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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Being sick killed all my big plans

And so winter hangs on although I’m hearing that we’re supposed to be in double-digit temperatures for daytime highs by week’s end.

Won’t that be something!

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Well, I ended up sick again last week and missed out on all my big plans. I understand we had a great turnout at the work bee at the Stratton sales barn on Saturday.

Thanks to all of you who made it.

Snow was no joke

Well, April seems to have come in like a Lion!

And how about that snow on Friday–quite the April Fool’s Day prank but it seems to want to continue, with more white stuff in the forecast this week.

We can’t complain about the yard being sloppy since it is frozen solid (although the animals might complain because all this frozen mud is hard on their feet).

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We will gather at the Stratton sales barn this Saturday around 9 a.m. for our first work bee of the season.

We welcome everyone to come out for a few hours and see how much we can get finished.

Twin calves a surprise

I was surprised with a set of twins on Friday night.

Normally you see twins from your cows calving at the beginning of your cycle, but I was lucky to get a heifer and bull from a young cow at the end of it.

The heifer calf weighed 75 pounds and the bull 70 pounds, so that is a pretty decent weight for her to be carrying around.

But she is a good momma so she should be able to raise them just fine.

When you end up with a heifer and bull twin, a lot of the times the heifer is infertile so she not likely get to stay in the herd.

Spring is my least favourite season

I’m crossing my fingers that we don’t get the amount of rain they’re currently predicting on my weather apps.

Thankfully there is still some frost so when you are feeding cows, you are not sinking out of sight—but that will happen soon enough.

I understand it is going to cool down again, and I don’t think many will argue the freezing at night will help dry up some of the mess we are dealing with currently.

Waiting for last cows to calve

I’m sure no one is complaining about these spring-like days and I’m not, either, except I worry that we will pay for it later–when we truly should be getting the spring-like days.

Though I wasn’t born for the “Spring of ’66,” I’ve heard many times about the amount of snow that arrived in March of that year.

Our neighbours to the east in Temiskaming District have a tremendous amount of snow and a friend of mine had a 14-month-old dairy barn that collapsed with the snow load.

Busy week of calving

Well, it was a busy week of calves for me! I was just steady moving cattle in and out, and thankfully it was decent temperatures, so it was easier to put calves outside much more quickly than what I sometimes do.

Things were going pretty good, and I planned to attend the soil and crop meeting last Thursday night. But my second-last heifer started to calve around supper time (they often do that when they know you are planning to go somewhere).

Rain left a big mess

Thankfully the rain showers have left us. What a mess!

I think we all can agree we certainly don’t need that kind of weather at this time of year.

I easily could skate right out to the barn and it actually might be safer than trying to walk. Then again, it is much easier to step into a pair of boots than lace up skates, especially when you are going every two-three hours.

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Maddie and Marlee both were playing in a hockey tournament in Emo over the weekend so I tried to sneak in a few games.

Timing perfect for first calvings

I was lucky to spend Family Day with Maddie, Marlee, and cows calving!

The timing was perfect since two of Maddie’s cows calved and so did one of Marlee’s. So they got to experience a whole lot of stuff first-hand.

The day before, we had a heifer (first-time momma) calve and it seems that it came a little early. He only weighs 57 pounds so we have been busy making sure he is getting a good drink of milk.

He knows how to suck just fine, but he is so little that he doesn’t get up well on his own.

4-H has new president

Congratulations to Joe Bodnar, who agreed to take on the position of president of the Rainy River District 4-H Leaders’ Association at its annual meeting over the weekend.

It was great to see a few new faces take over some of the committees with this group.

Like we say over and over again, “more hands make light work!”

Meanwhile, the annual awards night for 4-H members and volunteers is quickly approaching–the date is Friday, Feb. 26 at the Millennium Hall in Stratton.

Still tough to do chores

Well, the long month of January is behind us! Unfortunately, I missed most of it due to not feeling well.

I have improved but still not myself—and still very short of air. Not sure what I’ve got going on but I will be back in to see the doctor this week.

A person doesn’t realize how much they normally do until they are laid up and doing very little. I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time in my house since I moved here.