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Kim Jo Bliss - Moo's From The Herd

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!”

Calving season has begun

I’ve officially started calving!

My first baby arrived early Sunday morning, with my only complaint being that it was a slow birth.

I had seen the water bag at 1:30 a.m., which normally means a calf should be coming soon. And since my barn camera is not working, I made trips back to the barn about every half-hour.

Finally, at 4:45 a.m., the cow gave three or four pushes and out came a nice little heifer!

This was the cow that I had rescued on her back a couple of weeks ago and it is her second calf, so calving this early is great.

Always something to worry about

It certainly is a welcome relief to have some milder temperatures returning to our district, though it does still sound like we could have a couple of cold nights later in the week.

It seems Mother Nature has to throw us a few cool ones so that we stay on our toes.

I moved my cows home and I likely should see a few calves beginning next week. It’s nice to see them all at home now but since I tend to worry about things, I’m concerned about the heavy pregnant cows resting in the deeper snow in the yard, it melting, and then them unable to get up.

Last Thursday was my bad day

Winter certainly is showing its true colours this week!

Ugh, I don’t know if I am enjoying it too much. Everything is so cold and stiff.

However, I honestly can say it doesn’t surprise me since it is a very well-known fact that the week the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association holds its annual meeting is usually the coldest of the entire winter.

Lo and behold, our meeting is Thursday night of this week!

Lots of slush means poor ice conditions

Last week’s rain certainly knocked the snow down in a hurry and I was shocked at how much water was lying under the snow.

The cows were happy because they didn’t have to make the long walk home to get a drink.

On the trapline, though, the rain deepened the slush, which means my travelling across the ice will be out for a while (I don’t enjoy slush at all).

To me, it seems like there is nothing solid below.

Trapping has been very slow, as well. But we have heard they are having a remarkable year further north near Red Lake and surrounding areas.

No rush to take down Christmas decorations

Well, Happy New Year to everyone! I’m so happy that we already can see a difference in our daylight hours!

Monday was Ukrainian Christmas and I still have all my decorations and tree up mainly for my Grandma Bliss. Personally, I’m never in a hurry to take my tree down and it hasn’t even been shedding needles all that bad.

It probably is happy to have access to more water inside than it did all summer outside.

I likely will tackle some of my Christmas decorations and outside lights this week, but I’m going to enjoy them as long as I can.