Time of Reckoning
Fall is a time of reckoning. It is a time to reap the rewards of a years worth of work and husbandry. Shipping time is a busy time of sorting and classing up the yearlings into uniform groups for sale delivery. Running test lots through the scale house to see if the estimated sale weights set in June were accurate. Fall is a time to reckon the books, cattle sale tallies with expenses; that old cash-flow situation.
With the first skiff of snow there comes an economic and mental reckoning with the standing and stored feed that is on hand to get the cow herd through the winter. Sometimes that agonizing reckoning comes about mid-April on a cold, dry, windy day when all you can find is the beginnings of green on the south slopes.
Fall is like middle age, you can continue to kid yourself or you can accept what is, make decisions to change what you can, and plan for next year.