State of the Farm

This has been a year for the record books. An almost non-existent winter (no complaints there), monsoons and tornadoes (a little good, but more bad), and then we go from wet and cool to hot and dry over a two day period (too much too soon). While we expect both hot and dry each year, we don’t usually see such a rapid transition, leaving no time for a gradual acclimation. So when I watch the weatherman at night and see temperatures that I find no higher than any July, I realize it is not the temperature but the sudden rise from the low to mid 80’s to the mid to high 90’s that makes it feel hotter than usual. Our blood did not have time to thin out over a longer period of time, and the creatures of JVF have the same issue. When you would usually see them grazing as late as 10 in the morning, they are looking for shade at 8:30 or 9. When they would usually return to the pasture by 4 pm, instead they are waiting until 5:30 or 6. They will get back to their routine – it will just take a while longer. Thin that blood out and burn a little fat off.