Here on our dairy farm we have new baby calves all year long. If you’ve been following along with my blog for awhile you probably remember I post pictures of the calves in all seasons.
If not, let me show you…
And sometimes coats in fall too!
Whether it’s frosty winter mornings or hot summer afternoons, feeding and caring for calves and cows is a 365-day-a-year undertaking.
But, just because we have calves all year doesn’t mean they are exactly evenly distributed.
Many factors can effect when and how many cows are pregnant and due to calve. Extremely hot and humid weather, like we had last July and early August, meant not many cows conceived in that time frame.
So… more cows than normal became pregnant in late summer and early fall. 9 months ago from right now. You know what that means?
Likely lots of new babies this Memorial Day weekend and about 80 due in June!
It can sometimes be overwhelming (and exhausting) when we have many more babies than normal to care for. Of course we have been busy getting extra things ready the last few weeks to prepare. I’m happy to say I think we’ve got plenty of empty and freshly washed hutches to make it through the holiday weekend.
Besides, when you see little faces like this it’s all worth it.
These little ladies did have to share a hutch briefly last week while we were washing and moving more into the row. They didn’t seem to mind.
Hutches help keep each calf warm and dry, and the wire yard allows for outside access. We find it’s best to keep them in individual houses like this for the first few months so they don’t suck on each other or compete for feed.
If a calf does come down with an illness it’s also easier to keep the other calves from getting sick too.
I’m sure some of you have heard me talk about hutches before, but newer readers maybe have not. If you have any questions just ask.
In the midst of calves and farming I still hope to lace up my running shoes this weekend. I’m actually thinking of running a local 5K race tomorrow. Not that I’m in the best of racing shape, but I think this would be a good time to test my fitness.
We’ll see what the weather does. If it’s too nice I’ll probably stay home and work on our garden and then farm stuff. If the predicted rain comes, then I’ll race.
I would be nice to run tomorrow just to test things out. Then I’ll gear my training toward a 5K PR in the next few months.
I’m still thinking about that fall marathon too, but I haven’t decided yet. Once I do you’ll all be the first to know. I promise.
What are your plans this Memorial Day weekend?