was told to calve when the elk calve.... that would have been june.... but my thoughts the elk were a thousand feet or more higher when they calvemrj wrote:Relatively beautiful day today. Probably got about 6" snow. Temp this am was about 20%, and now 35% likely high for the day, with only 7% predicted for tomorrow AM.
First report I heard from our crew was at least ten dead calves. The rescue and revive and feeding continues, and I've not heard from anyone since then. Guess 'lunch' will be 'whenever'. I do see a bit of a breeze winding up, and the snow on the hills across the creed is settling into the ground. What little grass there is is sticking up a little now. Guess most snow blew into the draws and gullies. Time will tell if the benefits of moisture outweigh the losses of calves. Maybe we will be changing to even later calving dates, since both heifers and cows seem to have 'jumped the gun' on their due dates this year.
Good calving dates are debatable here, since we can get calf killing blizzards well into May.....as well as cow killing heat if they have a tough delivery on a hot day even in mid-May.