I am hoping that the nasty wind that appeared March 1 counts as “March coming in like a lion” and things are only going to be better from here. I can’t really complain though because really the weather has been pretty decent. Calving has been steady, and I have appreciated my cows not all calving at one time! Number 26 arrived a few minutes ago so we are getting there. I guess if I could have one complaint it would be that a few of my older cows have been taking their own sweet time to calve. It always seems to be when you just wish you were in bed. I had a cow last night starting to calve at 10:00 p.m. and she didn’t push it out until 1:15 a.m. Then this morning a cow was starting to calve around 8:00 a.m. and the calf was here by 9:15 a.m. You can count on them coming fast if they are outside though. We haven’t had any more lamb surprises, thankfully and we should be past the option of this happening now. The little one that did arrive has doubled in size and is doing very well.
Now that March has arrived, I must start thinking about leaving my full-time farm job and heading back to the Research Station. I am booked to return on March 16 but depending on cows, snow and a few other technical details, I may need to work from home that week. I am lucky to have understanding superiors.
Maddie and Marlee were able to get out for the first time since we started calving on Friday night for inspection of everyone. They were excited to see all their calves and of course our little surprise lamb. It is nice to see how much they enjoy the animals and how much their cattle enjoyed them. They were in the pens brushing their cows and giving them some much appreciated love. I am thankful that we have such great cows that allow them to do this.
This Friday is the Annual 4-H Awards Night, where 4-Hers are recognized for their work throughout 2019. It is always a great night to see the kids and appreciate the skills they are building through this program. We are happy to have some of our supporters join us for a great meal and awards program.
Mark on your calendar – April 4 for the Spring Ag Day. It is sounding like the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture have been planning a great day of speakers as well as a trade show with more and more vendors. Hats off to the committee working hard to put together a day for all of us to come together to learn and share.
The first cattle sale of the year is booked for April 25 if you are wondering. I know many are tight on feed so knowing a date might be helpful. If you have animals, it is appreciated if you let James know. His cell number is 807-271-2005.