A week ago today, we were doing field work and the very next day we were pushing snow. I’m not sure who is more confused with this winter’s weather . . . our cattle or our kids. One day my kids are able to go with jackets only and the very next day their mean mom makes them wear snow pants, hats and gloves.
It certainly creates challenges to go from warm, dry conditions to cold, wet conditions during calving season. Nonetheless, we captured some beautiful moments on the Blomme Farm this past week. I hope you enjoy.
Ground hay, corn and frosted snowflakes for breakfast.
Here is one of our newly formed foster families. In an earlier article, Life Lessons on the Farm, I wrote about a couple of orphaned calves and heifers without calves that we were hoping to pair up. Good news – both of these heifers did foster the calves and are taking good care of them. In this picture, you see the method we used which is to lock the heifer in a head gate and give them a bucket of feed for a couple of reasons: 1) to keep them still and content while the calf nurses and 2) to keep them from seeing and smelling the calf while it nurses. After about three days of this, we let them be together and, thankfully, it worked!
In the video below, you’ll see a close up of this same calf nursing its new mom. You’ll notice that the calf will occasionally hit the heifer’s udder with its head. The calf does this to stimulate the bag and help bring the milk down. You’ll also notice that the calf is wagging it’s tail much like a dog does. This is a good sign as it shows that he is getting milk.
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And here is the other foster family, Laney and her new calf (my oldest daughter’s heifer . . . we get very creative with names). Does it get much sweeter than this?
The girls were helping daddy check cows yesterday afternoon. Ruthie (the middle child) has a hard time staying away from the electric fence . . . it’s just so darn tempting for a three-year-old. So, they get to check cows from the pickup bed.
The puppies get to go along to check cows too. Here is our handsome Tuff, looking on at the herd. Some farmers have highly trained livestock dogs that are tremendous help with tasks like sorting cattle. Tuff would not be one of those dogs . . . he is very good at napping though.