Melting Away

Weeks of cold and snow. Snow on March first. That may not seem like a big deal to readers further north but many years we have our first rows of peas and radishes in the garden at the end of February. Snow. Snow. Snow. I’m so tired of snow. Heck, the cows are tired of snow…tired of being locked in the barn lot. But now it is finally melting.

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Which means mud. Mud, mud, mud. I’m so tired of mud.

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Guess there’s no pleasing some people.

February’s average temperature was somewhere around negative infinity. This week the average high temperature is 55. That’s quite a change. So much of a change I doubt we’ll have a maple run this year. But it really saves my bacon because the chicks are ready to exit the brooder. A few more days of warmth and melting and runoff and we’ll get things going outside, a little at a time.

With tails and heels in the air the cows ran out to pasture today. Of course, two of them found a low place in the temporary fence and invited themselves to cross it. And to make things worse I put the heifers we weaned at Christmas back into the herd so there was a little pushing and shoving and other family reunion stuff. But then they put their heads down in fresh grass and went to work.

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Not all of the pasture is snow-free. The north-facing slopes are still covered.

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I’m hoping to keep the cows up high where drainage is good both for cow health and for pasture health. I don’t want to let them churn up a mud bog. I noticed a line in the snow where the cows grazed a month ago when they were last here. That line is where the fence stood, where the cows had trampled up to. The cows were reluctant to cross that line. Calves always lead the way.

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Just making a few notes about the transition here. Should be nearly 60 degrees today. Hopefully that will take care of the remaining snow.

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5 thoughts on “Melting Away

  1. Mud, we know about that here, for sure. No putting cattle on any fields around here just yet, they’d sink in up to their hocks – just about anyway. Yours look pretty happy to be out doing what cows do best.

    This time last year, we left for NZ and there was still an inch or two of snow and the ground was frozen solid here. Yesterday we took the younger daughter to the airport and it was a brilliant sunny warm day – you saw the pictures. I don’t keep a record of the temps and weather, but it would be interesting to see a graph that showed what was happening over the years. Guess I’ll do some Googling..

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