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Christmas Snow Storm on Biggers' Farm

Samantha BiggersI have been neglecting this blog. It has been such a rush to get the insulation put in the house we are building. The temperatures have been frigid in Western North Carolina and working in them is no picnic. On a farm you have to do what you have to do. Over Christmas we got a snow storm that dropped about 9 inches on us.

 

Some of the pastures in the snow 

Luckily all the animals are doing well. We are expecting Bessie to have her calf by January 5. Hopefully she does not have it on the coldest day of the year like she did in 2009. This will be our first Dexter calf born on the farm.

Bessie in the snow 

We were not planning on going anywhere at all during the snow storm but low and behold we had to go get surplus milk for our pigs about 15 miles away on Christmas day. If we didn't go we risked it not being available to us next week. That was quite an adventure. The roads got terrible very quickly and on the way back the windshield wipers quit working on our 1987 Ford F250! Besides that we had a nice quiet Christmas at home. There is still 9 inches of snow or better on the ground but it is expected to melt off late in the week.

When it snows it always amazes me how excited our Great Pyrenees dogs get. They snow bathe. They love it! Our youngest Pyrenees, Ruby Pearl, had never seen more than a sprinkle of snow in her 9 months. She doesn't seem to like it quite as much as Jeb our 2 year old male. Ruby has decided to spend half her time inside sleeping in the shower. She has decided that a shower pan is an excellent dog bed. I am not sure if I should warn any potential house guests or let them discover the giant dog that lives in the bathroom.

Ruby posing in the backyard 

Snow PuppyJeb snuffling the snow for a bisquit 

I wish I had got some pictures of the pigs in the snow but to be honest with you we stayed inside a lot. We hadn't had a day off in a very long time so we took advantage of the weather. The goats look puffed up because they have their fuzzy winter coat. They seemed to not care for the snow too much. I guess that is understandable when one considers that goats are originally from the desert.

Doodle Bug climbing in her food. 

Riley doesnt care for the snow too much 

Our bull will be a year old in a week. He is starting to look like a real bull and not a calf. We have to get the brass knobs on his horns soon as he is getting quite a set on him. He is actually starting to get a hump on his back! I mistook him for a pregnant heifer today when I saw him from behind. If he wasn't still growing we would put him on a diet. When he is grown he will need to be kept in a seperate lot from the cows most of the time so that we can monitor his food intake a bit more. The same for George who is our future ox. It can be really easy to let a bull or ox get too fat. This can happen even more easily if the bull doesn't have enough cows to breed or he is cooped up with his cows so he does not have to pursue them around the pasture.

Blue Roan Ridge Hank in the snow He seems to be a good little Dexter bull so far 

Cattle eating a round roll of hay All the animals are going through about one 1000 roll a week We let them eat as much as they want We have a lot of young cows in our heard and several pregnant ones 

We found the most important thing during the cold was just to make sure everyone had plenty to eat.

cindy murphy
12/31/2010 10:03:31 AM

Hi, Samantha. Such beautiful photos of your farm covered in snow! Is it unusual for snow to fall in your part of North Carolina? A friend of mine near the Charlotte area received snow for Christmas too - I think she said it was the first white Christmas in the area since the 1940s. Our lab "snow bathes" too; she loves rolling and burrowing in it. She's pretty ridiculous looking, all black except for her white snow beard because it sticks to her whiskers. I got a good laugh the other day when she started rolling on her back just a bit too close to the ravine hill, and slid halfway down the slope on her back with her legs flailing in the air. Such a comic, though I'm sure she doesn't mean to be. Have a great New Year...and stay warm! ~ Cindy


nebraska dave
12/30/2010 9:59:27 AM

@Samantha, Ah, you know, I really try to live by that last statement. I try to stay well fed during the winter months. There’s just something about heading into the pantry pulling out something that’s been grown during the summer months and enjoying it to the fullest when life is slow and the living is easy. Although my pantry shelf doesn’t have much this year the plan is to harvest more next year; give away the same; and preserve way more than last year. The deluxe pantry is in progress of being built and will be ready before gardening season next spring. By the way it’s only 80 days, 23 hours, and some minutes to Spring. Not that I’m anxious for it come or anything like that. Our temperature here is as I post this comment is a balmy 54 degrees. This is not normal. What little snow we had is gone gone gone. Could you send some our way. My grandson would be eternally grateful. He has been wanting to do some sledding but the weather just hasn’t been co operating at all. Have a great snow day.