Cold, snow and bullfrog alfalfa.

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My wife and I were down with Covid for the better of three weeks. I avoided the ten day hospital stay she has and we are returning to our old selves slowly.
Our South African couple that arrived in July did a wonderful job of keeping cattle fed and things running as smoothly as possible while we were away and returned to recuperate. I hadn’t seen our cow herd since Dec. 15 until last Friday when I went to help feed at the lower places. These are the mature cows coming 5 years and older. They have been getting lick tubs and the late cut, old bottom swamp grass haylage we made in Sept. The temperatures here were as low as -47 celcius and stayed below -20 for about 3 weeks. Quite a shock for a couple who had never seen below -4 in their lives! We are so proud of Josh and Meg!
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Glad you guys are okay. Good thing you had some help around.
Thank you, you are very right we were fortunate. I forgot to mention another young guy who raked for us last summer stepped up to feed calves and keep the yard plowed. He is not a cattleman yet but he kept the bunches here well fed. Missed a couple of sick ones that died but we are proud of him just the same.
 

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Looks like the cows came through the cold snap in fine shape.
I bet your couple from SA are finding -4 type temps much warmer than they did prior to experiencing -47.
 
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Looks like the cows came through the cold snap in fine shape.
I bet your couple from SA are finding -4 type temps much warmer than they did prior to experiencing -47.
Yes, for sure! They adapted quite well though and took everything in stride. We were in contact with them morning and night. A little coaching and they handled it all quite well.
 
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