectives.
This year to expand our herd we bought 60 of their yearling cattle since we know their program is much like ours, all-natural, no antibiotics or hormones, great genetics and raised ethically and humanely from the start. You don’t always know this when you rely on third parties, so just like when we sell our meats - when we buy cattle, we want to know our farmer/rancher.
Their last name is Doverspike so we call these the Heffer-spike steers!
Swipe for a great picture of their family night calving heifers (watching for first time moms to labor through the night in case they need help) at their “Cow Palace” barn right next to the calving heifers. 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤
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Girls on wheels today... we loaded up on our four-wheelers this morning after church to move some steers to a new pasture.
Francie, Maisie and JJ were each on their own rig and did a great job driving and knowing where to be to move the cattle to the right place without incident (it doesn’t always go that smoothly!) and then, not-to-be-outdone, Tess drove the big Dodge feed truck herself while Brian threw hay off the back - successfully steering around an old fence post and honking at a “naughty cow” to get out of the way. 😂 (*swipe for the Tessa driving video - I should have strung them together in one video)
I don’t know what we’d do around here without these helpful and capable girls. 💪🏼
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Pretty steers waiting on dinner this afternoon, basking in the last few rays of sunshine. ☀️
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Feeding cows up in the trees this morning and JJ was hand feeding them the “snack bar” extras that fall off the bales of alfalfa. She’s gonna love this picture she sees those ears perfectly placed behind her! 😜
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I love the big ole ears on the little tiny calves. These calves were all born this fall and are still in their awkward stages but it makes them even cuter out there. 🖤
This photo was from a couple days ago when we had some sunshine, it’s dreary and grey today with a storm headed our way!
#ranchlife #m5cattle #pasturedeverything #fivemarys


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Sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence. #dontfencemein #m5cattle #escaped


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These girls have the life. #pasturelivin #cowbos #m5cattle #happycowscomefromidaho


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She wasn't wanting to move from the shade! #perfection #firstcalfheiferscalf #m5cattle #cowbos #livinright #idahocattle


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Came home to this sweet little heifer! First baby of 2015. #m5cattle #livinright #cowbos #idahocattle


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Lovin all the tall green grass! #cowbos #m5cattle #happycowscomefromidaho


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We all have our own definition of happiness. #m5cattle #weliveinGODscountry #happycowscomefromidaho #haveyoursteakandeatittoo


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These gals are happy as can be! #m5cattle #cowbos #happycowscomefromidaho


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Went and checked my cows. #m5cattle #mybabes #bigdreams #mothersdaybutdifferent


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