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Frosted Flakes: Snow, Rewriting Genes, Promposals

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Jill is tired of winter. We also look ahead to the spring game and warn you to name your wifi network...carefully.

News: April Snow Bob Karp-USA TODAY Sports

The Facebook memes going around declaring this the 105th of January are spot on. This is the winter that doesn’t want to end.

We started calving a few days ago...just in time for a blizzard. For two days, we were bringing cold calves into the garage (loyal farm dog had to give up her bed) to dry them off and warm them up. Once they started running around the garage, and were in danger of falling down the stairs, we either moved them back out to momma cow or to the detached garage.

Fortunately, the mommas all took the calves back. That doesn’t always happen as the smell of the calf is changed when we dry it off, handle it, and mingle it with other cold calves in the garage.

Hay is hard to get this year, but we had to use a few bales for bedding. Of course, the cows ate some of it, but most was wasted as the cows and calves snuggled in to avoid the wet, cold weather. The calves are worth more than a few bales of hay, so it was a necessary choice, but the grass isn’t growing yet and the hay pile is getting small. Between the drought down south, last year’s drought up north still affecting pastures, and the late spring, no one wants to sell hay.

We had even more snow last night. And probably more calves. When you read this, ranchdude will probably be out counting, assessing status, and possibly bringing more up to the garage.


The Husker baseball team takes on UN-Omaha tonight. The Huskers dropped a squeaker to K-State last night in a game that broke the Wildcats nine-game losing streak. It seems likely the Husker baseball season will be a short one this year...bringing the summer of no Husker sports that much sooner. At least we have warm, fuzzy speculation about Frosty football to keep the message boards and clicks going.

Frosted Flakes

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