weather was cloudy and windy today. That helped dry out the mud,
but since it didn't get cold enough to freeze last night the roads
are muddy and a mess.
Larry and Milo fed all the cows today. We went to church; then
spent a relaxing day at home.
is a cold wet morning but no real rain. Larry had a bad day trying
to feed the cows at Hillman's (the pasture 8 miles east of town).
He hit a hole and put a hole in the radiator of the pick up. It
will be out of commission for a few days. He went to see the Novartis
van. WaKeeney was its only stop in Kansas so people came from
a large area to view the new technology for farming. The van was
at Big Creek Fertilizer; they sell fertilizer, chemicals, and
seed to many farmers in our area. I worked at the hospital getting
the agenda ready for the hospital endowment board meeting that
I will miss tomorrow night. In the evening I attended the hospital
17 and 18, 1998
attended the meeting of the Wheat Quality Council in Kansas City
for two days. We arrived at noon in time for Larry to attend the
meetings that concerned Hard White Winter Wheat. Kansas State
University is releasing two new varieties of this wheat next fall.
It poses several problems because it will have to be kept separate
from the Hard Red Winter Wheat that is grown in Kansas. The mechanics
of who will handle this wheat and how the identity will be preserved
will be the topic of several meetings in the next month.
While we were gone Milo feed the cows and tagged new calves. Joe
went to Hays to get the radiator for the pick up and started putting
it back together. We arrived home Wednesday evening in time for
Larry to attend another meeting at Big Creek Fertilizer. We believe
that farmers can almost drive themselves crazy with meetings in
January and February.
spent the morning getting caught up from being gone two days.
We had a lot of mail because of the Presidents' day on Monday
and our being gone Tuesday and Wednesday. Larry spent the morning
in town at the Farm Service Office, the county assessor's office
and the bank. The calves keep coming.
lovely spring day. Larry is beginning to worry about the wheat
greening up too early. We haven't had much cold weather this winter,
just rain and mud. We will probably have another cold wintry blast
before April. If the wheat starts to grow and is then frozen it
will decrease the yield.
Larry had a well drilling company come and try to drill a water
well in our barnyard this morning. The results were not encouraging.
They did find some water but probably not enough to water the
cows and to run our house. We live outside the city limits, right
at the edge of town and have always had city water for all of
our water needs. The city council decided to raise water rates
by about 50% to people outside the city limits. This is a very
dry area of the state with little irrigation and small towns live
and die by the amount of water available to them. We even pipe
city water two miles north to provide summer water to our cows.
We will keep working on this problem.
was another beautiful spring day. Sunshine and no wind. Yesterday
another cow had twins. She paid attention to one but not both
of them so Milo brought one of them to the old chicken house we
use for baby calves. Then later in the day a cow had a calf that
was born dead. This morning I helped Larry move the cow home then
we put her in a very small pen with the new calf to try to get
her to claim it as hers. It will take several days to see if this
project is successful. We tied the cow up and she let the calf
nurse, then we put a product called NOMO on the calf to trick
the cow into licking it and thinking that it is hers. We will
see if this works.
Two heifers behind the house were trying to have calves when we
looked out our window. After an hour and no progress, Larry and
Milo moved them to the calving barn and pulled the calves. Both
are healthy but very large calves. The calving barn is now full
with three pairs.
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