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So Much for the Empty Nest
Tuesday 10th of May 2011 10:23 AM

(September 2010: The pasture was lusher then than it is now. Not a good sign!)
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Staffod/Reno County Line
You take your kids to college. And while you still worry about them, you aren't responsible for their everyday care and feeding any longer. That's kind of the way we feel about the move to summer pasture every year. 
Sure, you still have to check on the cattle to make sure they're OK, but the daily feeding of silage and hay and the daily carting of water is supposed to be over for a little while.  We all would like to live in that ideal world, right?
We moved heifers and a bull to pasture a week ago. And they've already been out twice. It is not an auspicious beginning.
We were gone to Omaha for Mother's Day weekend when Jake called about their great escape the first time. It looked like someone had opened a gate. He and a neighbor got them rounded up and back in the right place.
But I guess they enjoyed their taste of freedom and of some nearby green wheat.  They were out again before we got home yesterday afternoon.
Without a rain, it's going to mean more hands-on care this summer. The guys may have to haul supplemental feed and water to pastures. It's just another reason to pray for rain around here. 

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