Frosty Fences

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. February 25 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. February 25 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*. February 25 On a fun note, I must wish my Mom a Happy Birthday! Also, February 20 was my 3rd Blogiversary.

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13 Responses to Frosty Fences

  1. Loretta Beavis says:

    You write with such grace and modesty. An incredibly intense life surrounds you from the beauty of life to the reality of death.
    So much is time-driven but commanded by the seasons…wow!
    I wore shorts and a sleeveless top yesterday….but the night before it was 32 degrees F. The desert here has big temperature fluctuations. That is the part I do not like.

    Loretta

  2. Jona says:

    Happy blog-iversary!! Keep them coming!

  3. Darcy says:

    Happy birthday to your mom, and congratulations on 3 years! I hope calving goes smoothly for you two….and maybe you’ll get some warmer weather. 🙂

  4. cheri says:

    Congrats on 3 years! Keep blogging, love to read about you & J ranching.
    We had twins in our heifers this year too. Very odd for us in heifers. Luckily we had an “extra” heifer that lost a calf and were able to splice/graft him onto her. and its working beautifully! 🙂
    We find about 6 or so twins in the cows every year. Either we have an extra cow, or we (strike that) I have a bottle baby!
    Good luck calving. Hope the weather warms up for you.

  5. Linda W says:

    Nice shots of the frosty fences. Sorry to hear about the calf that didn’t make it. Good luck with the rest of the heifers.

  6. Darn, sorry about the twin.
    I was a young mother when I gave birth to twins, premature, and I’m always a little moved by twin birthing, and amazed & thankful at how well they pulled through their early, shared birth.
    I have a friend who had a single child this past month at the same gestation I delivered the twins, and that baby girl did not make it.. she was so small & not ready. The difference in size & development at the same gestation just puzzles me.
    Anyway, one of the things that comes with farm life, I suppose, but I’m sorry all the same.
    Your frosty photos are beautiful, Robyn!

  7. Kim says:

    Good luck with the heifer calving process! We are getting closer to being done with heifers, but still have a bunch of cows to go. Yesterday, we gathered and sorted feeder calves. Today, the truck comes to take them to the sale barn, and they sell tomorrow. We also sorted out 25 heifers to keep to breed for next year. We picked a cold week to do it.

  8. Karen says:

    Happy birthday to your mom and happy bloggiversary to you! I really don’t know how you fit so many things into a day.

  9. Happy Blogoversary, and Happy Birthday to your mom. Sorry about the twin- I know that happens sometimes. Have a nice week- hope the temps rise a bit higher than 6!

  10. Magnificent and creative photography plus you work so hard for a living ~ thanks, xxx

    artmusedog and carol
    http://www.acreativeharbor.com

  11. Jen says:

    Happy Birthday to your mama and congrats on 3 years! Sorry about the calf…

  12. Teresa says:

    This winter really has me nervous about calving and kidding. Sorry you lost the one twin, but good thing you were paying such close attention.

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