This is our son, Alan, with our yearling bulls just a couple of days ago. Today we are down to about 6 inches of snow (some places are even bare ground)! However, with that melting snow comes MUD! The mud is just as hard to walk in as the snow and you might even loose your boot, if you are not careful. The calves and cows are getting more active as the temperature warms.
We can always tell when a front is coming through the area. The cattle are far less cooperative when the weather is changing. Some of you may notice this with your children as well. I have always said that if the animals are acting up of a morning during feeding, that the students will be the same way. About 90% of the time this holds true. Don't believe me? Ask a teacher. The moisture that the snow has left us is a Blessing from God. Technically we are still in a drought, but it is improvement. The snow also puts much needed nitrogen back into the soil which the grass and crops need in order to grow.
There are times when doing chores in the snow and/or mud, that we are all arguing before we are done. This is because we have all had to exert more energy to get things done. After a couple of weeks of this, all of us get a little tired and cranky. It is tough sometimes to remember that we are all in the same boat together and get further if we work together. This is one time when nerves are raw and tempers are a little short.
Until next time, remember.......Beef, It's What's for Dinner!