Last year because of the weather, hay became hard to find around here. We were sweating during January, worried we wouldn't be able to feed our herd. We have just a hair under 50 acres, but it's almost all wooded so not good for hay making (perfect for pigs though!).This year, we are bound and … Continue reading Next to last load
Well, Bessie is nothing if not dramatic this time around at the end of her pregnancy! After all of that worry on Friday evening and all of the treatment for the milk fever, guess what we found on Sunday morning??? This beautiful boy was born! The vet even checked her Friday night while she was … Continue reading Beautiful boy
We just walked in the door (11pm). We've been at the barn since 5:30. Bessie is down. We called for an emergency vet visit - she has milk fever. She seems like she will pull through: she's alert, eating, and drinking. She just can't get up. If Ted hadn't caught it though...she'd have been gone … Continue reading Milk fever!!!
They're so happy when Ted brings them their grain treat. They would follow him to the moon and back because they know he has the opposable thumbs needed to open the grain freezer and pour some into the feed troughs!
Every. Single. Night. I bet the neighbors down the way just hate us.
It is AMAZING how much genetics can carry over from a parent to offspring. Just look at Chip's two sons! Son 1 (8 months old) Son 2 (also 8 months old) Chip earlier this summer (2 years, 4 months old) If you notice, both bull calves have no horns. This is because Chip is mostly … Continue reading Genetics in the herd
"Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible." -Claude T. Bissell When I brought home that little calf who grew up to be Bessie, the matriarch of our herd, people thought I was nuts. Now … Continue reading Quote for my life right now
Bindi, Cookie, and (their mama) Bessie The spiderwebs are everywhere on the fence and gates. I don't see any spiders down there, just gorgeous intricate webs. We're not tearing them down; it's free organic fly control! Looks like fall, y'all!
Ted ran upstairs this morning, and he told me he could hear one of our cows carrying on down around the barn while he was stringing fence for the new pig pasture. He said he was going to run down and look. Ten minutes later he called me from his cell phone and said that … Continue reading TWO WERE BORN TODAY!!!
After Bessie gave birth last week, we were so excited to realize that the heifers would soon have calves, too. We counted up and figured all three would calve within the next month at most. This morning as I headed to work, I noticed Bindi acting strangely. Ted checked as he left and said she … Continue reading Sad about the stillborn