You are right about last year. It was brutally cold when we were having our AI calves. Jan. 29 was -55 with windchil during the dayl. I know this because one of our bulls was born that day. We have one old un-heated barn, open on one side (that is our great facilities
) and we had the cows that were due in the next few days in the corral. One cow I saw in the barn, standing chewing her cud. Had a sick cow the vet was out to see, spent 18 minutes with him and walked by the barn on the way to the house and the cow had a bull calf who was standing up trying to drink. I couldn't believe the whole thing was that quick and he was such a trooper even in such cold weather. His ears were frozen solid as soon as his head stuck out, his nose had a bit of frostbite. After he drank I grabbed him away for an hour then gave him back, I was hoping to save his ears and tail. I saved the tail not the ears. I did keep him as a bull though, I figure those are the kind of genetics and attitudes we need up here.
I don't blame you moving to nice weather. It's a lot of hay to feed over the winter though. You must have some good hayfields.
I am with you about prices, although I must say when we sold our calves last year I was surprised we got what we did for them, I was expecting worse. It gets depressing though, it's a lot of work for what you get out of it, no matter when you calve.