I took this picture during chores Saturday morning. The haziness is a combination of sleet and snow.
With the non-spring like weather, we have been putting a lot of cows in the barn to calve. It gives the calf an easier start when born in a warm dry place out of the wind. The next day we empty out the barn and turn the pairs out to a small pasture.
Sunday was a cold and windy in the morning and decent in the afternoon. The sun tried to come out.
Monday morning we got up and found 3-4″ of fresh snow. J and I were out the door before 6 am to check for new calves. I get up at least half an hour before J so I can get my cuppa coffee and wake up before the 6 o’clock check. Yesterday, J was out of bed, on my heels and rushing out the door before I had a chance to drink coffee. I survived and did my best to have a polite attitude. I survived, but I don’t want to wake up in a flurry everyday.
We had two cows calve outside during the night. One calf was fine and the second calf was cold. We brought the second pair into the barn to warm up.
Sunday afternoon we put a cow in the barn that was calving. Yesterday morning she had not calved yet. We put her in the chute and J ended up pulling a backwards (tail first) calf. Due to the fact she was calving for so long, we were excited that the calf was alive. J reached in to check for a second calf and found more feet. The twin was backwards too. Both calves were alive and well. That definitely made up for lack of coffee!
This little guy found a place to hunker down out of the wind.
One good thing about cold weather is the fact I feel caught up on skirt-work. My house is clean enough and the laundry caught up. Saturday, I made a loaf of bread and a batch of buns. Yesterday, I baked The Rancher’s favorite, Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Sunday afternoon I edited pictures and worked on blog posts. I figure if I have some edited pictures ready to go, I can always come up with a few words. A Ranch Wife needs a creative outlet, to do something for herself and connect with others.
The picture above and below were taken Monday morning. As you can see, the cows always think they are hungry! The picture below is of the youngest group of calves. Apparently, the snow fall didn’t bother them much. It makes me smile to see the calves run, jump and play.
The weather outlook does look more like spring. Wednesday they are calling for lots of wind. I think sunshine with temperatures in the 20’s and no wind is much nicer than the hurricane type winds we often experience. Maybe the wind will blow Old Man Winter into November and Spring will begin on the prairie.