Calf loss upsetting

Well, the weather seems to be coming around and the sun shining down sure does make people feel a lot better.
We are limited on what we can do with the depth of snow and huge snow banks, but sunny days will change this quickly, as well.
Unfortunately, the sun brought me some bad luck. One of my youngest calves was stretching out lying in the sun when was laid on by a cow and died. I was so upset.
It just so happened that Marlee was having a sleep-over. I told her that I thought I should sell the whole lot of them. She offered me $55 for all of them—at times like this, it almost seems like enough.
Honestly, I just haven’t had the best year to date and it really takes the wind out of your sail.
Being busy and tired only adds to your frustration.
Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for my last calf to arrive (it is looking like the cow must have been bred the day we pulled the bulls!)
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We successfully moved all the ewes into the barn with little trouble.
We’ve slowly learned a few things about handling sheep. A pail of grain, for instance, goes a lot further than herding them like cattle.
They will find it pretty warm in the barn since they’re still wearing their winter jackets.
I’m hoping I’ll be able to check them just using the barn camera instead of travelling around all night like I do with the cows.
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I officially opened the Emo Agricultural Research Station last Thursday. I had two jammed-pack days but it was nice that people were glad to see me back on the job there.
It’s not looking like we will be planting for a few days, but we have plenty of trials to organize and seed to be found!
So far I haven’t found too many mice. Is it possible the winter was hard on them, as well?
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A reminder the Rainy River Stewardship Committee is hosting an information night this evening (April 9) for land owners on the Pine River.
We have designated that watershed as an area where we would like to do some potential projects.
The session begins at 6 p.m. at the Millennium Hall in Stratton.
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If you are able and willing, please drop by the Stratton sales barn this Saturday (April 12) for our first work-bee of the season. We will begin at 9 a.m. and work until mid-afternoon.
We’ve decided that we wouldn’t break until we were finished since we normally eat too much and then don’t feel like working!
We promise a great snack at the end of the day.
If you have any questions, contact James Gibson (487-2731) or Susan Irvine (487-2585).
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I often hear from people near and far on how much they enjoy reading my “Moos from the Herd.”
I had a nice call from a gentleman in Manitoba after he read about my calves being sick. He offered me a suggestion on what I might do to avoid this, which I was very kind.
Thanks for reading, and I will try to keep entertaining everyone with the every-day life of farming and working in agriculture. And, of course, Maddie and Marlee.
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Happy birthday to my dad and my brother!

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