Emerging little garden sprouts are tasty tidbits for the birds, and, just in time, all sorts of shiny round bird scaring devices complete with hole in the middle for ease of hanging, start arriving in the mail. They only last about 2 seasons, but more keep coming so there is never a shortage of these free discs. Snow peas, broccoli, lettuce, kale, bunching onions, carrots, onions, leeks, and pak choy. Perusing the small mountain of rubbish in the trailer used with our 4-wheeler, prompted Jim Davis to inquire as to whether we’d been to Laclede and back! To be sure, there was far more than one would expect just in the short stretch in front of our house. Unfortunately any aluminium cans were far too soiled for recycling. We try to get this job done at least every other year, but clearly we miss some items since some styles of bottles and cans were popular when I was a youngster. Now we will run the inside of the fence since some people who toss out their beer bottles really give them the heave-ho and they wind up far into the pastures. Hooray! My cows made it through the winter with no hay. This is an ongoing goal of mine to manage the grazing on my place west of Purdin so as to eliminate harvesting or feeding hay. There are 75 cows, 53 of which are lactating last May-June calves and 22 are dry cows and bred heifers in a 7 paddock rotation on 240 acres with several ditches, draws, and timber. All are due to start calving in May-June timeframe, but they are already in good flesh though the calves are not to be weaned until weather cooperates sometime the first of April. Admittedly, that is about 3 acres per animal unit and Allen does a much better job since he strip grazes all winter thereby attaining much better forage utilisation. With my place being 20 minutes away, the cows at Purdin are set stocked during winter grazing which does waste more forage. Tauna Powell, along with her husband and three children, raise cattle, sheep, and laying hens on their property outside Laclede, MO. Contact her at www.mastersranch.com.