We are down to one first calf heifer to calf. The ultrasound says April 5th, but we think it will be sooner than that. The last few days we have found a calf or two in the cows. This morning J and I are bringing the cow herd into the calving pasture; one day closer to crazy daze.
After the heifers calf we take them to a small pasture to make sure the new mothers are tending to business. When we get a few pairs accumulated we open the gate to a bigger pasture, so the pairs have more room. Saturday morning we opened the gate. It’s fun to see baby calves run with tails in air, jump and play. Darcy (who blogs at Success is Reason Enough) likes to watch calves buck!
I mentioned that the weatherman was predicting a cold front; he was right. Over the weekend I saw 13* for an early morning temp and highs in the 20’s maybe 30 with wind. There has also been several flurries of snow go through.
J went to a bull sale in the Hills yesterday. I stayed home to hold the fort down. I also baked bread and made a few treats. It’s nice to have a some reserves in the freezer for those long busy days of calving.
The yearlings and replacement heifers are about to set us crazy. Due to their curious nature they are always up to something. Lately they have been itching and scratching on the fences. This leads to going through the fence causing the Rancher frustration. One of the first calf heifers came up open and we slipped her in with the yearlings. She has become an instigator for getting out and has a loyal following. This is a cell phone picture.
Every once in a while J and I forget to get the mail; Friday was one of those rare occasions. We stopped to get the mail on Saturday morning after receiving a text saying we had cows out on the road. I got a another surprise in the mail! Let me back up a step. For my birthday, I got two surprise packages. One from my Aunt who sent me two devotional type books. Kim (who blogs at Kim’s County Line) sent me a set of greeting cards made from pictures she has taken.
Saturday I got a package from Amy (who blogs at A Ranch Wife’s Slant). Amy sent me a package of homemade things, including Cajun seasoning, Chai tea, hand lotion and exfoliating scrub. She also sent a hand written letter that brought tears to my eyes.
I feel very blessed to have a network of family and friends that support me. Some I don’t get to see often or spend enough time with. Some are blog friends across the miles that leave comments or send personal e-mails. Many I would love to meet one day. Each of you have a special place in my heart and I am happy that our lives have crossed paths. Thank You for your friendships!