came up late yesterday afternoon and the snow increased so we woke
up to a raging blizzard. Larry and I went out early to see if we needed
to rescue any new calves. We did find a couple that needed to be warmed.
One we took to the garage and warmed. It is doing fine. The other
was several days old so Larry put him in a barn, but I think he had
been stepped on and injured. He did not survive. When a storm hits,
the cows all crowd next to the windbreak and often a calf gets down
and can't get up. Another very new calf died yesterday in the snow--just
too cold. We hope that is all the calves we lose to this storm. We
still haven't been able to see all the cows and calves. The roads
going east were closed all day. Larry took a big tractor with a blade
on it and to open the roads but the wind blew snow in his tracks about
as fast as he made them. We did have sunshine this afternoon but the
wind is still blowing. We hope everything can begin to get back to
a snowstorm we had Saturday and Sunday. Today we finally could get
everywhere to check and feed cattle. The storm resulted in three calves
dying and one bull. The calves we can understand but the bull is a
little surprising. He just didn't get in a sheltered place--and shelter
was available to him. This has been a very cold blizzard.
still bitterly cold. Larry and Milo fed cattle all day. I worked on
books then in the afternoon I drove to Topeka to attend a meeting
of the Kansas Hospital Association. I am a new board member so went
early to attend an orientation at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. I left about
4 p.m.--and the temperature was at about 24 degrees.
another cold night. O to 5 degrees was predicted for the low temperature.
I spent the day at the KHA meeting in Topeka. The meeting was over
at 2:30 and everyone was anxious to head home because of the cold
weather. Topeka received another 2 inches of snow last night. Larry
spent the morning feeding and checking for new calves. In the afternoon
he went to Ness City for parts for the planter. He has Joe rebuilding
the planter so we will be ready to plant corn in April.
still in our cold weather pattern. Larry left early to be in Salina
by 8:30 to attend a meeting with KCIA concerning white wheat. The
world market seems to be very interested in white wheat for its milling
quality and its noodle making quality. He arrived home around 4 p.m.
and spent the rest of the day working in the office.
a beautiful day. The temperature reached in the low 60's. That is
quite a change from the past few days. I feel like all I have written
about this week is the weather--but it has a very strong impact on
our lives--especially when we are having calves. Lots of snow melted
today. Larry spent all morning feeding and taking care of the cattle
east of town. He has a calf he is bottle-feeding. It came backwards
and hasn't been able to stand. Yesterday Milo but splints on its back
legs so it could stand. It is doing better but still can't suck enough
to nurse the cow.
snow in the drifts is starting to melt and in the process is so heavy
that it pulled the wires in the fences to the ground and breaks them.
Larry started to fix fences today.
finally got the calf to suck a bottle today. Maybe there is hope for
We had an interesting afternoon. A group of promotion
people from Hyundai accepted a challenge from David
Letterman to have fun driving a Hyundai from Missoula
Montana to Manhattan New York. They picked WaKeeney,
the Christmas City of the High Plains, as a place to
stop and have lunch. Santa in a sleigh greeted them,
a local group sang Christmas Carols, and everyone enjoyed
a good time for about 45-minutes. Then they came to
our house to eat lunch. I used my Christmas china and
my friends made them a German meal for their lunch.
They had a good time and appreciated a good home cooked
meal. We hope they left with good feelings for WaKeeney
and if we are lucky we will get mentioned on the Letterman
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