Today Arlin is flood irrigating our Flying AJ Ranch. The gorgeous Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana provides quite a background for a stage---complete with a cow audience! The girls love to see what's going on and what changes are taking place on a daily basis! The Flying AJ Ranch has water rights from the Bitter Root Irrigation District, or BRID. Normally Arlin changes each irrigation "dam" once or twice a day and soaks each pasture. We also use a pivot irrigation system, a method of hay irrigation in which our equipment rotates around a pivot, 360 degrees, and uses water more efficiently.
We walk around our cattle every day with our Standard Poodle, Louie, and our Belgian Sheepdog, Katie. Often, our poodle licks the faces of our heifers and they come near our house and stand next to our fence---to get groomed. We call them “Louie’s girls….” Louie our standard poodle is actually a good herding dog and helps us move cattle from pasture to pasture or down the road. He looks a little goofy to the average rancher with a heeler or border collie by their side, but we really like Louie! My husband takes Louie along to quite a few auctions with lots of people and tractors and farm equipment or cattle and Arlin thinks Louie is a “chick magnet” so ranchers take note!
The Flying AJ Ranch won the 2018 Midland Bull Test Angus Champion ADG Bull Award! We are excited about bringing our 3F Epic 4631 bull calves that tested NHF to Midland Bull Test Sale. They will make excellent heifer bulls! See you April 5, 2019 at Midland Bull Test!