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creekdrive

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Well - it's been awhile since I've been on here and actually have some spare time to post a few pictures. Calving season has gone well so far despite some crappy weather. Lots of cool wet snow/rain. Finally the last few days we have had a break (although there was another rain shower overnight) and the sun has come out and helped dry stuff out a little. Our calving pasture has more dirt than grass at this point. Just glad that so far we have been able to keep most of the calves healthy. Amazing how tough they are! I think it helped that the temperature never really fluctuated (just stayed between roughly -5C to +5C), so although they were cool & wet and miserable it wasn't as hard on them as it could have been with big temperature swings. Biggest problem is we just aren't used to dealing with so much mud! Better than a drought though.

Anyway here's a few pictures. Some are from yesterday and some are from a few weeks ago.




just digging a hole just like the big bulls do










these tan calves camouflage pretty good with the oat stubble


soaking up the sun


this calf is not sure what colour he wants to be. He's sorta tan/gray/bronze. Be interesting to see how his colour changes over the next few months.


calving pasture is looking a little rough - hard to stop them from tearing it up when it's so moist...


mmmm milk

Hope everyone's spring is going well so far!
 

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Creekdrive

You just made my day, great photos! Man do I love looking at babies!

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awesome pics!
Not muddy here, but dang cold.. tulips in may??? that's late.. grass is kinda growing, alfalfa, not so much
 
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Thanks guys!

Nesi -been chilly here too, just the last few days that the sun has finally come out and you can just about watch stuff turning green & growing. Should have lots of moisture to get the pastures & hay fields looking good. It's just about time to get into the fields & start seeding. Most years guys have started seeding a couple weeks ago already and I don't know of anyone that has started yet this year. A lot of guys are still trying to get last years crops off before they can even think of seeding this years. Been a good wind the last couple of days so that should help dry stuff out.

We got a few calves vaccinated the last few days and some pairs hauled out to a couple different pieces with some stockpiled grass & stubble to pick through (put a couple bales out too but so far they haven't really touched those). They will have to get walked back across the road in a few weeks to get hauled to their actual pastures but it's good to get some off this home piece. They are happy to get out and pick some grass.

Thought I'd share a few more pictures while I'm on here:


first calf heifer with her heifer calf. Heifer is SimAngus x Gelbvieh/Angus. Calf is Red Angus sired.


Red Angus heifer - she calved a couple days after this picture was taken, a nice little heifer calf.


Black Angus 2nd calver


1st calf heifer. SimAngus x Sim/Herf


her heifer calf - Red Angus sired


Red Angus heifer calf


1st calf Black Angus heifer with her heifer calf


Black Angus pair
 

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