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Someone asked me today why I get so excited about the babies being born on our farm when we have experienced it so many times before...

I have to admit I was dumbfounded.

Me: Huh? What do you mean? Do you get excited when humans that you know give birth?

Adult: Well, sure, but those are people. You are freaking out about animals.

Me: Well, have a seat, let me explain... 🙂

New baby that we are calling Twister

Spring on the farm means new life, new beginnings, new challenges, and a new chapter. As I have said, it's not always sunshine and roses but it's why most farmers and ranchers do what they do! We love to see a new baby calf hit the ground and then hop up within minutes looking for it's momma for a drink. Why? Because it means that we chose the right bull for that heifer or cow, that we kept that heifer or cow healthy during pregnancy, and that we (with our planning and care) helped bring a new life into the world.

It ALWAYS stays exciting, with each nearing day of piglets being born, with each day on the calendar being checked off as a due date approaches, it is ALWAYS exciting. With it, we teach our children (and social media following) about the life cycle and where their food comes from. We teach our children responsibility, about reproduction and giving the animals the proper care that they need after giving birth.

On our farm spring isn't all about livestock giving birth, the greening of the alfalfa and it's growth mean that we cared for our product and it has come back another year to provide our cows with nutrition and income for our family. Spring means that corn and soybeans can go in the ground, which will, in turn, provide nutrition for our animals.

Farmers and ranchers care deeply about their livestock and crops and want only the best for them and the consumers that will benefit from the product that is raised.

These are just a few of the reasons why I will never tire of spring on the farm and never tire of telling people about it!

What do you love about spring where you live?

From the Gravel Road-

Jen

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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