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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Cows due to calve soon

I finally started to feel better by the end of the week and I moved my cows into the yard. They are due to calve next week but some are starting to show a lot of sign, so it is nice having them close and easy to inspect.

I was lucky to get a load of fines from the Barwick mill for the calving yard and the cows are absolutely loving them.

Thanks so much to Norbord!

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I finally think my hydrops cow is coming around. I actually ended up drenching her with some rumen enzymes from another cow in hopes of kick-starting her rumen.

Nasty 'flu bug has hit me hard

There hasn't been many columns that I haven't started off with my view on the weather. And once again, this weather is terrible.

I planned to move my cattle into the calving yard but it is a giant swimming hole right now.

I don't believe this weather is healthy for any of us. As I'm writing this, it is Day 2 for me of bed/bathroom time. I have been hit with a nasty 'flu bug and though my trips to the bathroom are fewer, if I stand too long, I am so dizzy that I feel uneasy.

Cow needed inducing

It looks as though we are going to have a nice week of weather.

I am hoping the current forecast of rain for Saturday is wrong, but I’m certain things will change by then.

It will be a great week to take down my Christmas lights. But from the stuff that I have gathered up already, most of the extension cords likely will have to stay until spring now since they’re under about four feet of snow.

The yard will be dark again—and I’m sure Hydro One will be disappointed.


Days already starting to get longer

It’s the second week of January and we already are starting to see a small change in our daylight hours! Yay!

That is what I find the most difficult about winter–the dark being so long.

We certainly saw a lot of snow last week and it took two days to get things all cleaned up. Moving snow is not my favourite job and my dad was off in Florida, so I tackled as much as I could before my almost step-son came and spent most of a day finishing up the mess I made.

New year off to snowy start

Happy New Year to everyone!

It looks like we are starting it off with snow. I do recall someone telling me that the Farmer’s Almanac was calling for a “real old-fashioned winter” (i.e., lots of snow and some cold days).

I guess the snow will make all the snowmobilers, skiers, and snowshoers happy! But I get tired of cleaning off the deck while my dad will spend hours and hours pushing around in our driveways.

I’ve always found that to be a waste of time and fuel but it needs to be done.

Looking forward to 2017

Many of you still will be celebrating and visiting, and perhaps because of the weather, some celebrations will be extended!

Although the weather didn’t co-operate, we certainly can feel lucky because it sounds like places around us were hit harder.

If your visit was extended because of the weather, enjoy your extra time together!


On Christmas Eve, we gathered with my boyfriend/partner’s family in Stratton. Although it was a smaller crew, some of the family still is travelling in so we are hoping to see a few more of them yet.

Final stretch to Christmas

We are moving quickly into that final stretch before the big day!

I finally got my upstairs tree up on Sunday. But as I was dragging it in from the minus-34 temperature, and the needles and branches were following off, I did think to myself, “Why do we do this again?”

We spend hours trying to clean our house and then we bring in a messy tree. But after getting as many lights on it as I possibly can, and all the special decorations that I’ve collected over the years, I remember why!

‘Holly Daze’ a hit

Emo once again hosted a wonderful weekend of “Holly Daze!”

The parade was just awesome! Maddie and Marlee each brought a friend along and this year with our “dog” theme, we not only tossed out candy canes but milk bones for all the dogs watching the parade!

Marlee’s friend, Ella, thought, “Emo sure has a lot of dogs.”

Marlee and Ella then stayed in the country for the weekend. Ella was so easy to have around and is a true country girl at heart.

Still bare ground in Emo

Winter has arrived in parts of Rainy River District but we still have bare ground here in Emo.

No complaints, though, as it will be great if our farm yards get some frost into them before the snow falls.

I did have to spend most of Saturday getting all the water systems fixed up with heat for the winter (Ontario Hydro will be pleased with that as I’ll see a huge difference in my bills for the rest of the winter).

It is at least a month later than normal, however, so I shouldn’t complain.

Still enjoying amazing weather

Here we are the middle of November and still enjoying amazing weather!

I realize this will be coming to an end but we certainly have had a good run. For instance, we unrolled bales and baled them into square bales this past weekend and actually were hot.

Meanwhile, I’m feeding cows in places that most years you wouldn’t go with a tractor. The only bad part was as I was feeding, I thought, “Wow, that’s weird how the branches are all off that tree like that.”

Turns out it was a strategically-placed tree stand. I might have ruined a hunting spot.