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Kittens & Calves

Posted Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at 10:50 AM

Puffy, LO (Little One), Tie, Cali, and BS (Black Spot)
We've heard plenty of agricultural lingo that sounds much like a foreign language to those of us unfamiliar with the terms. I'm thrilled that there is the internet so I can look up some of these terms without having to sound like a complete idiot to our farming neighbors when we have a conversation. Today's researched farming/ranching term was heifer.

And speaking of heifers, the population explosion going on around us lets us know Spring is close at hand, even though the low this morning at our place was +6. Cattle folks around here appear to have a goodly amount of new blood in the herd as there are new calves everywhere you look. Dang... baby cows are cute!

Speaking of cute, our barn cat had kittens. Grandma Margie nursed mama cat and the 4 little ones through our last cold snap, but this time mama cat moved them to our hay mow. Looks like as good a place as any to me. Lot's of old hay for them to stay warm and dry, and with Margie feeding them, I think they will likely live.

To say that I'm a cat person would be a lie. I really don't care much for cats as I'm much more a dog person, but Margie has adopted the cats, and I have to admit the little ones are pretty cute. It should be fun to watch them play as they continue to grow through the Spring. We may just help the mouse and rat population diminish while we're at it. I gotta look for the positive of having a bunch of cats around the place.

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I couldn't agree more. All I have to do is keep Margie from becoming the cat woman of Furnas County and I'll be OK.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 11:11 AM

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