Late last night, or early this morning depending how you look at it, I was at the corral helping unload the latest arrivals on the ranch. When the last heifer walked off the truck, I played my flashlight over the group, closed the gate and returned to the house to get some sleep.

Yesterday afternoon my husband and I, along with our four-year old Top Hand, prepared for the arrival of these new heifers. In addition to setting out a couple of bales of hay we also set up some new water tanks.

Simple, low-tech water tanks. My favorite kind. The guys assembled the floats, while I hauled the tanks and water hoses into place.


Does this seem like an odd division of labor? Not at all. I have no mechanical ability whatsoever. None. Zero. Zip. I will happily lug around water tanks and let my four year old do the mechanical work.

I glanced at the heifers this morning as I was taking the kids to school, but it was still too dark to get a good look at them.

We purchased these heifers through an online video auction and hadn’t seen them up close and personal until today. A bit of a gamble, yes, but I think these heifers are going to work well for us.

They are a calm, quiet group of heifers; not bothered in the slightest by me or my camera.

Hardly batted an eye at the resident four year old who rode his bike from the house to the pen, ringing the bike bell and blowing a whistle the entire time.

Yep, I think these heifers will fit in just fine.