Well, here’s the official tally after the snowfall:
15″ of snow is great for snowmen, snowball fights, sledding, and getting days off of teaching school. It is not so nice for keeping animals fed and watered. Just walking through 15″ of snow to check on the animals is a serious workout. I’ve decided I need snowshoes. Shoe size is 10.5, if anyone would like to make a snowshoe donation.
Here’s things you can’t do in 15″ of snow on top of 1/4″ of ice:
- Haul more water to the back pasture.
- Carry round bales with the tractor.
- Run the tractor, period – 2-wheel drive is no good.
- Find all of the eggs.
Still, you’ve got to get hay to the animals somehow. So Lindsey, her brother, and I made hay sleds by bundling 60-150 lbs of hay (depending on the person) up in tarps and pulling them along behind us for the 1/2 mile back to the cattle. 2 trips for me and 1 for each of them did the trick. Not going to lie, that is a workout. Got to do it again tomorrow.
I vow to have the hay shed for the animals built before next winter. That way the hay and the animals are both in the same spot.
You can have lambs born in a blizzard. We had twin rams yesterday. They are fine. After they were born we forced the sheep into their shelter and locked them in. They had been riding the blizzard out under some trees. Sillies.
The worst news is that I think Fitbit has it out for me. According to mine I took 14,000 steps, walked 6.5 miles in 15″ of snow pulling heavy sleds of hay and/or herding animals for portions of it, climbed 11 flights of stairs, and had almost 2.5 hours of high activity and yet I still did not hit my calorie burn for the day.
I may drop the Fitbit in the snow. Accidently.