The view from the hayloft at feeding time.

This photo was taken a few weeks ago, while the snow fell outside and the wind whistled around the eaves. I’d just given the cattle half a bale of prairie hay and was spreading a thick bed of fresh straw. Notice the chickens scratching through the straw near the doorway. Chickens are like that — toss down new straw and they rush in like it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet for the scratch & peck crowd.

The fat brown cow is Rosie, our younger Jersey milk cow. Her mother, Lottie, is still a bit thin but recovering nicely from this winter’s illness and injuries. The two calves with them are half Jersey, half Limosin and growing fast.