men did accomplish the heifer-moving project yesterday.
They are now behind our house. We can watch them out our
windows and if we need a closer look we use binoculars to
check them. We also have a strong light that we use at night.
When we think the heifers are close we will try to check
them every 3 or 4 hours day and night.
We are doing this diary because we are wheat farmers. We
have about 2400 acres of wheat planted; 850 acres of milo,
220 acres of corn, 75.6 acres of alfalfa and 2300 acres
that are fallow this year. The fallow acres do not have
anything planted on them. They are kept weed free for a
year to accumulate moisture for planting the following year.
This practice was started in the 1940's in Western Kansas
because our rainfall is usually 20 to 22 inches per year.
This past year we had 30 inches, a 50% increase, Larry is
having a hard time adjusting to the mud and deep moisture
in the soil. If mother nature cooperates, we should have
good crops in 1998. We just have to wait and see.
The weather today was cold and icy. We are thankful that
we didn't receive the ice that some parts of Kansas did.
We did attend church then Larry moved bales all afternoon.
He needed to do this while the ground was frozen so he wouldn't
tear up the fields with the pickup. We use two pickups with
flatbeds and arms on them that move bales and equipment
we drove to Colorado Springs to pick up our daughter, Krista,
and her two girls, Emma and Chloe. They will stay with us
most of the month of January. We are very excited to have
them spend a month with us. We arrived at the airport after
a four-hour drive only to learn that their plane was one
hour late. After we picked them up, we ate and drove home.
A patch of fog from Kit Carson, Colorado to Sharon Springs,
Kansas, slowed the drive home. We were all tired after the
day of travel.
granddaughters were excited--we had a little snow last night.
They really wanted to see snow. They don't see that in San
Antonio, Texas. But they do remember last winter when they
lived in Rochester, Minnesota. They saw lots of snow. This
was also my birthday so they had fun baking me a cake and
were very excited to open all presents I received. We don't
have any baby calves yet. Emma thinks they should be here
and she really wants to bottle-feed one. We will see if
the heifers cooperate and start having calves soon.
was a beautiful day. It was about 40 degrees so we could
be outside this afternoon. Larry has spent the last two
days working on our Church yearend books. He is treasurer
so he has to keep all the accounts, then present a financial
statement for the year. As with most small churches we are
always struggling to make ends meet. We have an older congregation
and have lost several older members the past year.
first heifer had her calf this morning. It was born in the
It was a warm beautiful day. We walked out to the see the
calf with Emma and Chloe. We didn't get very close, as the
mother was very protective. It looks very healthy. We hope
the rest of the calves come when the weather is as nice.
It is always amazing to see a new calf; they are licked
by their mothers and get up usually in 20 minutes. They
are not too steady but soon find mom and start nursing.
They need to nurse within 4 to 6 hours to get the colestrum
milk that the mother produces. They won't survive without
that milk. If they don't get it they will usually die within
the first 6 weeks of life.
new calf this morning. This one came on a very cold morning.
It is about 20 degrees and windy this morning. The mother
did move into a grove of trees to have it so it is not as
cold as it could be. The calf looks healthy and the mother
is doing a good job of licking it off. That step is very
important, especially on a cold morning. The rough tongue
dries the calf in about an hour. The sooner that happens
the better for the calf, especially when it is so cold.
Emma, and Chloe are going to Osborne, KS for the weekend
to visit another set of grandparents. They are excited to
visit them and their cats. We don't have inside pets on
our farm so the cats in the house are a treat for the girls.
They will return to our house on Sunday.
January 10, 1998
very cold day and of course we had another new calf. It
was fine. Last night we used the calving barn. The new mother
seemed to be having trouble getting the calf here and it
was very cold so Milo brought her in and pulled the calf.
Both mother and calf are doing fine. Many times a heifer
(a cow having her first calf) will have a problem and need
help getting the calf here. Larry took tickets for the JV
wrestling tournament at the high school in the afternoon.
I made Emma and Chloe warm bathrobes for their visit. Was
able to finish both of them today.
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