Nasty ‘flu bug has hit me hard

There hasn’t been many columns that I haven’t started off with my view on the weather. And once again, this weather is terrible.
I planned to move my cattle into the calving yard but it is a giant swimming hole right now.
I don’t believe this weather is healthy for any of us. As I’m writing this, it is Day 2 for me of bed/bathroom time. I have been hit with a nasty ‘flu bug and though my trips to the bathroom are fewer, if I stand too long, I am so dizzy that I feel uneasy.
I most likely cannot blame the weather on this ‘flu but I am quite certain that minus-10 or minus-15 degrees C is much more suitable for this time of the year.

I had to get help to get the calf out of my cow with hydrops. Unfortunately, the little heifer calf was dead.
I wasn’t surprised but you always hope that just maybe there would be a chance.
Fortunately, the cow is coming along. Because of all the water that accumulates in her uterus, it actually causes her rumen (one of the stomachs) to shrink and it will take some time for that to return.
I would like to see her eating more hay but I have to be patient.
I have been checking her temperature multiple times in a day to be sure she doesn’t have something else going on. She has been a nice patient and seems to be enjoying her time in the barn.

The Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association hosted its annual general meeting last Thursday night and though we had a smaller attendance, it was a good night.
We were updated by most of our commodity groups, we filled out the board, and Jason Reid of Thunder Bay, who sits on the Beef Farmers of Ontario board, gave us an excellent update on the BFO happenings.
Meanwhile, Barry Potter from OMAFRA shared with us some tips for being prepared for calving season.

The Rainy River District 4-H Leaders’ Association is hosting its annual meeting on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Emo Inn.
Then the annual 4-H awards night will be held on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Millennium Hall in Stratton.
You will need to register for both events to confirm attendance.

I am supposed to be caring for a Border collie pup for the next two weeks while her owners are away. But when I fell ill earlier this week, I didn’t know how I was going to do it.
So my boyfriend/partner was texting to let them know they would need to find a helper until I at least could be on my feet enough to take care of her.

Of course, I also had a bunch of work that was due Monday but I couldn’t stay upright long enough to get much done, so I’m hoping everyone will understand.
My own big black dog is taking good care of me and she’s not complaining about cuddling in bed at all!

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