Coyotes are too close for comfort

I’m sure most of us still are dragging our butts a bit after the change to Daylight Savings Time on Sunday. I know I really didn’t want to give up an hour of sleep when I’m not getting a whole lot as it is.
Fortunately, I only have three cows left to calve so I easily can watch them on the barn cameras. But with this weather (deep, wet snow, then wind, and rather frosty conditions on Monday morning), I feel better checking on the calves in person.
That and the fact I had a deer that was hanging around in the yard. No doubt there likely was something wrong with her but the coyotes came and killed her right next to my well house (you can see it from the house).
Needless to say, this gave me a bit of a worry with young calves around. I’m telling myself it was because the deer was unwell but I still find that it was just a little too bold.
I do think most of my cows would not be afraid to take on a coyote but it only would take seconds to snatch a young calf, as well.
We really didn’t need that dump of snow on the weekend, either. The cows finally were getting a nice, comfortable pack.
I will work at starting that process over again and hope we don’t see the snow that they are predicting for later this week.
I’m happy that all my calves are using the calf shelters when the weather is so miserable. But I really hope the weather straightens out for those who just are getting to set to calve and do so without a lot of shelter.
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A “Profitable Pastures” meeting is slated for Tuesday, March 19. I am able to join in with a webinar and if you are interested, please let me know A.S.A.P.
I was hoping to set it up at the Emo Agricultural Research Station but with the amount of snow we have, we may be joining in from my house.
If you would like to see the agenda, get in touch with me and I will send it your way.
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The abattoir in Emo is planning a workbee for Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 a.m. Through the audit process, there have been a number of things pointed out that need to be fixed up or changed.
The board decided that if we all got together to tackle these jobs, it would make a big job a lot smaller. So if you can, please come out and give us a hand (lunch will be provided)!
If you would like me to send you the list of what we need to tackle, I would be happy to do that, as well.
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Spring Fever Days in Emo is quickly approaching! On April 12-13, we are planning a celebration at Rainy River Meats to welcome the fact that the abattoir has taken over the processing end of things at the local food store.
Stay tuned and please be sure to join us!
Rainy River Meats also has a great Facebook page if you would like to stay in touch and see what is fresh at the store.
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I would like to wish a happy March Break to everyone! Let’s hope the weather allows everyone to get out and enjoy some fresh air–and I don’t mean shovelling snow, either.