In our feedlot, the mud is almost literally belly-deep for the cattle.
Thankfully it's not this bad everywhere or the beasties would be in trouble from foot-rot or other ailments. But they have to wade through this muck before achieving the dry island under the awning where the feedboxes are located. The woods are also fairly dry, but the feedlot is simply a mess.
And Raven, one of our cows, is due to give birth at any moment. We decided to pull her into the driveway area (which is dry) until she calves. We don't want to risk a newborn getting mired in the muck, or born in the woods.
Raven had no problems with getting out of that sludge!
You can see how -- ahem -- broad in the beam she is.
But the biggest indicator is her udder, which is bagging up. When that happens, birth usually happens within a week.
So Raven will stay in the driveway until her baby is born.
With inclement weather moving in and out, I like knowing she has maximum protection.
So for the moment, life is pretty good for Raven. She's dry, she can gorge on all the hay she wants, and she has a little calf to look forward to. Doesn't it look like she's smiling?