The Other Side of Sunset

The Other Side of Sunset

Monday, February 23, 2015

Snowy Sunday

The cattle in the background were using the trees as a windbreak from the north wind on Peace Creek.
Sunday was a day not fit for man or beast. But because we have "beasts" who rely on us, man (and woman) were out in the cold to check on mamas and babies.
I don't know how we got so lucky, but we didn't have any baby calves born yesterday. The babies already on the ground found plenty of ways to keep snuggled up and warm.
Number 503 was playing hide and seek in the feeder - and keeping warm at the same time.
These calves nestled down into the fresh straw the guys spread in the corral before the snow started.
 While mama ate, this calf had a snooze in the hay that littered the ground from the feed bunks. 
While the barn has seen better days, it does provide some shelter for cows and calves. During Randy's early morning check, he found several pairs inside the barn. After church, several babies were still inside the barn (though, in the photo, you only see the mama peering out into the falling snow).
The babies also get warmed up with milk on demand. Nothing like something warm in your belly to help feel all warm and comfy.
 
The farmer had to wait until after the cattle check to get something warm in his belly - our typical Sunday waffle lunch!

10 comments:

  1. Kim,
    Hope you get some sun and warm temps soon.

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    1. Today is warmer. There are snow flurries on the weather map scattered throughout the week. We'll see what happens. Hope you have good calving weather coming up!

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  2. It looks freezing!! And certainly not weather for baby calves. Lucky them for having such dotting mothers and farmers looking after them. Hoping the weather warms up for you soon.

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    1. It's winter in Kansas - totally unpredictable. We're supposed to be warmer today and then the rest of the week will bring some snow, if the weather map is to be believed. But it doesn't look like a major storm, which is good. We can always use the moisture on our crops.

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  3. Oh you were lucky to not have one born yesterday it was -37c here and we did and it was abandoned. I saved it and My Hero is out feeding it right now:( oh I wish it would warm up. Good luck with the rest of your girls. Hug B

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    1. Buttons to the rescue! Good luck with the calf. It always makes for extra work to have to bottle feed.

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  4. Hope the weather warms up some. At least the wind will quit. We've been so fortunate to have wonderful weather to calve in. 9 heifers to go. :) then a full nights sleep! Ha!
    Cheri

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    1. We are down to four heifers to go and we've had about half of our cows calve. So far, we've lost two babies - one to a heifer and another to a cow. The later wasn't brand new, so we're not sure what happened. Just one of those things.

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    1. Thanks, Cheri! I took it several years ago at a farm pond about a mile and a half from our house. I don't think the swing is still hanging there and there's not water in the pond right now. So it was a case of being at the right place at the right time.

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