This first day of spring came with a lovely snow storm last week. My husband and his dad had to make a trip to Wolf Point (about a 120 miles round trip from our farm) to do some paperwork, meet with our accountant, and...look at a new rifle. Boys...
But they also stopped by the greenhouse in Wolf Point and picked up some tulips and hyacinths (my favorite flowers)! It definitely helped brighten my day with the dreary snowstorm going on outside! I potted them in this cool old pot that used to be the 'random bolt holder' in the shop. And of course...it's turquoise. I also added some cool ceramic eggs to give my house a lil' Easter decor.
Then on Saturday, the whole fam damily (including Annie the corgi) braved the bad roads as a result of the snow storm and made our way back to Wolf Point. My mother-in-law and I had our Bountiful Baskets to pick up and Dylan decided he wanted to buy the rifle that he looked at earlier in the week. Here's what the roads were like most of the way to and fro...not ideal...but not horrible. :)
And here's what the wheels of one our pickups looked like after a trip into Lambert last Monday.
Our cows just started calving this past week and it's always fun to capture moments of the new little calves and the momma cows. I'm very thankful to have my iPhone along with me during these times to capture these moments, because well...quite frankly things can get a lil' western in a hurry! It's much easier to run from an overprotective momma cow with an iPhone than a big fancy camera! That and...well there is a lot of icky, gooey, and smelly stuff during calving!
These are just some of the images from around our farm this last week. We still have quite a bit of snow, but it has gradually been getting a little bit warmer during the day and has now began melting off.
|Annie drift busting.|
|Traffic jam on the farm at feeding time.|
The photo below was taken about three weeks ago. This momma and baby jumped the gun on 'calving season' and this baby arrived extra early! She was healthy and alive, but a tiny calf! This lil' calf needed some help nursing on her momma, so we had to do a lil' coaching! But after a few days of help, this baby calf got the hang of it and no longer needed us!
|My father-in-law, Tim, helping the new baby calf learn how to nurse.|
|Dylan checking on a momma cow and new born calf to make sure everyone is healthy.|
After the cows have had their calves in the pasture we go out to them to make sure that the baby is breathing and healthy. We usually wait until the momma cow has cleaned off her baby and had a chance to get acquainted before we start moving the pair to the barn. We move the new pairs to the barn so we can get them out of the weather (the wind is always blowing here) and away from the rest of the herd. This gives the cow and calf time to recoup from everything that has been happening.
On our first day of calving (minus our early arrival) we had a busy morning! We had 3 calves born within an hour or so! Our maternity pens in the barn were getting full with new mommas and babies!
|Three new mommas and their babies tucked away in the warm barn.|
We've had heavy fog the last two mornings (Remember what I said comes 90 days after fog?) so it has made for some neat pictures!
|Replacement heifer waiting for her feed.|
|Dylan and a momma cow walking in a newborn calf born at dawn.|
|Whitney (that's me!) and baby Hereford.|