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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Not huge fan of time change

Not sure about the rest of you but I am not a huge fan of the time change.

I thought at one time it was mentioned we were going to just leave the time alone-and I vote for that. I do enjoy our long sunny days and evenings but now when I am getting up, I need to turn the lights on.

My biggest issue is losing an hour of sleep on my already short sleeping hours.

On the bright side, our recent weather has been fantastic! The snow slowly is disappearing, and these sunny days and cool evenings are keeping things near perfect.

Grateful to have missed the snow

It is sounding like we are quite fortunate that we missed some of the heavy snow that many received around us over the weekend.

Normally I would complain about this wind but truthfully I'm not going to because we will take the wind minus the snow.

It is great that our nights are staying cool enough that the cattle are staying pretty dry and clean. Most of the calves have figured out the calf shelters so they can eat, exercise, and then rest away from the herd and out of the miserable weather.

My calves have been arriving on schedule

My cows didn't fail me. Two calves arrived on my due date on the 15th and as I write this, I am up to 11.

Alas, it seems like many of them have been arriving during sleep hours.

I was certain our “Maria” cow was going to calve on Monday night and because I have been getting up every two-three hours for a while now, when I do get to sleep, I sleep hard (one of my favourite features of my smartphone is the fact you can set multiple alarms).

Gearing up for calving season

Everyone from southern Ontario is asking me how the winter here is going. They're concerned because their temperatures have been fluctuating from minus-20 to plus-10 C.

I replied that I'm concerned since we keep hearing this is the last of the cold snap but it is back down to minus-40. Oh well, it is winter, after all, and the days are getting longer!

Colder weather is back

We pretty much have whipped through the first month of 2018 and it sounds like we have some colder temperatures in store for us again.

I have my cows all moved into the calving area now and my barn is close to being ready. I just have to get the straw in pens now and I likely will start bringing in a few of my first-calf heifers only to get them to adjust to the new routine.

Winter warm-up not all positives

I know we all are enjoying our winter warm-up, including myself, but it does cause me some stress.

Cows enjoy it, too, but they tend to enjoy it too much and I worry about them getting on their back. They are eight months' pregnant, the snow melts underneath them, and they can't get up.

If that happens, they can die in as little as 15 minutes. So if you are not there at the right time, it is just too late (it is the most sickening feeling).

Calving season nearing

Here we are in mid-January! The dreaded long winter month already is half over.

It seems like it went extra fast for me by spending one week sick and one week away.

It still is pretty much Christmas at my place but if things go as planned, I will fix that up this week. I finally have my calendars all ready for 2018—something I normally do before the New Year arrives.

So anyone who had a birthday during the first couple of weeks of January likely will be getting their card this week.

Christmas just flew right by

Here is hoping everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

We did, although it just seemed to fly right on by! I told my boyfriend/partner that I wish I could slow it down and enjoy it a bit longer.

He thinks I'm crazy. Maybe it's because I frantically was trying to get ready the last week, or maybe because it was cold and we had to deal with three-straight days of frozen water problems.

Time ticking down

Monday was my first official day off—well, kind off. I had two meetings and was hoping to do some shopping.

I have next-to-no gifts purchased yet so my list is a mile long.

If you see me in town shopping, and I am not very friendly, don't be offended as this is me just trying to take care of business. I am not a shopper so I find it painful.

On the bright side, I finally feel as though my outdoor light display is complete. I tackled my inside decorations upstairs but still have to prepare the basement (it doesn't take as long it seems).

December sure seems to be flying by

Well, December certainly seems to be flying by!

I was supposed to be heading to the Thunder Bay Soil & Crop Association's annual meeting but I backed out. It would have meant being away an extra day and this week is jammed-packed as it is.

They won't miss me as they still will be celebrating the announcement last week that Lakehead University is taking over the Thunder Bay agricultural research station.

This should ease their minds as it has been a struggle keeping funding for their much-needed agronomy station.