Sure Signs of Spring?

Mother Nature hasn’t made up her mind here at the ranch. Winter, spring, winter, spring? Just when it seems like winter is finally loosening its grip, another icy blast moves into the area.

The past two days have brought encouraging signs. The first was a large flock of geese migrating over our house.

The second? A calf in a hurry. This little guy surprised us by showing up three weeks early. He wasted no time exploring the entire premises with a concerned Mom following his every move.

I am now anxiously awaiting for the emergence of the daffodil buds and getting anxious to plant something…well hello spinach seed packet, how did you get into my hand?

So far, no snow in the ten-day forecast. Fingers crossed.

What are your springtime signs?

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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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