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Udder Check Season

15 Feb

It’s about a month until we have spring break babies.

Gidget (and Ava in back)

I’m getting anxious to know who actually settled or if I missed someone coming back into heat.

Cinnamon

Since they are this close, I can start to feel udders to see if they are starting to make milk.

Hilda

It’s not an exact science as to when they will start developing, especially with the cold we’ve had.

Clover

They tend not to drop until just before they kid when it’s really cold.

Wanda

I know some are making udders, but others will just have to keep me guessing for a little while yet.

Cutie, Sallie (retired) and Annie

I hope we warm up by the time we start kidding.

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Feeling the Heat

14 Feb

You might remember that Stormy was not feeling well because of worms and was completely anemic, so she was put in with Aurora for a couple of weeks.

Stormy

I kicked her out because she’s kind of pushy and didn’t want to share food very well.  She’s got really pink eyes now and looks good.

The other day she was in love with Casey.

Stormy and Casey

If I weren’t adamant that I’m not kidding in July, I’d say I could have thrown her in with a buck.  Instead I’ll just let her retire.

The Second Half of Winter

11 Feb

We made it through the first half of a rough winter.  It was mostly bitter cold, and that trend of below average temperatures is continuing.

Now we’ve also added some snow.  We’ve had several rounds of snow in the last week.

It’s beautiful.

Nobody wants to go out to pasture.  They are more into standing around

or hanging out in the barn.

Margarita and Buster

Maggie, Margarita, and Maybeline

It certainly isn’t helping with my need to go through less hay though.

It also makes it more challenging to do chores.

Moose, Reva and Mary (behind)

I actually had to dig out my snow shovel.

Sky was very helpful with that.

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