Random Updates: Winter Storm, Babies In the Basement

I have written in the past about getting ready for a storm and the disappointment when our drought weather pattern resulted in absolutely nothing. I guess I should have been more patient – winter storms are for April, right? What a contrast compared to last year at this time!

Sleet, snow, freezing rain, thunder, lightning….really, this video was taken on April 9 in Nebraska!

This is what I get for being smug about calving in April rather than times of the year when the weather is “bad”…. This baby had to come in and warm up on the heated floor in the basement. Looks like we will be washing hubby’s overalls when calf goes back out to Momma (crossing fingers that Momma takes him back!)

Little calf is not the only baby in the basement. So far these two little cheeps are “Mine” and “Not Yours” and have been claimed by my older two children. Child #3 is anxiously checking the incubator window each day in hopes that he gets a fuzzy little chick soon too.


About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at http://aldersonangus.wordpress.com.
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