It may not feel like it just yet, but spring is in full swing...so please don't mind the brevity of this update :-)
We are now at the busiest point of calving season, having upwards of 5-6 calves per day. Calving can be a very stressful time of year on the farm. The rapid temperature swings promote the development of respiratory disease, and what we like to colloquially refer to as mud season, can cause issues like hypothermia and scours. On top of all of the environmental risks to contend with, there is also the need to closely watch the cows during birthing, so that quick assistance can be given when needed. Like earlier this week, when a cow needed help positioning and delivering her calf that was breached.
I know you guys really like cute farm animal videos, so enjoy this video of the calf taking her first steps, after only 5 minutes of being born. Within 15 minutes she is as nimble as she will ever be.
After just a couple of hours (and a few thousand licks from their mother), they begin to dry off and fluff out their coat.
It's not just calving season that is keeping us busy...the nursery is filled to the BRIM with plants. I'll start hardening these cold-hardy cabbages, as well as some kale, collards, and broccoli early this week in anticipation of field planting them as soon as the weather allows.
There are also cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, onions, and lots of herbs that have sprouted.
Not only is the nursery springing to life, but so are the fields. Cabbage & collards will be transplanted, and beets will be seeded this week. The air temperature may feel a little low, but the soil temperature is actually quite warm (58 degrees), so the berries are bursting into life. I've already started spring renovations on the beds (for disease and weed control).
There is always so much to do this time of year, which is such a nice change of pace!
See you next week!
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