Winter Never Lasts Forever
Winter has only been around for barely two months but we are over it. Farmer blood has us itching to be outside, planting, working up a sweat, doing pretty much anything besides holed up in the shop huddled around the heater. After rain, snow, and more rain came are all wondering if Grandpa Dan's experience as a logger is enough to build an ark to save the animals if God decides to flood the earth again. These are the "slow" months for farmers, the time when we catch up on fixing equiptment, and that one leaky spot in the roof. It would be so easy just to go to sleep and wake up in spring like the bears do but unfortunately even though the months are slow there is no rest.
While our cows are grass fed and on green pasture all year long, we supplement with feed in the winter time due to the decrease in grass and the harsher temperatures. Everyday we feed all of our brood cows and bulls to make sure they stay healthy and well fed through the rain and cold. Our calves and young steers get special attention however and get fed smaller amounts twice a day mixing in minerals and vitamins to help make sure they have a healthy weening from their Moms. Those little suckers know they have us wrapped around their tails too because come 8am and 6pm, if they've not been fed they set up a hollering that the dead can hear!
Wintertime is slow...its easy to get caught up in the laziness of it. We want to be sitting next to a fire more than anybody, but Winter doesn't last forever, in fact around here its the shortest season! Pretty soon it will be drying up and piling the work load on faster than ever. So even though it means waking up early to break up an icy pond, or have an irritated bull looking you up and down because your late with his breakfast, enjoy your winter. Make your fires and spend a little more time talking to your Grandpa, Because winter doesn't last forever, so enjoy it while you can.