Last Thursday it began to snow. And snow it did. All night, and into the next day until about 2pm or so. It dumped about a foot on us! And it’s April, people! APRIL! South Dakota is notorious for April snow showers, so really it shouldn’t be a surprise. It does make, however, calving cows a tad trickier than normal. Saturday morning, I caught a ride with the cowboy’s brother, Bud, as he headed out to check on the cows and bring in a mama cow who’s calf was in the house staying warm. She’d had him during the storm and he wasn’t doing good, so Friday afternoon’s job was to get him warmed up and back on the track to health. He did do well for two days, and then he died. It’s sad, but it happens.
The following is your photographic tour of our trip to check cows. Enjoy!
See those “H” braces up there?
Between them is a gap gate that will lead us to the pasture where the cows are currently camping.
Hi there, mama!
Calves are everywhere!
Babies run and play!
And cows are calving:
This cow was just in the middle of having her calf when we came on her.
I know, we’ll leave you alone.
After we get one or two more photos!
We came back by her about 5 minutes later and she’d set about drying off her little one, and it was already trying to stand up.
And for those of you wondering- this calf is alive and well, despite the snow and rather cool day. They’re tougher than nails a lot of these calves!
We ran across a prairie chicken hen (at least that is what I believe her to be).
And this cutie:
And this one too!
And then we attempted to bring this crazed cow home to her calf:
#419- you will go to the sale barn as soon as we are able to get to town. Have I mentioned the mud? And the snow?
I’m sure you’re wondering why she’s going to the sale barn, right?
Here’s the reasons.
1. Her calf died and we can use the grass for a cow that has a calf.
2. If her calf hadn’t died, it wouldn’t have mattered, because she put her head up and a). ran through a fence, b). refused to search out an open gate and c). she sulled up and was otherwise was uncooperative.
3. We have gentler cows than her, that could have nursed her calf (because they’ve lost their own calves) and there’s no good reason to keep one that will just put her head up and run off when there’s others that are perfectly nice to be around.
And that, my friends, is a day in my life!