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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

Calving season causing some stress

Well, my cows caused me some stress earlier this week.

I noticed a cow was acting like she was going to calve around 4 p.m. on Sunday, so I went and put her in the barn (I wasn't worried as it was her third calf).

She also was the cow that wasn't feeling well last fall, so I was just pleased that she made it through whatever she had going on and was calving.

I left her for an hour, then looked on the camera and could see a water bag. All good. I decided to venture to the barn anyway because I'm still having issues with no Internet in the barn.

My first 'baby' of 2017 has arrived

As I was changing my cows to leave for the 4-H leaders' annual meeting Friday night, I glanced up at the barn camera and noticed I had a heifer calving.

My mom had arrived to pick me up but I told her to go on without me as I fully expected it to take most of the evening with this being her first one and all.

But it was only about half-an-hour later that my first baby of 2017 arrived: a cute little heifer and her momma loved her instantly. It was great!

So I'm officially started and waiting for the next one to arrive.

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.