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Peggy Sanders: Confluence Chronicles – Where City & County Meet 2-21-11

When it was 25 degrees below zero and we had our first calves, we went into especially protective mode. We care for our animals and we work hard to keep them safe and healthy. My husband gets up and checks for new births every two hours during such cold weather. After a few days the exhaustion almost takes over for the adrenaline of what needs to be done … I say almost because the cattle welfare takes precedence over everything. Perhaps the biggest heartbreak ranchers can have is if we can’t get to our cattle during an all out blizzard. It is not the money that tugs at our heartstrings but the well-being of the livestock.

On years when the weather is better than this one, during calving we put our cows in a pasture near our corrals in case a cow needs to be brought in for assistance. Our mama cows have good sense and immediately take care of their babies. My husband just oversees the process and intervenes only if necessary.

Some people and organizations whose members have never set foot on a farm or ranch and certainly have never walked in our moccasins or five-buckle overshoes would like to see farmers and ranchers go out of business. They think we are cruel. My first question to any of them would be why would we mistreat our animals – our livelihoods? We wouldn’t and we don’t. We also believe we are to have dominion over them and that animals are not equal to people.

One of the ways we help during very cold weather is when a calf is chilled, we bring him into our kitchen, rub him down and dry him off, anytime day or night. Once he is warm he goes back to his mama and does fine. It is a thrill to see that same little calf running and butting with other babies the next day, after his life has been saved by ranchers. Without our intervention he would have been a tasty meal for a coyote.

This little ditty came to mind as I contemplated our situation.

Sung to the tune of “It’s Crying Time Again,” with apologies to Ray Charles.

When it was 25 degrees below zero and we had our first calves, we went into especially protective mode. We care for our animals and we work hard to keep them safe and healthy. My husband gets up and checks for new births every two hours during such cold weather. After a few days the exhaustion almost takes over for the adrenaline of what needs to be done … I say almost because the cattle welfare takes precedence over everything. Perhaps the biggest heartbreak ranchers can have is if we can’t get to our cattle during an all out blizzard. It is not the money that tugs at our heartstrings but the well-being of the livestock.

On years when the weather is better than this one, during calving we put our cows in a pasture near our corrals in case a cow needs to be brought in for assistance. Our mama cows have good sense and immediately take care of their babies. My husband just oversees the process and intervenes only if necessary.

Some people and organizations whose members have never set foot on a farm or ranch and certainly have never walked in our moccasins or five-buckle overshoes would like to see farmers and ranchers go out of business. They think we are cruel. My first question to any of them would be why would we mistreat our animals – our livelihoods? We wouldn’t and we don’t. We also believe we are to have dominion over them and that animals are not equal to people.

One of the ways we help during very cold weather is when a calf is chilled, we bring him into our kitchen, rub him down and dry him off, anytime day or night. Once he is warm he goes back to his mama and does fine. It is a thrill to see that same little calf running and butting with other babies the next day, after his life has been saved by ranchers. Without our intervention he would have been a tasty meal for a coyote.

This little ditty came to mind as I contemplated our situation.

Sung to the tune of “It’s Crying Time Again,” with apologies to Ray Charles.


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