Yesterday as Robby and I drove home from the barn, we noticed the sky to the north was ominous. We hadn’t seen the sky that color in a long time. The trees looked eerie with their leafless limbs catching the suns light. It really was pretty. Those clouds were a reminder that Spring is here. We don’t normally see skies like that in the winter time.

With spring comes shedding season. I was reminded that on Sunday morning when I was cleaning stalls. We have one broodmare who is under lights right now. Her stall and lot has patches of white hair on the ground from her laying down and rolling. She needs a curry comb and a few minutes of brushing to help release all here hair.

Also, there is mud. Yes, we still have mud. Not as much as what we did have, but its still pretty damp. We’ve got sand in our runs and they stayed pretty good through our unseasonably wet winter, but the bottom portion of our Breeding Barn hasn’t fared as well. One more then one occasion, there was standing water. The water has receded and the mud was left. Luckily, Mabel, who is our Suffolk Punch mare, is currently working on packing the mud back down. It really is amazing how much better her feet are in mud then our smaller quarter mares.

Anyway, that is a quick update from the farm. Nothing to exciting is going on. Mares are slowly foaling and getting bred back. The show season is getting ready to go in full swing. and we are just gearing up to handle the craziness.

Will Winter End?

Today, our high should reach 30, with some clouds, and a threat of freezing drizzle this evening. The average high for today is 47. In Belize, the current temperature is 82, with a high of 88. We can dream right?!?!

Updates on the farm, we are still holding at 2 foals. Grasshopper is currently 1 day over and she looks to come any day. Zeus and Hades are growing and getting weaned. They are not to happy about that, but their love for grain and hay is growing. They have a new love, which is the barn heaters. If you haven’t smelled burning goat, you are lucky! I never knew a goat would stand next to a heater long enough to start smoking, but ours do. I probably shouldn’t brag on that fact either.

Other news, Diesel got a new hat. He has a love hate relationship with it. It keeps his ears toasty warm outside, but it also tickles them. He is only allowed to wear it at the house or in the truck, but not at the Farm. Buddy does a good enough job at removing his coat, that the hat would be removed in seconds.

Otherwise, we are just hunkering down and feeding a lot of hay until this weather breaks. I will say, I’m not looking forward to the mud, but right now I’d take it over the ice. BRING ON MUD SEASON!!

Winter is Coming…

Actually winter is still here. We got another 3 inches last night with about 1/2 an inch of ice under it. We spent the evening haying cows and horses.

Here at the farm, we have animals that think they need to eat a lot of hay during this cold weather. So, we try our best to keep hay in front of them 24/7. This means long hours at the farm.

As my husband likes to put it, if you’ve never feed livestock during winter, you can’t really enjoy winter. He loves feeding his critters. It doesn’t make how cold or nasty it is, he is out her feeding and making sure everyone has plenty of hay, water, and a cozy place to sleep.

We’ve added some new tire feeders that we got from Rubber Innovations in Cameron, MO. These are the HANDIEST things! We have them scattered throughout the farm and our hay waist is way down. We have them in lots, pastures, in the middle of the breeding barn. They hold multiple big bale flakes and have a large enough opening to accommodate multiple head at one tire.

If you are in the NW Missouri area, check out Rubber Innovations, they have every tire size need. They have hay feeders, waters, huts, basically anything that can be made from tires, they can help you out.