First ‘baby’ has arrived

My first “baby” arrived over the weekend so now things have started. I have a fair number of cows very close to calving, so all you can do is keep a close eye on them.
I do find myself almost nervous at the beginning—it’s like you forget what it’s all about. I worry most about the first heifer (a first-time calver) but once that’s over, you seem to relax and let things happen.
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On my 2:30 a.m. check the other night, I found the dreaded leg in the air, which means a cow is in trouble and over on her back too far. I ran over to her, which wasn’t easy as I was wearing my “good deal” boots that my boyfriend/partner had bought for me that are at least two sizes too big.
I figured she was likely dead, but to my surprise she wasn’t. Then I had to decide what should I do first: run for the tractor or call for help.
I did both since I had remembered to pack my cellphone with me.
I called my boyfriend/partner, who was at my house but didn’t answer. I think I then went ahead and started the tractor, then ran (in my big boots) to the house.
By this time, I saw that the bedroom light was on. I opened the door, hollered that I needed help, and ran back to the tractor.
We met at the gate about the same time, and I went in and gently rolled the cow back up and she jumped up on her feet. She is doing fine, but there still is a chance her calf may have died, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
The other interesting thing is the fact she is the same cow that I rescued last spring! She is our second-oldest cow (turning 12 this spring.
In sharing this story with others, they have had similar cows. But the third time, the cows hasn’t been so lucky so she might have to leave our place this year.
You then are nervous about this happening again and I keep thinking that it doesn’t help that it is warm. The cows roll around because they are heavy in calf and full, and the snow melts underneath them and it doesn’t take much for a cow to find herself in trouble.
The advantage of it being warm was the fact the tractor started very easily, which it wouldn’t if it was 40 below.
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Maddie and Marlee played their first hockey game this past week! It was in Emo so even Great-Grandma Nanny agreed to share in the exciting night!
It was a good game, and everyone should take the time to go and watch these little beginners just learning the game. It’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!
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Murray McDonald is continuing on as president of the 4-H Leaders’ Association, joined by vice-president Jason Teeple, secretary Chantelle Bragg, and treasurer Kim Desserre (who also is the association contact).
The annual 4-H awards night is scheduled for March 2 in Stratton.
If you have any questions or are interested in joining 4-H as a member or leader, get in touch with Kim Desserre.
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The 2011 Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association president Murray McDonald was concerned about some of the press regarding our recent annual meeting.
In his presidential comments, he thanked everyone for their support—both current members and past members. By no means was he trying to exclude anyone.
As well, he was commenting about our “Rainy River Raised” brand and he gave the example that you can buy local meat at Cloverleaf in Emo. Of course, it also is available at other locations throughout our district!
And lastly, the 2012 executive will be voted on at the first regular board meeting on Feb. 15.
It is tough sometimes to convey messages, but we certainly appreciate all the support and input we receive from everyone.
The RRCA is entering its 62nd year and obviously we wouldn’t have been around this long without the people of the Rainy River District.
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If you are in west-end Emo this week, be sure to wish Laura (Zimmerman) Pogmore a happy 30th birthday!

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