I want to say March came in like a lion giving us extreme cold and 4″ of fresh snow. There was no wind over the weekend and the snow was pretty as it sparkled and danced in the sunshine. Is that in like a lamb?
Over the weekend we had high temperatures reach zero; when I got up for the 5 am Sunday morning heifer check is was -23*. Monday we saw highs in the low teens.
J and I are glad the heifers are calving one at a time as each calf needs extra care. Shortly after they are born and get a good feeding of Mama’s milk we put them in the hot box to get them good and dry. Friday afternoon we had another first calf heifer deliver twins; both of these calves are strong and healthy. We are supplementing them with a bottle to make sure they both get plenty to eat; they are catching onto the extra goodies. When we go up to check on things these two are running or bucking and follow us around the barn.
Saturday afternoon I broke my glasses. Yup, broke them, tried to superglue them and they are not fixable. I texted my Mom a picture and told her “this is what happens when I am careful 99.9% of the time.” Lucky for me, and because we live over 125 miles from the eye doctor, I still have my old glasses. They seem to be working and may have to get me through calving season.
Sunday we sorted off our replacement heifers. It was kind of bad timing with the cold temperatures, but needed to be done. Monday morning we shipped a load of bangs vaccinated heifers. In the afternoon, I made a quick trip to town to run errands and grab some groceries.
The mailbox had several colorful envelopes and a package from Iowa in it. One would have to wonder if I am having a birthday later this week? Guess I will have to wait and see.
We are excited for the weatherman’s prediction of warmer temps this week. Starting tomorrow they are talking highs in the 20’s and warmer each day. We are ready!
J is the Clerk for our township and has the annual township meeting this afternoon. I am on heifer duty.