While many farms are well into calving season this year, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our fist calves. We have three cows ready to calve at any time.
Calving season can quickly turn ordinary life into chaos. You will find yourself out in the barn more than you are in your house...or your bed.
Smart and organized people (I am not at all implying that we fall into this category) will have everything they need on hand and ready to go.
So how can you prepare for the impending chaos of calving?
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If your house looks anything like ours durinig calving season, you would be ashamed to have anyone over for dinner.
The contents of our vet box is strewn all across the mudroom floor. There is mud and manure all over the floor because you didn't have time to take your boots off on the 3rd rushed trip in to get something out of the vet box. The laundry room smells horrific from all the manure soaked clothes waiting to be stain treated.
Why is it that you can go out to the barn any other time of year and just get a little manure on you, but during calving season, it is impossible to come in without being completely soaked through with something smelly and gross?
I should be used to it all by now, but calving season laundry still gets to me.
And don't remind me of the stacks of mail and dirty dishes that are waiting for us because we are never in the house!
But...it is all worth it.
Calving season is the most exciting and rewarding time of the year. You have waited nine long months to see the future of your herd.
And babies are just the best!
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Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.