We are finally starting to get more snow… a lot more snow! Snow is not only exciting for children and is great for winter activities but it is also important on ranches in the winter. We spent a good few hours clearing the last big snowfall off the pond!
Snow helps to insulate the hay fields so that the alfalfa doesn’t freeze and it also prepares us for the spring by providing moisture to start grass growth on our pastures and hay fields.
When we have big melts of snow like we did this past December it can be dangerous for the cows. If the cows fall on the ice when they are pregnant, they could potentially hurt themselves or even abort their calf. Lets hope we continue to get some more snow in January!
Merry Christmas from Ogilvie Stock Ranch! Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!
My goal for the next year is to try to keep this blog updated as much as possible. I hope you each enjoy the posts as much as I enjoy sharing stories about the amazing ranching!
Looking forward, cattle prices were quite good this fall and we hope that the industry can sustain a few more years of good prices to allow many ranchers to recover from the past few difficult years. Lets hope for lots of snow and rain so that we can have excellent hay crops and great pasture for grazing.
Today we are busy getting the final details prepared for Christmas.Christmas Day is no exception, we always have some basic chores that must be done. The cows, bulls and horses must be fed hay each day along with ensuring that the yearling calves (almost 1 year old) have full bale feeders.
Looking forward to 2015! Check back for more posts and I would love to hear from you all about my posts and what you would like to see in this blog!