Right before we left, on December 23 we “worked” all of the cows. It has been a fairly open winter here (not much snow), so at that time, the cows were still out grazing on the corn stalks.
Normally, by this time of year, we have already brought them home. So, instead of working the cows “in the yard” by the barn we set up a corral and did the work in the field.
It was so cold, that the veterinarian had to invent this clever contraption. The hair dryer blows warm air through the pipes & keeps the vaccinations from freezing! Also, since we were in the middle of the field…the hair dryer was powered by a portable generator. They also had to bring a propane heater out to the field.
The main purpose for this work was to:
- Determine if the cows were pregnant
- Vaccinate the cows to pass antibodies from the cows to the calves
That evening, we had Christmas and chili to warm us up! I’ve officially decided that chili is the best meal to serve a crowd. One pot! And, I made it the day before! That’s my kind of Christmas cooking. I think this is a new Christmas tradition for me.
It was a big day – we worked all the cows, had a Christmas & left for Missouri the next day at 6:30 AM. There was about two full days of prep work involved: setting up corrals, packing, cleaning, cooking.
John’s Dad cared for the cows while we were in Missouri. It was such a nice trip home, we had time to do everything! Including drinking custard at Mamoos. Plus, my crazy Dad got his yoga mat! And, at the end we got a new puppy.
After we got home, everyone was officially tired of hauling water to the cows. Open winter or not, it was time for the girls come home. John & Ron strung up a few short term fences along the road and then we walked the cows home.
It is just a teeny bit nerve racking to send the whole herd down the road. Luckily (but not surprisingly) no vehicles came down the road while we moved them. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes, so I guess it would not have been too long of a wait.
I enjoy doing this though, because there are far tooooo many people in Missouri to every walk cows ANYWHERE.
Just one more time, for good measure, I promise not to say it again until next year…Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Thank you so much for taking time to read this!