It Was a Long Week

Sometimes I feel like a broken record with my weather report. At the same time, our work is highly influenced by the weather. From the activities we do during the day, to the amount and kind of hay we feed the cows, to how many layers of clothes I need to wear, the weather plays a huge role in how we go about the day.

Last Monday and Tuesday we had wind. The sustained wind speeds were in the 40 mph range with gusts in the upper 60-70 mph. It was miserable and dirty. When the wind is bad we tend to hunker down. J and I checked heifers and caught up on inside tasks. When the wind is that extreme we worry about starting a fire and do everything in our power to avoid potential fire risk.

I simply felt relief on Wednesday. It was a sunny day with a nice breeze. J and I did chores and caught up on a few odd ball jobs outside. It was nice to be out and about after two days of wind.

Thursday was a snowy day with a breeze and mild temperatures. The heifers kept us very busy; nine of them had babies!

The weather on Friday was similar to Thursday only colder with a stronger wind. J and I were very glad none of the heifers calved. We got the new babies tagged and turned the pairs into a community pen.

All was calm and bright on Saturday. We had flurries, no wind and it got up to 24*. The sky was blue and after dinner little snow melted on the hill tops.

The wind returned on Sunday and it continued to snow; I saw a high temperature of 20*. J and I sorted the yearlings. We are shipping a few light heifers and the light steers today. The first calf heifers kept us busy in the calving barn.

This morning the moon is big and bright. When I checked heifers at 4:30 it was 4*. Last night the weatherman predicted a high in the upper teens today, maybe 20*.

There is relief in sight as the weather report is saying warmer temperatures towards the middle of the week. When we can get by today and tomorrow they are talking more spring like temperatures. We are ready!

The first calf heifers are over half done calving. When we get to half the heifers calved out, we clean the barn. Sounds like that will be on the schedule when it warms up later in the week.

Wind, snow, cold, calm, blue skies, flurries and ice. All weather elements from the last week. Everyday was a little different and required adjustments from the day before. The good news is the calves are healthy, we are not calving cows and warm weather is in sight!

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. ~Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

What has the weather been like at your house? How far along into calving are you? If you are not calving, when do you start? 

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5 Responses to It Was a Long Week

  1. Alica says:

    Sounds like a very busy week for you! Calves and cold…When the wind dies down, the cold seems so much better, doesn’t it? I’m ready for spring too! We’ve had a super mild winter so far, but are bracing for a Nor-easter tonight and tomorrow, with 10″-18″ in the forecast. That’s a lot for here. I’m hoping it fizzles!! Have a good week!!

    • Robyn says:

      Alicia,
      I agree with you wind just makes everything less tolerable. I can take the cold, but the wind makes everything a challenge.

      I hope the storm misses you; that’s a lot of snow. Big snow storms make a lot of extra work. I’m betting cold temperatures make things difficult on a dairy too.

      Good Luck

  2. Bonnie says:

    I’m glad calving has been moving along. My favorite part of checking heifers was when there was a full moon. Things always seemed so calm. I don’t envy your wind. That is the one thing about the prairie I do not miss. Stay warm and windless.

    • Robyn says:

      Bonnie,
      We had another big drop of calves yesterday and a couple babies today. We hope to get pairs moved to general population tomorrow. They are talking the same conditions for Tuesday as we had today. It got up to 22*, but snowy and windy all day.

      Sounds like the Hills will warm up faster than we will this week.

      I like the bright full moon nights too!

  3. Pamela Galindo says:

    Hi Robyn……I’m pretty sure I’d be a big baby if I had your weather and temps…..in our California valley today it was 81 degrees and we expect 84-86 on Tuesday. We have a lot of morning fog. Local weather reports say that in about a week, our temps will cool considerably and rain will return. This is perfect weather for a car ride on The Blossom Trail…you can probably look it up online…it’s in central California’s San Joaquin Valley in Fresno County… there should be some wonderful photos to see. I don’t think I’ve seen anything as cute and adorable as your new calves. Absolutely precious!! I really enjoy reading about ranch life and you are such a good writer. PAM

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