I am hoping that everyone enjoyed their “Family Day!” I know some wee busy working, as it isn’t a holiday for everyone. The weather was decent so at least everyone might be able to get outside and enjoy some fresh air!
I have started to calve! I was right, I did get my first one during the cold weather last week, but all is fine. I have many close, but everyone is telling me that calving has been quite slow this year. There isn’t much a person can do about that except wait until the time arrives. I just hope that I pick the right ones to bring into the barn and I have been bringing in the next closest ones to my shed and locking them up for the night. It isn’t so bad when the weather cooperates but when it is good, I worry about them being born outside. I have been checking every 2 to 2.5 hours but truthfully if they decided to calve right after I left – they would be darn cold by my next check. This makes spring calving sound much better, but we then have mud and rain. Changing your calving time involves so much more that just the calving time, it changes your operations as well. I like to castrate, tag and weigh my calves. I might not be doing all of that if they are born on grass. I like to have my cattle vaccinated before they leave to pasture. I won’t be doing that. It would mean bringing them all in again. This happens all the time with a lot of bigger herds than mine. There are many pros, but I can still see the cons. I think I am just getting older and tire more quickly!
The Rainy River Regional Abattoir Board is changing their fee schedule as of March 1. If you would like me to email you the Fee List, just let me know. You will also be able to find it on the Rainy River District Regional Abattoir Facebook page. As always, you can get in touch with Dale.
On March 10, 2020 the Ontario Forage Council is hosting Profitable Pastures. You can view the agenda here: If you are interested in joining in via webinar, please let me know ASAP and I will see what I can do!
My friend June is celebrating her 91st Birthday this week! I would like to wish her a very Happy Birthday. She is one of the dearest souls I have ever met. I was able to meet June by joining the Riverside Foundation and she is one of the best things I have gained from joining the board. It proves to me that being involved in your community and stepping out of your regular duties really adds value to your life!
If you haven’t registered with Ang Haw for the upcoming 4-H Banquet on March 6, you are late! Better get on the phone and talk nice to her!