Here are a few more shots I took on a frosty morning two weeks ago; the same frosty morning as Saturday’s pictures. Thursday afternoon J and I got the bred heifers swapped with the yearlings and moved closer to the calving barn. J moved bunks while I watched the gate and picked up stray twine. Friday was a very busy day. During chores we discovered that we were getting low on pellets. Since we like to transfer pellets when the weather is nice, we squeezed it in before dinner. We took 20 minutes to eat ham sandwiches before heading out to bed the calving barn. This was our project for the day and became a priority when J saw a heifer out walking the calving pasture. We got the calving barn bedded down deep with straw, put all the panels back up and brought the heifer in. J went to the neighbor’s to pick up a few free standing panels and I kept an eye on the heifer. When J got home we set up said panels and discovered the heifer delivered twins. The twins came a week earlier than the ultrasound due date. One calf was strong and healthy; the twin was weak and lethargic. Often times this is the situation when a cow (a first calf heifer in this case) has twins; the feeble second calf died. Saturday we did chores as usual and relaxed in the afternoon. With one heifer calved we decided to start bringing the girls in at night and keeping a close eye on them. J is the evening and 2 am watch and I head out at 5 am. Sunday I got caught up on my to-do list and baked cookies. Monday greeted us with flurries and we saw a high temperature of 6*. On a fun note, I must wish my Mom a Happy Birthday! Also, February 20 was my 3rd Blogiversary.
My name is Robyn. I am a South Dakota Ranch Wife who loves being in the kitchen and living on the prairie. I am here to share our life on a cattle ranch. I will also be blogging about recipes and my adventures.