Early April With The Herd


The calves are growing fast and are now playing with each other. They head-butt, push each other about and wrestle. Sometimes they chase each other and the cows will join in the fun. In the pasture near our house, the cows are only about two years old so they are still just kids themselves. We think of them as teenagers.

I’ve been waiting for a sunny, warm evening with no wind so I could take some video of the young cows and their first calves. In Kansas, still warm evenings in the spring are a tall order, but yesterday it finally happened. Well, at least the sunny and non-windy part. It was 40 degrees, no exactly warm, but it was tolerable.

So here’s a little slice of peace and tranquility (well, except for the train) in our little corner of the country:

The train tracks are about a half mile away to the north and most days we can barely hear the trains. But when the wind is out of the north, it’s like the trains are going through our yard. We don’t mind though. It sounds wistful, don’t you think?

Have a peaceful day everyone!



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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10 Responses

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Did that momma cow come around and accept her calf yet??

    • Suzanne says:

      Not yet. She’s still being stubborn. She may come around yet. Her calf is her only company, so you’d think she would at least make friends.

  2. Jody says:

    Oh, yes. The sound of a train in the distance just adds to the scene. The home place where I grew up was close to the railroad track, and the sound of a train always reminds me of home. Very comforting.

    • Suzanne says:

      They recently increased the number of trains that run by our farm each day, so we’re hearing more trains than ever now, but we don’t mind. Good choice of words, it is a comforting sound. Have a nice day Jody!

  3. Jay says:

    With more trains, you have to be extra careful crossing the tracks north of your home. I’ll have to remember that when I come back this fall to help Larry Stover with the harvest. Love your blog! By the way, you are living in the house that my grandpa and my folks owned and lived in for many years.

    • Suzanne says:

      Yep, no crossbar, no lights. We’re on our own when crossing the tracks there. There was talk of putting in a crossbar, but we’ll see.
      We’ve made a lot of changes in the house, you should stop by sometime and see. Thanks Jay!

  4. Rose Blanton says:

    Love your pictures and videos! I love spending time like this with my cattle! Love the calves kicking up their heels with that tail straight up, learning to fly!! You’ve got some very nice looking Angus!! Is that the Union Pacific RR tracks? My Hubby is a Freight Conductor between Herington and KC, so I was curious!

    • Suzanne says:

      Thanks Rose! Yes, it is a UP line. Most of the time the trains are empty coal cars headed ultimately to Wyoming.

  5. Becky L says:

    Enjoyed the cows and calves. Thanks for sharing. It’s fun to watch them interact and run. Tails high! aw, the country. Lovin’ it for sure. I kinda miss that.

  6. JB says:

    Thanks for the video….I grew up on the farm and my favorite afternoons were spent sitting under the big tree at the end of the pasture watching cow/calves and reading a book. Memory lane!!

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