This has been another messy week at the farm due to the winter storm that came in at the beginning of the week. The University was closed for 2 days, but cattle still had to be fed. The winter storm just made a mess because we mostly got rain instead of ice and snow (thankfully). It made a muddy mess when it came to putting out hay.
The weather conditions also made it complicated to work the cows for research projects.The rain added a delay to Dr. Trent Smith’s research project data collection at the first of the week because we had to postpone it to the end of the week. Dr. Smith’s study is looking at how the cows’ shed hair and then regrow it for the winter, and how its shedding and re-growth correlates to their production. On top of all of that, it was time to remove the bulls from the breeding groups (while gathering the cows for the hair study) to finish up another busy week at the farm.