Friday, January 23, 2015

Grass is greener

I've noticed the cattle like to drink water from the other side of the fence.  Often the cows will drink from the calves side of the fence and the calves will drink from the cow's side of the fence.  Not at the same time of course.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cool frosty morning

We have been fortunate that Valley inversions have not set in like predicted.  Therefore we see more sun and have cooler and frosty mornings.

As you can see below the colder temps brought an end to melting.  The water turned to ice.  Slippery!   I tried to buy more cat litter yesterday for Daisy.  Walmart was out.  Really?!   It wasn't until Donna mentioned that people are using cat litter on the ice that I realized why.

Daisy walked all around with me in the morning.  Below she went with me to get the mail.  A tough little kitty walking on all that ice.  This evening I carried her from the corral to the house so she wouldn't have to walk more on the ice. Even though she had been outside with me for an hour while I shoveled more snow by the hay bales, Daisy preferred to walk.

Daisy also came with me to feed another bale of hay for the calves.  You can see the frost on them.  Interestingly, the head and neck is frost free on the calf below.

Hungry little calves in the morning.   The cool morning (5 degrees F) worked up an appetite.

Even with the cold temperatures freezing everything, the manure, etc. near the feeder didn't quite freeze.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Barn snow

The forecast was for rain Saturday night/Sunday morning.  It snowed instead.  I estimate about three inches.

More shoveling. 

The sun was out most of the day and the temperature got into the 40s F.  The snow slid off the metal roofs.

A half an hour later the rest of the snow slid off with a "whoosh".  The cattle standing nearby moved away.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Snow and sun

I shoveled the half inch of snow that fell overnight.  Then I shoveled the snow off the garage roof.  An hour or so before sunset the sky cleared and I saw the sun.

The 'bumps' in hayfield are where the alfalfa sits higher up than the grass under the snow.