As I am typing this post, I can see 10 very pregnant red Angus heifers, munching on hay and resting in the springtime sun. It is a beautiful sight. Winter has been long and hard on these girls (and us, too!). But, we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Temperatures have been climbing into the 40’s and 50’s this week and for us, that is a heat wave. Bring out the sandals and shorts!
We have been sighing a collective breath of relief for our heifers. We feared they would be calving in the midst of a raging snowstorm, with temperatures well below zero. Our fellow beef cattle farmer and mentor has been doing just that the last month. Luckily, he has the facilities and know-how to accommodate such conditions. Here on our farm, we are just starting out and we don’t have quite the same facilities yet. So, because of that, we tried to plan out our calving season for nicer weather. Easier said than done, right?
Our next series of posts will focus on different aspects of Cattle Breeding including deciding when your breeding season will be and factors to consider in selecting a bull or bulls for your breeding program.
As of right now, many of our heifers are bagging up nicely and could drop a calf at any time.
We are playing the waiting game!