Making Hay

Week of February 5th, 2006 | The weather was cold and snowy.

Weather and how it affects the animals

What calf doesn't want a hug?

What calf doesn't want a hug?

Lately there have been many different types of weather; it sometimes affects people, as well as animals and the earth.

I remember back to the first real snow fall we had this winter—it was an excitement to everyone. The kids at school had things to do on the playground, from snowmen to snow houses! The animals had snow to play with and when they are thirsty they eat the snow! And the earth had a nice warm blanket to protect it from winter's ice and chill. The cows and horses grew a nice thick coat of hair.

Looking over the farm fields, they were nestled in a blanket of snow. My grandpa always wishes for a snow cover on the farm fields to protect them from the harsh elements.

But then into January all the snow melted, it rained and was warm and muddy. Now what? All the animals have just grown their winter coat and now it's warm! What confusion to the animals! I look out the window this very day and see geese flying north, the birds are singing! It makes me wonder if the grass will come out of dormancy and start turning green, way before it's time. We hope not, the earth still needs to sleep and rest up for the new season. Come April we usually see the signs of green and you have to get down on your hands and knees to see the tiny blades of grass turning green. By April the cows are ready to feel pasture under their feet and nibble on their first blades of grass.

This unseasonably warm weather does cause farmers some trouble. Mud is hard to deal with for the farmer and the animals. The cows walk around in the fields, causing large hoof prints that become indented into the earth.

The sun, the beautiful, wonderful sun! Do you miss the sun? I sure do! I love running out the door into a stream of pure sunshine! The animals love it too, always standing on the sunny side of the building. I'm glad that on Groundhog Day the sun is shining—that means he goes back in his hole and allows winter to continue.

We need your help! Take good care of mother earth, so she can take care of us in return!

~Julia

Farm Fact: The average farmer produces enough food to feed about 129 people, 97 in the U.S. and 32 abroad.

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