My husband has been encouraging me to spend time with a new group of girls. Some of them are teenagers, some are older. All are pregnant. None are married. And he encourages me to spend time with them late at night or into the early morning hours when they’re out eating, drinking and partying it up.
These are some high needs girls. They expect their food, drinks and medical services delivered to them. They demand fresh bedding taken care of by others. Many would like to have spa days donated to them.
They’re all due to have their babies in the next 45 days. And there are about a hundred of them….seriously. My husband thinks I need to go out with them every night, either at 9 pm or 1 am – making sure their needs are taken care of, their wants are met, their comfort assured.
If they have complications and need medical attention, THEY GET TESTY! They may kick at me, try to head butt me and generally try to raise a ruckus. Much like trying to get a toddler to bed, they don’t want to go where they need to go and then expect 5 star treatment when they finally give in. Negotiating with terrorists might be easier some days.
By now, I’m sure you’ve figured out I’m talking about calving season at our place. We check out AIed and a few natural bred cows/heifers every 3 to 4 hours around the clock. 1 am/pm, 5 am/pm, 9 am/pm and so it goes. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for about 3 months. There was a time I did a lot more of the checks, but then again I wasn’t working a town job then either. Now I’m gone about 11 hours a day for that job/commute. Mike is now on the day shift at his town job. That leaves Chris for a lot of the daytime checks. This week, he’s helping out a fellow breeder, so that means a call is put in to Brittany to come mid-day to check with the 6 month old grandson and nearly 2 year old granddaughter. It takes a village to raise a herd of cattle.
So, when I say to you, “I can’t come/attend/go/be there due to calving” I’m not just giving you an excuse. When I get home from the town job, I start supper for the humans while the guys are finishing up chores outside. We eat then sit down to handle calving records, registration papers, sale entries, tax information, etc. Then we check cows again and go to sleep for 3 to 4 hours if there’s no trouble.
Praying for a safe and successful calving season for all our fellow ranchers.