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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Vaccinations went well despite conditions

Each spring, as vaccination time approaches, I tend to worry that the handling facilities won’t be thawed out or be still full of snow.

But for the first-time ever, it happened!

I’m about three weeks away from breeding, so the cows needed to be vaccinated. Unfortunately, the corral still has about three feet of snow in it.

Due to the fact that the ice was dangerous, and the head gate wouldn’t fully open, we ran all the cows through the maternity pen to vaccinate. The calves, meanwhile, we did in big groups and we made the yearlings go through the chute.

Even the cows want spring

I think even my cows are growing tired of our lack of spring!

For those of us who didn’t have a huge stack of hay this year, the long, lingering winter certainly is not helping that, either.

Alas, the long-term weather forecast still isn’t looking very warm and we are in need of some warm days to attack the big snow piles.

I still have yet to see a glimpse of my plowing here at the Emo Agricultural Research Station!

Back to the cold

I was thinking that the cold weather Monday morning was quite an April Fool’s Day trick!

The sun was shining, but it was pretty darn stiff in the barn yard.

It’s amazing that last year at this time, we were thinking about planting. This year, however, I can’t even see me plowing anytime soon.

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I’m officially back at the Emo Agricultural Research Station, which means my full-time farming days are over once again.

Keeping my fingers crossed

Well, my prediction that the end of calving sometimes is a bit of challenge has proved true.

A great big ole’ cow that is quiet like a dog and has been acting strange, truthfully, for the last couple of years, calved early Sunday morning.

She has been lying out in the deep snow since I brought the cows in the yard and did the same thing last year. She calved, but acted like nothing had happened.

Once we got her in the barn she seemed to be very out of it.

She has always been quite a quiet, gentle mother but this was strange.

Food day victim of snow again

More snow—I think we all have the same feelings about this!

As well, our Food Security Action Day had to be postponed for a second time because of snow.

It now is re-scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 and we only can hope for a more spring-like day.

On the bright side, I’m hoping this latest snowstorm will trigger something and the last of my cows will decide to calve. I am tiring of checking them and it seems we get non-complacent as the end nears.

Never a quiet moment on the farm

As I sat down to write my Moos column on Monday, it was 2 p.m. and I still hadn’t tackled all my morning duties.

That’s right, Maddie and Marlee are here! They are busy draggin’, playing, wrestling, and having a few fights every now and then.

My phone and e-mail also were busy Monday as the spring sunshine has everyone thinking about the upcoming season!

Alas, my lists are getting longer and I’m still in need of sleep!

Hoping we miss March’s lion

March has arrived; the days are longer and the sun is warmer. We slowly are putting winter behind us.

Still, I was on the phone Monday with many from the west and it sounded like March’s lion was hitting them quite hard.

I’m crossing my fingers that we miss it.

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Marlee didn’t have a baby-sitter on Friday so my boyfriend/partner picked her up after work Thursday night. Good thing, too—she helped connect the Internet to the barn.

Hopes of spring emerging

I won’t complain about the weather this week! There is nothing like the warmth of the sun at this time of the year that brightens your hopes of spring, long days, and green grass!

I know, I know. We still have March to get through, but this feels good!

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I had to venture off to our first meeting for the new board of the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association.

Murray McDonald let his name stand as president for another year and we are excited for our upcoming year, with a few new marketing options and ideas.

I’m still griping about the weather

Another week has arrived and I’m still complaining about the weather!

The poor calves barely can get around in the snow, and the snowbanks are so high I barely can see the cattle in the barn yard!

Someone reminded me that March can be a very snowy month—what a lovely thought!

Last year in March, we already were dry. But I sure can’t see that happening this year.

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Two weeks into calving and I’ve made it to the halfway mark. I wish I could tell you that I will be done in two more weeks, but I know that isn’t going to happen.

Snow makes for tough going

Well, I’m looking forward to spring! My quick trips to barn every two hours took forever in the heavy snow Sunday night.

I could hardly wait for my dad to come with his plow truck.

Normally, my narrow path that “Rox” and I follow stays rather bare for as often as we go. Not Sunday night, though.

It seemed like it took me 15 minutes just to get to the barn—never mind walking around looking for all my “close cows!”