Braving the Winter
January was definitely a wild month. While we were very blessed to start it out at the Rose Bowl watching MSU win, we hit the ground running as soon as we came home. Tons of snow and temperatures well below zero are hard on cows, machinery, milking equipment and all of us working to keep our girls comfortable!
Throughout the month, we moved snow, made sure water tanks and pipes were thawed, and purchased extra calf blankets and brought in straw for extra insulation and warmth. We are incredibly thankful for our awesome team that cares about our animals as much as we do – regardless of how much snow is on the roads or how cold it is outside when they get here to start their day.
We’ve had to work especially hard the last few days with the continued frigid temps. As everything is frozen, it’s been difficult keeping water everywhere it’s needed on the farm. Regardless of weather conditions, our parlor gets sanitized with 180 degree Fahrenheit water four times a day, and our girls have to have water in their tanks to drink. That seemingly “simple” task has posed quite the challenge as frozen wells make for limited water availability.
So, the last few days, we’ve been making trips to the local fire department to get drinking water for the cows. To them, we extend a VERY sincere THANK YOU for sharing their resources. We are lucky to live in a community that is as compassionate to the needs of our animals as we are!
The bitter cold and windy days are exhausting for all of us, but a little “Thank you,” love from our girls makes it worth all the effort!