Meeting in person at 7 p.m. at Our lady of the Way School in Stratton
What is often referred to as the longest Month is already half over! And today is one month to my calving start date! I have next week reserved for barn preparation and getting all things ready for calving. Over this past weekend I decided to booster my heifers (first time moms) with the Scour Bos Vaccine. On their first year of calving, they need two doses and then just once annually going forward. This is a scours prevention vaccine. I really wasn’t looking forward or wanting to chase the entire herd in, as they are eight months pregnant, and it is a bit slippery with these milder temperatures. So, I decided to watch as they came for water. One trip out, I only found one heifer and it was Marlee’s 4-H heifer so she would be an easy catch anyway. Next trip, two others had joined her, so I popped them into the corral. I waited a bit and three more arrived so I quickly got them in as well. I was happy, because that meant there was only one left. I decided we should vaccinate those, and I would roll out a bale of hay and watch for the other one. It wasn’t long before she arrived. Some of the older cows were very suspicious of what I was up to. They were all standing on the edge of the bush wondering if they should trust me. We ran the bull over and dewormed and vaccinated him again against clostridial diseases and dewormed my horse. What a successful day. Lexi and I walked up that evening to check and see what the cows had left for hay and the first thing I see was another first calving heifer! I should have looked at my notes – I have eight, not seven. So, I did the same thing on Sunday. I waited until she arrived for water and got her all up-to-date as well. I should never go by memory; I should always check my records.
I had a busy week last week and the only reason I am telling you this is because I still have my Christmas tree up. I managed to get rid of some of my Santa type decorations and a few outdoor lights but otherwise we could still have a Christmas party here. I will finish getting things put away but for the most part it doesn’t bother me much, but it is time I clean and declutter. I am on a mission to clean my cupboards and move stuff to the basement that I don’t use too often. Like spring-form pans… I think I have used then once but ya never know when I might decide to try them out again. That is why it takes me so long to accomplish things these days – I honestly have many projects on the go!
Just a reminder that I am really hoping that we have a great turnout for the Cattlemen’s Annual Meeting this Thursday. I always enjoy when we have special guests come in that we show up and let them know that we truly care about our industry. I love it when they spread the word about the great people they meet in the North West. Our AGM is Thursday at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton. Join us!