Twin calves a surprise

I was surprised with a set of twins on Friday night.
Normally you see twins from your cows calving at the beginning of your cycle, but I was lucky to get a heifer and bull from a young cow at the end of it.
The heifer calf weighed 75 pounds and the bull 70 pounds, so that is a pretty decent weight for her to be carrying around.
But she is a good momma so she should be able to raise them just fine.
When you end up with a heifer and bull twin, a lot of the times the heifer is infertile so she not likely get to stay in the herd.
They are busy little calves–double the trouble; running around and exploring everything!
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I was a bit concerned that I might end up with a bunch of sick calves with pouring rain one day and a snowstorm the next. Fortunately, they all seemed to make it through okay.
What a mess is made in the barn yard, though! I am thankful for the cool nights now–it will help dry things up once again.
I still have a decent pack that I keep adding bedding to so the cows are still in pretty good shape. And I’m sure the best is yet to come!
Ahhh, the joys of spring time on the farm!
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Maddie and Marlee spent the first part of their March Break in Las Vegas, but then headed straight out to the country to farm for the end of it.
They really lucked out with timing since the twins were born and Marlee’s heifer (“Harlee”) calved. Harlee was calving quite slowly so we spent a lot of time watching on the camera.
Marlee would tell me that she could see a foot but never two, so I decided I better tie her up and check. Sure enough, there was only one foot coming.
I was worried with it being a heifer (i.e., a first-time calver) that it might be difficult to straighten out but I was able to.
I looked back to see the big eyes on the girls and Marlee asking, “Is it too big to come out? Will it die?” I told her that all seemed fine and we should leave her again for a bit.
We did, and in less than 10 minutes we had a new heifer calf–both mom and baby were fine!
Then the fun begins of picking out the perfect name (they settled on “Harper”). I think we have a lot of friends from school or hockey in our herd now.
The girls weren’t too anxious to head back home at the end of March Break, but they have a busy week of 3-on-3 hockey and Marlee reminded me that they would be back out for the “Easter Hunt.”
And honestly, it is a good thing she reminded me since I can’t believe we are just a few days away from Easter.
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You will be seeing a survey from the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association in the near future.
We would like to talk to our membership (and non-members) about the timing of our sales. We hope you will take the time to share your thoughts with us.
I will have copies available so get in touch with me if perhaps you don’t receive one.
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A reminder that the NOFIA is holding its advisory council meeting next Wednesday (March 30) at 12:15 p.m. at the Emo Inn.
I’m still counting on all our organizations having at least one or two reps present.
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We have set the date for our first work-bee at the Stratton sales barn for Saturday, April 9.
We have some important jobs to tackle–one is installing the new rubber mats on the floor of our scale!
As well, we have some handling facilities that we moved from our AIF building that we would like set up and usable at the sales barn.
We will aim to get going between 9 and 9:30 a.m., and look forward to seeing everyone there.
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It sounds like we will be packing up at least one of our bunnies and heading to the Easter farmers’ market this Saturday (March 26)–hope we will see you there.
Happy Easter, everyone!

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