Timing perfect for first calvings

I was lucky to spend Family Day with Maddie, Marlee, and cows calving!
The timing was perfect since two of Maddie’s cows calved and so did one of Marlee’s. So they got to experience a whole lot of stuff first-hand.
The day before, we had a heifer (first-time momma) calve and it seems that it came a little early. He only weighs 57 pounds so we have been busy making sure he is getting a good drink of milk.
He knows how to suck just fine, but he is so little that he doesn’t get up well on his own.
Of course, the girls were anxious to get in and help with everything—and we are so fortunate that all the cows we had in the barn were very “kid friendly” so it was easy for them to be around everything.
Thankfully, the weather has cut me so slack but even so, the barn is full and many cows are close to calving.
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The Rainy River Community Pasture Committee is now accepting applications for the upcoming grazing season.
The deadline is March 1.
If you need an application form, contact Bernice at 275-5730 or via e-mail at berniceemo@gmail.com
Last season’s customers do get preference, but there is a good chance there will be other openings so don’t hesitate to apply.
Rainy River District likely has one of the best community pastures in the province now.
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The Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association held its first regular board meeting last week, and elected Murray McDonald as president and Delton Martin as vice-president.
We have a busy year planned.
We also decided to purchase rubber mats for the top of our scale at the Stratton sales barn to keep it from being so slippery and noisy, which we plan to install prior to our April cattle sale.
Just a quick reminder that if you are a Facebook person, you can “like” our Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association page.
You also can visit our website at rainyrivercattlemensassociation.com
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I still had a little rut lamb in the barn last week, but she finally had grown up enough that I could take her into the abattoir.
I really didn’t think about hooking up the big cattle trailer for one small lamb, so I loaded my mom and her in the front of my truck and off to Emo we went.
I wouldn’t have been able to do it myself but with my mom keeping her under control, it worked very well.
We have driven with calves on the seat and, of course, Roxee spends a lot of time in there, so I didn’t think it would be a big deal.
She actually made no mess at all!
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Thanks to everyone who keeps checking in on me to see how I am feeling. I’m still not myself but I have improved.
I am waiting to see a specialist now.
Before Marlee left to go home, she said, “Auntie Kimmie, you need to see a doctor.”

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