Cows go for a Walk in the Woods

Today, I decided to take a walk through our farm woods with the boys. The sun is out, it is nearly 30 degrees and I had recently gotten snow shoes for Christmas. So, with nearly 70 pounds in the sled (two boys), I took off.

We didn’t make it very far. The snow shoeing part was easy, it was the pulling the sled too that made the journey difficult. Also, about ten minutes into our hike, Jonnie got snow in his mitten and you would have thought the world was ending. Ohh well. We did get to see and identify some animal tracks (rabbits and mice) in the snow and enjoy some fresh air.

We also spied the cows up to no good. With over 30 inches of snow, fences mean nothing on our farm. Either the fence is buried or the line is grounded somewhere so there is no power. It isn’t a huge deal, the cows are in a protected area away from the highway and of course they don’t venture too far from the food. Now if our heifers were out, that would have been a different story all together (teenagers can cause trouble).

The cows were also enjoying the warmth and sun. They had made their way down to the farm pond. As soon as I reached them to take a picture, they looked up at me in a way that said “ohh, you caught us,” and started walking back to the barn. They weren’t really in trouble (as long as they all come in for milking).

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Emily

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy.  We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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4 responses to “Cows go for a Walk in the Woods

  1. Beautiful pics Emily! Those cows can’t get too far in 30 + inches of snow I am sure even with fences buried. I had the girls bundled up for a walk in the sled yesterday and we didn’t past our driveway. We had every boot, mitten and hat issue you can imagine!

  2. Shannon Seifert

    I love it! Our “teenagers” got out today! Our fences are also buried, grounded, or just too short…they can walk right over them! Good to know we are not the only dairy farmers with cows walking right out of their pens this time of year!

  3. april hernandez

    I really injoy your e-mails I wish that I lived on a farm and raise cows and horses, at least I know that at the end of the day I did something good for the world and animal kind. I think if I did raise cows it would only be for milking. my father was raised on a hog and dairy farm out in norwood young america he tells me stories of the farm life way back when he was a child and it sounds like an honest days work but fun at times because you can spend time with your family while you are working the farm.Thank You for all the hard work you do to better man kind by teaching the world about where your food should come from and farming the right way!

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