Damn, It Is Cold

International 1086 tractor sitting in snow on the drivewayWeatherman adjusts his specs
Tells us about the “polar vortex”
Hope he soon lifts this hex
Damn, it is cold

Cattle water is solidly froze
They push on it with their nose
For a new heater the rancher goes
Damn, it is cold

Cannot stay inside
Animals must be spied
Water, feed, care supplied
Especially when it is damn cold

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChapped skin, snotty nose
Out for chores everyone goes
Come back in for hot cocoa
Damn, it is cold

Chickens snuggled in new hay
Need to keep frostbite away
Cannot wait for warmer days
Damn, it is cold

Look out at the snow
The sun barely glows
But love my little abode
Even when it is damn cold


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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5 Responses to Damn, It Is Cold

  1. archecotech says:

    Hello, sounds like an everyday event here in Russia during the winter. But I enjoyed the poem. Thanks for posting.

  2. redvalley says:

    Oh, this was perfect! But we ag people will carry on as always. Love our animals, love our lives.

    Thanks, Jill.

  3. redvalley says:

    Dang it, I forgot to say “Go Broncos!” : D

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