before we got back to Kansas, so Jake sent us a photo via email. At first, Jake thought we were off to a bad start for the 2013 calving season when he found a dead baby calf in the pasture. A short time later, he called back and said that the mama cow had twins. One survived, and the other didn't.
He may not be quite as cute as our little farm girl, Kinley, but we are glad to welcome him to the "family," too.
calving out heifers. (For those who don't know, those are the first-time moms.) The second year of drought was a contributing factor in the decision. If it doesn't rain this winter and spring, we might have to sell off additional cows before we take them to pasture next spring. The pastures have been depleted because of the lack of moisture for replenishing the natural grasses.
For the past two years, we've sold feeder calves in the late summer/early fall, right as we weaned them from their mothers. Typically, we have held onto those calves and fed them throughout the winter, then sold them in the spring. However, the drought has left us with shorter feed supplies - both hay and silage - forcing us to sell early to make sure we have enough feed for the mama cows during the winter months.
Another factor was Randy's back surgery. He has another month during which he's not supposed to lift more than 10 pounds. First-time moms are more likely to need help with labor and delivery. This removes one source of "temptation" to do more than he should. (By the way, I built up my muscles lifting suitcases in and out of the car during our trip to Kentucky.)
Baby No. 3 arrived on Thursday during a brief snow storm. Only 115 to go!