Heifer calving has begun, right along with the cold wintery weather. So it's time to do whatever it takes to keep these babies alive.
The big equipment was brought out to clear paths, break up snow, create wind breaks and bring in warm bedding.
Last night the wind blew and temperatures dropped to almost zero. Tonight it is predicted to drop well below zero. So it's all hands on deck to prepare as much as possible.
It's a pretty rough start on these babies when they are dropped in the snow and cold. We do all we can to help them out.
There is the truck transport. Of course a load of dogs to assist.
If the calves get too cold, they are transported to this calf heater, or a tub with a heat lamp and when that fills up, they are brought to my house and lined up in front of the wood stove. I haven't had them in the house yet this year, but I'm sure it will happen.
The snow we had drifted, not like the snow that is seen in other parts of the country, but still plenty to freeze a calf.
We not only are taking care of the heifers, but we have other cattle to tend to as well. This herd should be out on the desert range by now, but there is too much snow. They are still in the fields and are being supplemented with protein block.
I'm sure there will be plenty more calving pictures in the weeks ahead. Wish us luck.