Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bottle Calf Baby

It's been a while since my last blog. I have been really busy and now we have spring calving season upon us. Started last week with 12 babies in a week. On Wednesday we had a problem. During the night on Tuesday we had a cow have a pretty big calf and she had trouble. The next morning when my husband was checking babies they were laying down in the field but before long he realized the mom couldn't get up. Sometimes when they have a big calf or have trouble they can get a pinched nerve in their hips or legs. Sometimes they never come out of it but we were determined to save them both. This cow is the daughter of our Lucky Girl we raised on a bottle 5 years ago. We quickly ordered a contraption that would go on her hips and my husband could lift her with the tractor a few times a day for 30 minutes or so to hopefully get her legs working again. This would mean in addition to all his other work on a working cattle farm he would have to give her a lot of special attention like carry her feed and water along with trying to get her back up. We also were giving her steroid shots for four day and a muscle enhancer. Also we had to bring the calf to the barn to bottle feed. No way for her to get milk if Mom can't stand so here we are raising Lucky's granddaughter now on a bottle. She is now up and walking on her own. Still having a bit of trouble with one hoof turning under at the first joint but that is getting better too. Tomorrow the baby will get a bigger pen. It's 10:00pm and she just got her last bottle. She talks to us when she sees us coming. I guess for now we are Mom and Dad.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Black & White

When I came home the other night from work I saw this in the field. The four black cows all laying in a row and then there was Whitey just trying to blend in. And of course there is always one going the wrong way.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Reflections on Sunrises

As I look back over the last 10 days or so and all these beautiful sunrises I see God painting a picture and each one is it's own unique beautiful painting. Which one do I like the best? I would never be able to decide. They are all so different and all their own. But I do know I am blessed that my two little dogs want to go out at this time of day so I can see this awesome miracle each and every day that God gives me life. Love living on this farm and seeing this everyday.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winter in Missouri and a Little Love

We have it now where our calves are born in the spring and fall so they are a little older when the cold weather hits. A few years ago we were having them in the winter and lots of them were born when it was so cold we had to bring them in and warm them up. You always take a risk that the Mom won't take them back. Sometimes even have to keep them in the garage overnight. We pull our Bulls now so the calving is right. It also allows us to take a vacation and my husband and I go hunting every November in Wyoming togethe and not have to worry about babies being born. We have to be here when they are in case there is trouble with one being born. Here is a cutie getting some loving from Momma yesterday morning.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Farm house sign

A sign I had made for the house but right now using it on the porch.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New fall babies

Wow, it's been a while since I blogged. I have had a busy summer, went on a family vacation, left on July 4th, 11 of us to Dauphin Island, Alabama. And right now we are in the middle of fall calving season so we are pretty busy but I love this time of year. I have been decorating the house for fall and I am now ready to take all the flowers that are starting to look weary and replace them with pumpkins and Indian corn. I have also been doing a lot of antiquing with some friends and picked up several new things. I will post those pictures soon but for now here is me and two of the newest babies on the farm.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Life with Cookie

A couple of months ago we adopted a kitten and I named her Cookie. She rode for several miles underneath a car to town where a friend of mine works. My friend emailed me for advice about how to get her out. It was a rainy day and the girls at the bank were dressed for work so couldn't lay on the ground and no one could reach far enough up under the car to get a hold of her. I called one of the women I know that helps with animal rescues and she said would go as soon as she could. In the back of my mind during all these emails I was thinking about taking her. They finally got her out and took her inside and put her in a box. You know the drill, some of them wanted her but for whatever reasons couldn't take her. So here I go, I walk in the bank and say "Are you all giving away kittens today with a deposit". So that's how it came to be that Cookie now lives with us. After a vet visit to get checked out to make sure she hadn't been hurt during the ride, and to check out her eye, one pupil is smaller than the other one, she had a clean bill of health. A hundred dollars or so later which when I went to pay the bill was already paid by my friend that had hoped I would take her she sat in my lap and home we went. It took a few weeks for our dog Molly to get used to her but now they are romping through the house like crazy. My friend Karen says Cookie won the lottery to get to live at our house.