Last Friday, we completed the spring work here at our place. Spring work is when the calves are given their first vaccinations and permanent identification. In order to get the calves vaccinated safely and efficiently, we trade help. Trading help means that if a neighbor helps with my spring work, then I return the favor by helping with their spring work. No one is paid in money, only in good food and a great time. It is early mornings and long days. You get up with the sun, work alongside your family, friends, and neighbors until the last calf is taken care of, eat a delicious meal, and get ready to do it all again the next day.
Being as isolated as we are here in the Sandhills, spring work often turns into something of a social event. It is the season many of us look forward to the rest of the year. This season has been particularly interesting, and quite frankly a lot of fun. Thanks to a couple of wise guys (Tom being one of them), there has been a theme established for each day of the week. For anyone willing to participate, it is Matching Magic Monday, Tie Tuesday, Wig Wednesday, Ugly Sweater Thursday, and Flat Bill or Casual Friday – whichever you prefer.
All joking aside, we take the care for our cattle very seriously and always make sure the spring work gets done properly, but when you love what you do it is hard not to have fun doing it!