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#1 jpackard56 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 22, 2013 - 06:25 PM

Started the day at 4 degrees F, windchill -15 and a new baby calf ! Must have been born before daylight. Dogs were carrying on around 4:30a.m. but the wind was howling and beyond Brrrr outside and we could tell from their barks it wasn't something in close to the buildings, figured it was coyotes down in the valley, so I didn't venture out until after light around 7a.m.  By 4 this afternoon ~ 14 F wind still howling found another baby calf on my rounds.

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early delivery almost dried off, cleaning up a hay bale, blonde momma with new calf tagging along

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New red momma and calf bedded down right in the remains of a hay bale from a couple days back

still wet at 5p.m. when I came in, I couldn't take anymore, a hot soak and I'm starting to feel again. How do those animals take it? Well I sure don't have to worry about flies bothering the young'ens this week.


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Posted January 22, 2013 - 06:29 PM

Thanks for the photo's, tough little calves!


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Posted January 22, 2013 - 06:30 PM

That's Cool! In both meanings of the word :D Thanks for the pictures!

We are just getting into this cold snap now.


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Posted January 22, 2013 - 06:32 PM

Good luck with the calves! That's some cold weather to get them in. Hope they make it through.


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Posted January 22, 2013 - 06:36 PM

Congratulations on the calves. Please keep the cold weather up there.  Thanks. 


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Posted January 22, 2013 - 06:38 PM

Thanks for those great pictures and congratulations on those calves.  Aren't those Scottish Highland cattle?  They have a pretty cold area in their native home.

 

They look great.


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Posted January 22, 2013 - 06:49 PM

Thanks for the pictures


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Posted January 22, 2013 - 07:48 PM

  Aren't those Scottish Highland cattle? 

 

 Same thing I was wondering. They look like Scottish Highlands. There is a farm up the road from us that raises them. Very interesting cattle.


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Posted January 22, 2013 - 08:19 PM

My cousin has a few head of Scottish Highlands. They spend pretty much all their time out in the pasture and rarely come in to the available shelter. Very hardy breed. 


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Posted January 22, 2013 - 08:35 PM

ive only seen black and white dairy cows near me. how they can be out in the bitter cold and wind is beyond me


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Posted January 22, 2013 - 08:51 PM

My neighbors have a few head of those shaggy cattle, and they don't mind cold at all.  Congrats on safe birthings.  As I understand it, those are  valuable critters!


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Posted January 23, 2013 - 12:36 AM

Been a long time since we had cattle, but they are tough little guys.

 

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Posted January 23, 2013 - 07:43 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. Yes, they are Scottish Highland cattle. We originally chose this breed because they are very hardy and can survive very well on our rolling hills here. I've always been working two jobs and really needed a self-sufficient breed. The fact that they produce  very lean cuts of beef on grass is just another plus for this breed. Just came in from morning rounds and both mommas and little ones are fine this morning. Big 0 degrees F on the gauge, wind chill -7, gotta go to the dentist this morning so I didn't search far, they were down in the first valley trying to stay out of the wind and close to some hay. Need to put some more out when I get back.


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Posted January 23, 2013 - 08:08 AM

Glad the little ones are doing okay!


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Posted January 23, 2013 - 04:09 PM

Glad to see the new ones already adjusting to the cold.

We have goats due in next 2 weeks, I figured they would all come this week since it's cold, hopefully they will do it when it's a tad bit warmer.


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