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Saturday, March 07, 2009

We interrupt your normally scheduled Saturday, update Sunday

With the first Tornado of the Kansas season.

It ran north of the Neophyte homestead, but is headed for the farmstead. Wonderful! We are preparing for hail and straight line winds here. I had to introduce Murrial to the others sooner than I had planned on. Sure, they smell each other through the fence, but haven't been placed together. I had to open up the barn to everyone so that they could get out from the upcoming storm, which should be here in about 30 minutes.

Murrial is stronger than Mama, but Mama has horns and knows how to use them. I am concerned about eye damage. Murrial pushed our oldest heifer, Uma, out of the way. Uma is a lot like her Mama, and trying to be the next alpha female, but Murrial put her in her place.

I think they should be ok together.

Here is the storm from my porch

Doesn't look like much here, but trust me, it will be a decent one.


Small hail, but plenty of it.

We are waiting on another storm. The TV promises a long night.


A few tornadoes popped up around us. I think the total was four, but I haven't checked the local news yet for the official count. The cold front is through, so we should be done with the storms for now. And it is officially Swing Season. For those new to my blog, Swing Season is a term that we use to describe that time of year that Mother Nature can't make her mind up on, neither winter nor spring, summer nor fall. And it is the time of year that Kansas gets nailed with tornadoes.

We are also in drought. But the storm last night should have lifted the burn ban for a few days. Thank goodness, I need to burn.

Murrial seems to have found her spot in the herd. Not sure what the order is yet, we will officially find that one out when she is included in the milking. Who gets first choice in the stanchion. She is hanging out in the pen with the group now. Unfortunately I have to separate her from the herd, just until her training is closer to be done. She has to come when called before I will let her out into the field.

All is well. Hope my other Kansas readers fared well.


Donna. W said...

Cows aren't nearly as cruel to newcomers as horses. In fact, I've never had a problem with that, and I've probably owned over 200 cows through the years, if you count the bobbies I raised up to six months of age.

Phelan said...

I am worried about an accident more than anything else. I was watching Mama and Murrial, they were pushing on each other and Murrial would begin to turn and came rather close to getting a horn in the eye. ~shudder~

Judy T said...

Hope you all weather the storm well. We have had rain and thunder all day but nothing severe.

SkippyMom said...

Be safe please.

I think the animals will figure this out and behave - that is my hope [not having ever owned farm animals, sorry]

Take care. Thoughts with you Phelan.

granny said...

Mother nature has been rather wild in my part of the world lately too.Bush fires in the south,killing 200 people.And now we are on cyclone alert.Hamish,is a catagory 5 system heading our way,down the coast from up north.So I think we will be getting alot of rain shortly.I hope you all stay safe,the animals are always a worry.

HermitJim said...

Nasty looking storm in the backgroundf all take care!

Hope the critters get the ranks sorted out quickly...before any accidents.

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

I love photos of awesome cloud formations. And lightning...

Hope everything weathers well!

Megan said...

Hope you came through all right!

Gail said...

Stay safe. I hear Kansas is heck for tornados.

Anonymous said...

Hope ya'll made out OK.

Anonymous said...

Scary. At least you're getting some precip. We're dry as a March '07. Another drought like that will kill us.

Let us know how it all works out so we're not worried about you or the cows.

Art Blomquist said...

Hope everything turned out all right. The only tornado we get here is when Xena's buddies come to play.

FancyHorse said...

I'm glad you made it through. How did the farmstead fare? I hope you're feeling better by now.

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