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Q Fun…

Lest you all think that I am a complete bah humbug about the snow, I figured that I would share a few pictures from our family sledding expedition on Saturday afternoon. 

The snow was perfect for sledding and the afternoon weather was gorgeous!

The snow was perfect for sledding and the afternoon weather was gorgeous!

My 8 year old dare-devil...

My 8 year old dare-devil…

My 41 year old little boy...

My 41 year old little boy…

My ornery 10 year old cowgirl/chef/trouble maker...

My ornery 10 year old cowgirl/chef/trouble maker…Yes, she did drop it on her sister’s head!

My favorite teenager who kept loosing her sled on the way down the hill...

My favorite teenager who kept loosing her sled on the way down the hill…

And yes, even the girl who traded her flip flops for cowboy boots enjoyed the hill!

And yes, even the girl who traded her flip flops for cowboy boots enjoyed the ride!

Even Shellie, the family mutt, enjoyed the outing :)

Even Shellie, the family mutt, was thrilled with the snow 🙂

The girls keep Matt and I smiling, and I cherish all of the memories that we make together!

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Winter Storm Q Turns The Feed Yard Foodie Farm White…

What was brown on Wednesday is now white…

Removing snow from the feed bunks before dawn so that we could get breakfast to the cattle...

Removing snow from the feed bunks before dawn so that we could get breakfast to the cattle…

Since the Florida girl is the worst at running the tractor, she gets to clean the ends of the bunks that the tractor-sweeper can not reach with a shovel...

Since the Florida girl is the worst at running the tractor, she gets to use a shovel to clean the ends of the bunks that the tractor-sweeper can not reach…

Getting breakfast delivered is important because the feed helps them to stay warm...

Getting breakfast delivered is important because the feed helps them to stay warm…

Thanks to an early start and my diligent crew, every animal on the farm was fed by 8:30 yesterday morning...My crew makes me proud!

Thanks to an early start and my diligent crew, every animal on the farm was fed by 8:30 yesterday morning despite the challenge of the storm…

Poco was glad for breakfast too...

Poco was glad for breakfast too…

The ground isn't the only thing that turns white with snow and ice...

The ground isn’t the only thing that turns white with snow and ice…

I think that this young hawk wondered where his feed bunk was...

I think that this young hawk wondered where his feed bunk was…

A very special thanks to my three guys for their dedication and hard work. It is a joy to work with you–thanks for putting up with me 🙂

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Winter Storm Q…

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…

I always think of this quote every time that we prepare for a bad storm.  Mother Nature has a wonderful way of keeping me humble, and keeping my world in perspective.  With Winter Storm Q currently hitting our area, we are glad that we spent the first part of the week preparing.  The goal is to never interrupt good animal care and that takes planning in the event of a large winter storm.

Cattle resting comfortably before the storm...

Cattle resting comfortably before the storm…

So, how do we prepare for a winter storm on the Feed Yard Foodie farm?

  • Check cattle feed supplies to ensure that we have several days of feed “on site” and easy to get to.
  • Check the water tanks to make sure that each one is operational and in good repair going into the storm.
  • Check both generators to make sure that we can hook them up quickly and easily to provide needed electricity if we loose power.
  • Check the equipment (feed trucks, tractors, pay loaders) to make sure that all of them are full of fuel and ready to run in order to move snow and keep the feeding system operational.
  • Park all necessary equipment inside the shop or the feeding barn to ensure that it is more likely to start when you turn the key.
  • Change the cattle ration (casserole) that we feed to our animals to include more forage/roughage which helps them to generate heat from within and stay  warm despite poor weather.
  • Make sure that everyone knows the plan so there is little disruption to the regular routine.
  • Adjust schedules so that there will not be any cattle traveling to or from your farm during the storm.  No matter how bad it is on the farm, it is worse out on the roads!
  • Pray that God will help you in your chores and keep your crew safe.
  • Remember that the sun will eventually come out and things will get better.
    Rolled corn, ground alfalfa, and ground corn stalks inside of our feeding barn...

    Rolled corn, ground alfalfa, and ground corn stalks inside of our feeding barn…

    A further out view of our feeding barn and feed storage area...

    A further out view of our feeding barn and feed storage area…

    A semi-truck delivering wet distillers grains feed...Before a storm we want to make sure that we have several days of feed in inventory so that feeding will not get interrupted in the case that transportation or commerce gets disrupted...

    A semi-truck delivering wet distillers grains feed…Before a storm we want to make sure that we have several days of feed in inventory so that feeding will not get interrupted in the case that transportation or commerce gets disrupted…

    We have two generators at the feed yard (one is pictured here) to ensure that we can continue to deliver feed and water in the case of a power outage...

    We have two generators at the feed yard (one is pictured here) to ensure that we can continue to deliver feed and water in the case of a power outage…

    Here we are fueling the feed trucks--it's no fun to fuel equipment in the middle of a blizzard...

    Here we are fueling the feed trucks–it’s no fun to fuel equipment in the middle of a blizzard…

    He will need more care to try to mitigate weather stress during the storm, so my crew and I do everything that we can to accomplish that...With a reported 12 inches of snow headed our way with 35 mile an hour winds it may be a long couple of days...

    He will need more care to try to mitigate weather stress during the storm, so my crew and I do everything that we can to accomplish that…With a reported 12 inches of snow headed our way with 35 mile an hour winds it may be a long couple of days…

    While I am anal about preparing the feed yard for a storm, sometimes I forget to go to the store and stock up my own kitchen.  Fortunately, I have an organized teenager who isn't shy about reminding me to feed her too!

    While I am anal about preparing the feed yard for a storm, sometimes I forget to go to the store and stock up my own kitchen.  Fortunately, I have an organized teenager who isn’t shy about reminding me to feed her too!

     

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