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Snow Storm, February 2011


Tuesday, February 1, 2011. We were hit with 20 inches of snow that came with a blizzard type wind. 4-5' drifts and cold until Sunday.

We lost the reverse gear in the feed truck and it got stuck in the lane just below Bill's house. There it stayed for 10 days making us go around with every load of hay for the cows.

The second day, it was so cold that the 4-wheel John Deere tractor gelled across in the 240 meadow and there it stayed for the next 3 days. We were dependant on neighbors who had running tractors (there were very few) to help us feed. Our only other mode of transport, was either walking or riding a horse.

On Wednesday, February 9, we received another 8 inches of snow (Grove got 25 inches!). Thursday, we hit record cold temperatures all across the state, -31o below in OKCity. We were at -20o degrees in Miami.


Sunday, February 13, we decided to move the spring calving cows from the 155 pasture, past the Indian Housing and past all the barking dogs. Still cold in the morning, but the snow is melting. Horse trailers were useless. We all rode horses from both ranches, down highways and county roads to get to the cattle. They moved easily! Got off the road and they're up to their bellies in snow.

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