Uprooted Magnolia

Zero Degree Ranching

Posted in Photography, Ranching by leahyetter on January 2, 2015

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On my Facebook page earlier this week, I wrote that the girls were just plain ungrateful. I risked my life to drive through the deep snow to give them cake because Patrick was driving snow plow ’til all hours of the day and night. It was up to me to feed them. Well, the ATV got high centered in a snow drift. I was so very stuck.

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The cows stared at me like I was nuts. They wouldn’t come eat the cake I put out for them and I was so frustrated! It’s like their brains were frozen. I don’t doubt it because every bit of me was frozen too. I cried. And I mean ugly cried. I hiked back the the house and stayed in the rest of the day. Patrick got home that night and dug the ranger out of the snowbank and got it back to the barn. He wasn’t mad at all thank goodness. It isn’t the first time he’s had to dig an ATV out of the snow.

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The snow was just too deep in the meadows for me to get anything done on my own. So the next day, I brought reinforcements.

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They came running this time….

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…because my big strong man came to the rescue.

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Check out our new bale feeder! This winter, instead of pushing these huge bales with our big strong arms, we have a feeder that hooks onto the ranger or the truck and unrolls the bale as we drive through the snow. No more faceplants in the snow-drenched hay for me!

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This was our first time using it.

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The girls were pleased (and so were we).

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We don’t have a tractor and don’t really want the expense of one. While convenient, tractors are expensive to purchase and the upkeep can be pricey as well. We are content with out little manual bale feeder.

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I hope you all had a happy holiday season! This was a tough one for me but I got through it.
The snow is still thick on the ground but I do see drips coming off the roof. I think we may melt soon. 🙂 We are up in the 20’s today and it feels downright balmy! I may go out in short sleeves in a bit to get some vitamin D.

ttfn (ta ta for now),

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  1. Ellen said, on January 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Dear!! hope you have a really wonderful year!!! and your story about the cake and the cows, it was very sweet. Well, not the part that you were crying but you care so much and the cows, well, they are so cute!! that it was a warm story to melt part of the snow!!! Go get some vit D !!! xoxo


  2. Bonnie Parker said, on January 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Oh Leah I so feel for you, I have been there done that, One year we had to have the county plow, to plow furrows in the snow. We did everything from pushing to pulling the big round bales. We even roped them off of the stack onto the flatbed, drove up on a hill, cut the twines and rolled them off, the cows were running everywhere because the bale was bouncing all over, as it rolled wildly down the hill, leaving big hunks of hay scattered behind it, why it didn’t roll over a cow, I will never know. Of course I was rolling on the ground from laughter. Needless to say we ended up getting our little bale roller just like yours, like you I was so grateful that we had such a contraption. Hang in there! Great photos by the way, someday (might be a while) you will look at these and laugh.

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  3. pam said, on January 3, 2015 at 6:48 am

    No doubt the cows had a bit of brain freeze…to pass up food….what’s up with that? Glad you survived the hectic day and that your sweetie helped make it all better. Your bale roller is a very cool contraption. Thanks for all the great photos and story lines and try to stay somewhat warm.


  4. Doris said, on January 3, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Leah,
    Poor you. I know exactly how you must have felt. I nearly got stuck with my Toyota SUV in the snow a couple of times during the last few days. I hate it when that happens. I am glad you made it back home safely. The bale roller looks like a great solution for brain-frozen cows. 😉


  5. thebikinggardener said, on January 4, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Hello. I have nominated you for the Liebster award. I have enjoyed reading your blog over the past year that I have been in the blogosphere and thought you would be a worthy nominee. It is a bit of a chain letter though and it involves answering some questions and linking back to my site! I know that your site is not really a gardening site but I do love seeing your life there and after all – you like cats 🙂 Having just done it myself I think I have done it right and if you look on my site at the latest post it will all become clear and you will find the questions you are invited to answer! Anyway, thanks for your interesting blog and happy new year! Geoff


  6. ellenmixon said, on January 9, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Hi Leah,

    Great story and beautiful pics. I really enjoyed this one 🙂 Happy New Year!

    Ellen Mixon


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