Signs of Spring

Photo and description by Jean Stimpson

Jean Stimpson said, “We had a long winter, more snow than we’ve had in years and below zero temps lasted longer than they should have. But with the purple mustard blooming brings the promise of spring.” The Montana native and rancher’s wife explained, “April temps are usually in the 40s and sometimes 50s. Calving should be getting close to being done so our next project will be branding.” In preparing for spring, Stimpson admitted, “We have gotten some bad spring storms in April, and there have been a few times we have branded in our winter coats and coveralls as it was spitting snow.” In all, the Montana ranchers are so thankful for the abundant amount of grass they should have this year to turn cows out onto in May.