Thursday, January 26, 2012

Prolonged drought--with intermittent flooding

We got between 1-1/4" and 3" of rain on our ranches, day before yesterday. Apparently, rainfall totals were much heavier upstream.

Today, the rivers on which we live will flood.

Time to save the cows.

PS. Well...

the river's rise wasn't as bad as forecast, but we didn't emerge unscathed, nonetheless.

I instructed our men to lure our cattle to high ground yesterday on the Dos Rios place at the confluence of the San Marcos and Guadalupe Rivers.

They did.

And then left the gate to the river bottom open and went home.

This morning they arrived to find the cows, being cows, had gone back to the bottom. The river filled an arroyo trapping them.

My guys got into a boat and crossed to the other side. The cows. being cows, panicked, and tried to recross the arroyo. Some, but not all made it. Those that didn't got swept away by the current into the main channel of the river.

Just got a call from a friend saying I now have a cow grazing on the golf course at Gonzales. Big purebred, mean-as-hell Brahman bitch.

Don't yet know how many got washed away.

Joy to the world.

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