Ann’s post about receiving cattle into her feed yard in the wee hours of the night is a good example of some provisions ranchers and feeders take to care for cattle when the temperatures rise. As a kid on Summer break, I always wanted to go along with my Dad when he hauled finished cattle from our feed yard to the processing plant in Wallula (near Tri-Cities). This meant loading the truck and being on the road east by around 4 a.m to deliver the load in the morning before the heat would hit. While Ann is taking measures to reduce stress for the fall calves coming into her yard to give them the best start there, the same principles related to humane treatment and stress reduction apply as the cattle are shipped for harvest.
I am mostly a “morning person”. My body is trained to get up and go to work at 5:30 every morning because I feel that it is important to get breakfast delivered to our cattle shortly after dawn.
My animals are Creatures of Habit and I think that they are more efficient convertors of my natural resources if they are provided with a consistent feeding schedule that involves an early breakfast. This is especially critical in the summer months when nightly temperatures are in the 60’s but daily temperatures top out in the 90’s.
Because I go to work early every morning, I really do not like to work at night. My body tends to yell at me when I run short of sleep, and it has been years since a nap has appeared on my radar screen. Despite this, every once in a while I need to be at…
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