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My chore helper didn't want to pose for a picture.

I have had a few people reach out and ask how our livestock handled the blizzard conditions the last few days, so thought I would give you an update. We truly prepared the same way we would have for the Polar Vortex. Dry bedding, lots of water, and plenty of feed/hay for them to eat to stay nourished.

They didn't really want to go out and play in the snow.

Livestock are smart and they will do what they need to do when they know a storm is coming, watch cattle in the summer when a big rain or thunderstorm is predicted for that night. They will move to higher ground (most of the time) to keep themselves and their calves safe from flood waters. In this case of these current high winds, they are so smart that they will position their babies on the side of them where they will be the warmest and out of the wind that may be blowing through the cracks of the barn.

Charlotte and her husband, Walter, are safe and snuggled in the straw that blankets their pen in the barn. I did give the wonder pig a little extra feed this morning to spoil her a little extra. 🙂

Charlotte's litter of babies that were born right after Christmas are in a new building where they have plenty of straw to dig down in to stay warm and the building keeps the wind from them.

This piglet did not feel like coming out to play. 🙂

Charlotte's first litter of babies (born in August) are now all at the Elma locker. While it is a little hard to seem them go, it is very rewarding to know that our hard work and the gift Charlotte gave us with her piglets are going to go on to nourish another family. This time we decided to have some of the pork made into bundles (pork chops, sausage, etc.) and inspected to sell. We also sold some 1/2 hogs out of this batch. If you want to purchase some, shoot me an email and we will hook you up!

Were you impacted by the blizzard? If you have animals at home, what do you do to prepare and keep them safe?

From the "blown in, impassable" Gravel Road-

Jen

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Hello, I'm Jennifer's daughter, Grace. I'm gonna tell you some things about living the farm.

It's not easy growing up on the farm. You do get to see some pretty cool things, like cows giving birth, watching corn and beans grow, and watching hay get bailed. It is really hard to let the cows go but, then you know that you are feeding a family. But there is no way to change that. I'm really happy to have a family and the chance to see these things and live on a farm.

From the gravel road-

Grace

What are your favorite baby animals or memories from growing up on a farm? If you don't live on a farm, what else could we teach you about farming? Comment below to tell us.

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