When I drove to town today, I saw four deer standing on the road. I stopped back a ways to let them decide what they wanted to do. Finally they turned around and jumped back through the snow, the way they’d come. They were struggling in snow up to their shoulders. I’ve heard some areas have starving deer because of that, and the cold weather we experienced earlier. So I’m glad to come home and see “our” deer standing by the storage barn, waiting for their lunch of corn. They also munch hay in our hay yard. We don’t begrudge them a mouthful. I’m hoping the warmer weather we’re experiencing now (mid 20’s) will last awhile — I know we sure appreciate it.
This afternoon, Will is going to be loading our last Angus steer into the trailer to go to the processing plant. He’s a beautiful animal and will make wonderful meat for those who have purchased halves and quarters. (If you’d like to learn more about meat for the homestead, check out my article of the same name in Issue #137 of Backwoods Home Magazine or the Twenty-Third Year Anthology, as well as my more recent article “Raising your own beef” in Backwoods Home Magazine, Issue #175) We won’t be having any more steers to butcher until next winter. I always feel sad when we load one of our steers, just like I do after shooting a deer during hunting season. But we sure appreciate having the meat! — Jackie