It is a slow and difficult spring here at Pastures A Plenty. Sometimes a livestock operation as exposed to the elements as is ours suffers from it. And yet, we managed to luck out in the late April snowstorm. Two calves were born before the storm hit and were doing well. Then the cows took a five day break while the weather blew through before they started calving again. So far, they are all happy and healthy out there. Andrew needed to spread several bales of cornstalks to give the cows and new calves a way to stay out of the mud, with which we have been plagued since middle March.
Another big concern is the hog production. We use bedding in every aspect of it and by this time of year our hoops and buildings are all bulging with mixed stalks, straw and manure. We itch to start hauling to the pile where it will soon be applied ahead of the crop, but the frost is in very deep this year and is keeping the soil surface soft and wet. Too soft and wet to haul heavy loads of manure out. So we are faced with the choice of piling it temporarily closer to the yards and house and hauling it out when we can. Extra work and an unsightly mess. But that is what farming is sometimes.