Sunday, January 9, 2011

Let it snow, let it snow…

Well it’s 9:30 PM and the snow has begun! Around here, when it snows everyone prepares for the storm – not because of the amount of snow but because of the wind! In SW Kansas, trees are few and far between so we have to build wind breaks.  The baby calves will stay a lot warmer if they can get out of the wind and stay somewhat dry. You see in the pic below that we use hay bales…

There are still baby calves being born but thankfully we have a calving barn to put the newborns in to keep them warm and out of the weather for the first day or so after they are born.  When the weather is nice, they stay outside and keep plenty warm in beds of hay.

Tonight, 3 pairs (babies and mamas) and 9 cows are in the barn.  We put any cows in the barn we think might calve in the night so we can be sure the babies will be able to dry off and not get too cold.  We will get up a couple of times tonight to be sure the cows and calves are doing okay and there aren’t any new babies.

I will post some pictures tomorrow of the babies playing in the snow!

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