As mentioned in my previous post, March roared through Montana bringing snow, wind and a week of freezing temperatures. Only to be followed up by several days of unseasonably warm weather which resulted in mass amounts of runoff from the surrounding hills and mountains. Because most of the ditches remained laden with packed snow, they were unable to accommodate the influx of water, and flooding resulted throughout the state. Of course this crazy weather presented itself just days before our sale and so we were scrambling about, frantically attempting to divert the water from the sale lot and barn. I cannot tell you how many times one of my parents has advised me to “never put off for tomorrow what can be done today.” And thankfully, we run our operation in accordance. If we had not spent the month of February moving snow it would have taken a tremendous effort to have the ranch in order for a sale following the most recent onslaught of crazy weather. Our crew was amazing, working around the clock digging trenches, hauling snow and mud, and moving cattle to any dry ground we could find. All and all, considering the circumstances we did a darn good job and had the grounds looking “presentable” for our guests on sale day.
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