The heat has finally come to the Prairies.
I must be very careful that everyone has plenty of water.
All the pigs will have their wallows topped up each morning.
And I have discovered that if you hose the heels of a cow she will stand quite still. If you try and hose her back or side off she will go. But Queenie and The Bobby especially will allow me to play water around their ankles and cool them off that way. Cooling off their Heels.
The three baby ewes have found a lovely tree to lie under but I see that they have collected a rash of weed seeds at the same time. Today early i need to go and clean up the weeds around the South side of the rat house paddock.
Mama and Hairy MacLairy will stay in Pat’s paddock under the big Mulberry Trees for this hot spell. Being the elders of the Farmy I will give them the deepest shade. The cows move twice a day, the Dairy Mistress field at night with the all good tucker and then back to to Daisy’s field in the mid morning for the Mulberry Tree shade.
Can you see a little piglet doing his best to break out? This shot is taken from under the Mulberry trees (standing by Mama) , through the cows empty shady spot, through the piglets garden and out to Queenie in the Dairy Mistress paddock. (The barn is to my right.) When I bring the cows back through I have to lock up the pigs and open the gates and the cows walk in to their shade. Then I shut and piglet proof all the gates and let the pigs back out again.
Good morning. The sun will soon rise into a hot hazy still sky. And as we are surrounded in a wall of corn higher than the proverbial elephant’s eye, not a lot of breeze is getting through. I am going to start work even earlier this morning to get everyone settled before the heat builds. It is 74F (23C) now and will reach 94F (35C) . The humidity is what affects the animals the most though. We will be at 60% today. Good for the skin! And after weeks of perfect cool summer weather you will not hear me complaining.
Have a lovely day.
your friend on the farm, celi