We are in a drought, so moisture in any form is welcome, but I have about 50 cows supposed to have their calves this weekend, so I'm really not excited about dealing with a foot of snow at this time!
My son and I drove slowly through the herd, shining the spotlight on each cow, looking for signs of labor or distress. They all looked calm and content. But by 6:00 am the scene had changed! The calves that had been so calmly snoozing 3 hours before were now covered in drifts of snow up to 3 feet deep! Mother Nature teaches the calves to lie quiet and safe but they were being covered in snow
and it was predicted to keep coming down for a few more hours! So we worked hard to find approximately 50 calves and hustle them into a barn to keep them warm and dry. They looked like little snowmen! The calves spent the rest of the day in the barn, with their mamas outside bawling for them. But they were warm and safe. Once the snow stopped and the storm passed, we turned them out and spent some time making sure each of them found their mama and was able to get a meal right away!
I'm not sure the cows appreciated her lying in their bed, but the were curious about her and started to creep closer.
Cows are really amazing animals. If they have plenty of feed and water, and a dry place to lie down, they can withstand extremely cold temperatures. The most vulnerable ones are the newborn calves as they are still wet. Once dried off, even calves can handle freezing temperatures!
As we moved cattle around to warmer locations and bedded them down, I found a bunch of daffodils that had been starting to grow in Grandma's yard.
I'm afraid they may be stunted now. We might skip daffodil season...and move straight to growing grass.
Unfortunately, the weatherman has said that this snow is very light and fluffy and doesn't have much moisture in it. He said that 12" of this snow will yield about 0.5" of moisture. That is a lot of work for just a half inch of rain. I think I'd rather have rain!