Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Calvies galore! and more to come...

Most of the first-calf heifers have had their babies with a dozen more left to calve.  Then we begin calving the mature cows.  We brought them home so they are in nearby pastures so we can check them easily and keep tabs on them.

I am so thrilled that we've had some early, spring rain this week!  Yesterday morning we awoke to rain coming down.  I captured .3" of rain in my cute, garden rain gauge.  The utilitarian rain gauge is cracked.  This morning we had more wetness to report and tallied up another .25" of rain.  Every little bit adds up here on the prairie.  What I love about this good land we live on is that it takes very little moisture to produce the native grasses that grow here.  Our annual average rainfall is about 11-12" per year.  Not much, is it?  But it is enough.  I'm hopeful that the rain keeps falling and the sun keeps shining.  Actually, it's perfect when it rains at night and the sun shines in the day!  I'm all for that!  Have a happy day!

The friendly cow, all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might,
To eat with apple-tart.

~Robert Louis Stevenson


  1. Yay for prairie rains and cows! That's a sweet little verse by R.L.S.❤️

  2. I like the rain at night sunshine during the day scenario! Cute little calvies!

  3. They are adorable. I do miss watching them buck around in the fresh air.

  4. Oh I love calving season. Have you had any problems with your heifers delivering? We operate on a MUCH smaller scale than you so we only had 4 heifers this year. Three of them have calved with no problems and one to go. There is something so very precious about the little calves and their happy Momma's.

    I love the Herefords. That is what my parents mostly raised on the ranch in New Mexico, but then we moved here to Tennessee and no one has Herefords. It is all black Angus cross. I do miss those beautiful red and white cows. They are so beautiful. Your herd looks healthy and gorgeous! Happy Spring! - Dori -

  5. What a beautiful little poem -- it goes perfectly with that gorgeous little calf with the pink, pink nose. So very sweet Jody!

  6. I love R.L. Stevenson and a very great poem to go with your lovely cows. Nothing prettier than a red and white baby.
    You get a bit more rain than we do, I think our normal average is about 6 inches. It is amazing what God can do with that little bit of moisture.
    Have a lovely day, I love your big, wide blue skies.

  7. What an adorable Stevenson poem :) Your calf's pretty, fluffy white face with pink nose is precious. Hooray for rain! I also LOVE rain at night. I love waking to hear it comfortingly tapping in the darkness, and then drifting to sleep again.

  8. Congrats on all the babies! Hope you have just the right amount of rain! :)

  9. Oh, they are so sweet! And the Stevenson poem isn't bad either :-)


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