There has always been water in the dam by the river since it was built. It has never been dry enough to change that. It was built in the sixties, so I don't know what would happen if it was ever as dry as it was in the 1930's around here. For now, we have water and we have had rain.
But the pasture around the dam is pretty dry and tired.
Now that we have had rain, we are happy to let the pasture rest until next Summer.
The cattle, that have been moved onto the stubble fields need water and the sloughs are empty.
So the cattle walk to the stock dam. There are openings in the fences and gates that allow them to walk to water each day.
A walk each day is good for them. Just like it is for people, it clears the lungs and gets the blood pumping. Cattle are healthiest when they are able to move around.
The stock dam is low, but not empty.
The optimists in GriggsDakota have shored up the spillway with rock to prevent snowmelt from washing the dam away.
This year, more than most, we are hoping that snow will cover these hills.
So that next year, the cattle can return to the green pastures of GriggsDakota.