No calves around my place yet

Another week behind us. I’m certainly hoping for a better week ahead as it seemed there were a lot of terrible tragic events that took place.
Today is my official calving due date! No calves yet, but I can promise I’ll have one tomorrow morning since I have an early appointment and usually once you get your “town clothes” on, one of the cows will decide to calve.
It’s not bad if you have the right cow in the barn, but it’s not too much fun to come home to a cold calf in the snow.
“Karma” (my right hand dog) already has had enough of the night checks and pretends not to hear me getting up to head to the barn.
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The Temple Grandin show appeared on HBO on Saturday night. Unfortunately, I was only able to see the last hour or so.
Temple is a girl with autism who had become somewhat of a “cow whisperer.” She struggled with her disability (never even talked until she was four years old) but found a way to cope and deal with it, and went on to obtain a Ph.D.
She was working in the feed-lot industry and decided to study “cow behaviour.” She re-designed handling facilities and made things much easier and natural for cattle to be processed.
She then took her ideas on to the slaughter industry because she felt cattle needed to be handled properly and with respect before they went on to be our food.
But she encountered many problems with industry folks as they didn’t want to believe or respect her and, of course, they didn’t want to change.
Temple is an amazing person and we, at one time, tried to have her come to a meeting here, but we couldn’t afford her.
I found the show hard to watch simply because some of the people that didn’t want to accept her ideas were rude and cruel to their cattle. It made me think that if I found it hard to watch, I couldn’t imagine what people were thinking who are not familiar with our industry and how cattle are treated.
We are not all like that–most of us have cattle that are treated with a great deal of respect. My mom always taught us to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and that is how I feel about my cattle.
They don’t forget, so if they have a bad experience or you are mean to them, they remember and I think they feel “what goes around, comes around!”
I am hoping I get to watch the show in its entirety at some point, but I was just pleased that someone felt the need and desire to air a wonderful person and our industry!
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It was quite a “kid” weekend. No, I didn’t have “M. & M.” out to the farm but the famous twins from Dryden were down for the weekend (the ones who appeared in the last issue of the Canadian Cattlemen’s magazine).
They spent the weekend with Grandma and Grandpa Z. Busy kids—and two the same age and size doing it all together.
As well, I got to meet my cousin Darren’s new addition, a little boy named Shane Liam.
My pregnant vet cousin was home, as well. She if just over a month away from her new addition. Whew!
That brings me to my troubles I have been having with very “frisky” heifers. I’m not sure if it’s in the air or what I have been feeding them (that good mineral that Jason is selling, maybe) but when they are in heat, they are travelling around!
Of course, the deep snow is the problem. It’s only a short jump over the fence and they are off looking for a bull, I guess.
I have never had this happen to me before. Luckily, the snow is less deep where the bulls are, so they are not jumping in with them!

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