Hey Ma, What’s All That White Stuff?

Ah May, that wonderful month when the flowers bloom, the corn gets planted, the cows are turned out onto green pastures and we get two inches of snow.

Wait…snow?

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Yes Bambi, that’s snow.

So yeah, Carolyn has her garden started, I have new grass coming up, and we’ve got all our calves on the ground. And it freakin’ snows. In May.

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As you can see, this is snow on Carolyn’s garden. She quickly knitted a sweater for every one of her little peas and onions.

Yes, I realize that if you live in North Dakota or Canada (eh?) you might not think much of that. But this is South Dakota. Southern South Dakota. We’re zone 5 for crying out loud!

Plant Hardiness Zones

Zone 5, the zone where it is NOT SUPPOSED TO SNOW AFTER CAROLYN STARTS HER GARDEN!!!

Needless to say, it has been a mess around here since that snow. In our county over 100 power poles were broken due the the heavy, wet snow on the lines. It’s going on two days and several people still don’t have power.

The big thing with this kind of weather for a veterinarian is that this is the perfect kind of weather to cause calves to come down with scours (diarrhea). As cattle ranchers we utilize a number of tools to help prevent scours, including vaccination and calving on clean pastures. But when mother nature turns against you, your best laid plans can just go to heck in a handbasket. And you end up doing a full gambit of treatment on calves, which includes rehydration via oral or IV fluids, balancing the blood pH to correct acidosis, and antibiotic therapy.

The good news is that yesterday it started to actually feel like May again and the temperature made it to 58 F. Today it is going to be warmer still, so our snow is all but gone. I hope not to see it again until Christmas.

-Jake

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