Tales from the O-NO Ranch
Man, I gotta’ tell ya, I didn’t think that it would ever get here. I really didn’t. The first real day of warm sunshine, no wind and the ground still a little wet from the last rain. I have to admit that I got really tired of cold weather and all the wind that came with it and I have been cravin’ a first good warm day with no wind. I craved it like a preacher craves an attentive congregation.
This past weekend I did a lot of riding on Bubba (my big motorcycle) and most of it was out in the countryside just takin’ in the sweet smell of green grass and watchin’ those little calves buck and run.
I got to thinkin’ that if I had me about three sections of “bar ditch” grass, I could run me about 600 yearlings. I couldn’t afford to buy that many, but still it is the thought that counts. I see all that good grass goin’ to waste and it makes an ole cowboy’s heart weep a little. Down in Texas, old man Courtney would just turn his cows out in the road ditches to take advantage of all that good “bar ditch” grazin’. The sheriff would send a deputy out and tell the old man to get his cows back in before someone ran over them and eventually he would, but believe me, it was after they were full.
We were movin’ pairs one day down the road and barrow ditch from one pasture to another a couple of miles away. One of my neighbors stopped and offered, “Jack, old man Courtney is gonna’ be awful mad at you for trampling and grazing his pastures down!”
“I wouldn’t at all be surprised,” I shot back. Everybody in that area knew to look out for the old man’s cows as they would be out in the ditch and road way at least two to three days a week.
Fact is, if my grass don’t grow like I think it should after all this rain and warm weather, I may have to turn my ponies out in the road on occasion just to get a fill on ’em. At present, I have lots of weeds and precious little grass and I know it’s comin’, it just is! It’s cloudy now with a hint of showers and it’s about 80 degrees. Now if that don’t grow ya some grass, nothin’ will.
It’s here and I’m glad. I’m glad summer is approachin’ and I’ll take whatever comes with it as long as it’s wet and warm!
Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I’ll c. ya.
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Fresh spring growth is a welcome sight for producers looking for animal forage. However, this lush growth may also be the perfect set of conditions for a case of grass tetany.