Winter Chores

Today was cold.  Despite the fidget temperatures and working outside for most of the day I have managed to stay comfortably warm by wearing layers of clothes and of course taking a couple breaks to warm back up.

Weighing on my mind all day was the fact that the temperatures are supposed to get even colder tonight and the fact that I continued on my quest that started three days ago to do everything possible to ensure that our cattle are well prepared to weather the cold.  So I pressed forward making sure that the cattle had plenty of nutritious hay and bedding, making sure their waterers were working properly and that they had adequate shelter to keep them out of the wind.

Cattle Eating Clover Silage

Leading up to and on cold days the cows enjoy nutritious clover haylage that has plenty of nutrition to help keep their bodies functioning properly.

Just in time to do evening chores I began to feel comfortable that the cows were well prepared for the arctic temperatures tonight when I noticed one of the waters had frozen.  While in the process of taking off the insulated guards to inspect the problem it miraculously started to work again by spraying water all over me in full force while I scrambled to find the shut off valve.

To my amazement within seconds any water that was not in contact with my skin was frozen within seconds turning me into a giant ice block.  My success at staying warm all day suddenly took a turn for the worse. So with the water turned off and clothes as stiff as a board, I managed to gather up my tools and began to shuffle my way through the wind tunnel that has formed between the house and the barn.

Luckily I made it back to the house before any extremities turned blue.  Once inside the house I sat patiently waiting for the zipper on my coat to thaw while

Frozen Hay Bales

Frozen Hay Bales

biting my tongue in a manly fashion as  the feeling in  my fingers began to come back.  It was at this point I realized that maybe all those warnings that the weatherman has been issuing for the past few days many have had more merit than I previously thought.

Now, that I have warmed back up I have fixed the waterer and am back inside sitting comfortably drinking a cup of coffee waiting for the dryer to finish drying my clothes so I can head back out to finish chores and separate two heifers that look like they may calve tonight.

Well, the dryer just beeped, time to get dressed!

Its cold out there, if you need to go outside tonight plan ahead and stay dry.


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The Frozen Water Saga – Cow Spots and Tales

Baby, its Cold Outside –  Carolyn Cares





About Mike Haley

Mike Haley is the 5th generation to farm their family farm in Ohio. Currently he farms alongside his father Steve and wife Pam. On their farm they raise corn, soybeans, wheat, hay and purebred Simmental cattle.
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