We got a taste of winter on the South Dakota prairie. This past week started with heavy dense fog accompanied by frost. Mid week brought 3″ of snow, wind and high temperatures in the teens. We enjoyed nice a weekend with temps back in the low 30’s.
When the weather man starts talking winter storm we start preparing. They were not calling for a lot of snow, but we still took precautions since it was the first storm of the season. J and I gathered and fed the main group of cows hay. This helped to hold them behind the shelter belts in case the storm would have been bad. The bulls got a good feeding and we brought the calves into the corrals for the night. It took most of Tuesday to get things situated to our satisfaction.
Wednesday and Thursday were windy; cold and windy. Friday was cold, but no wind! J and I did chores, got things ready to work bred heifers and did a few odd jobs outside. I don’t mind the cold so much. When I’m dressed right and moving around I stay pretty warm. I do admit, I’m not a fan of wind!
We were up and at em early Saturday morning to do chores and run the bred (or first calf) heifers through the chute. Cousin T and Roy came over to help. The weather cooperated and the heifers tended to be stubborn. We were all glad to sit down to a nice dinner. On the menu was Pizza with a simple green salad and Pecan Pie.
I got my CALF News magazine in the mail last week. Mom’s Chuteside Manner (page 22-23) is an idea I helped her develop during the Nebraska State Fair. I always enjoy photo adventures with Mom and discussing observations we have made and things we have experienced in life.
“It’s All About Beef” is the them for the December 2015/January 2016 issue and features several good articles about the healthy and nutritional value of eating beef and marketing to millennial generation.
May you enjoy the blessings you have as you celebrate Christmas this week. I hope your cup runneth over with all that brings you happiness.