Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spring and new Babies

Spring is coming really soon and that means new faces on the farm and someone is always on the wrong side of the fence and needs a helping hand. I'm glad my husband is stronger than me. Not sure I could lift a 80 to 100 pound baby across the fence. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spring 2017

We are up to 45 new baby calf's running around the farm, here are a few cute faces. Its been a whirlwind. First one was born on Valentines's Day. Lots of playing, running, & jumping going on around here. I love this time of year and then we will have another round in the fall.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sunsets and more.

I know I've been missing for a while but just been so busy and will try to get back on blogging track. This blog was inspired by the beautiful sunsets we have been seeing lately off the front porch.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Nature, beautiful but also sad!

We all love nature, but while beautiful it can also be very sad. We had a bird, a Killdeer Momma nesting almost on the road from the house to the barn. They always nest in the most vulnerable places it seems. I only got a picture with two eggs but she ended up with 4 beautiful eggs in her nest. My husband put up a post next to her nest so no one would run over it, every time he drove past he said something to her like "When are those babies going to hatch". or "You are a good Momma". We worried about her when it poured down rain or was a little cold at night. We went over to take pictures and she would get off the nest and act wounded flapping her wing like it was broken and make loud noises at us. That's what they do to try to detour harm from their nest. In essence she would give her life for the eggs. One day Richard, my husband got back from town just in time to save her eggs from a snapping turtle almost to the nest. A couple mornings later he came in from feeding the bottle calf and said all her eggs are gone and I don't see her. We figure either another Snapping Turtle, a Black Snake, or a Coyote got them, I don't know what happened to her although I'm sure she wouldn't hang around if her eggs were gone. Needless to say I cried and my husband with the big heart had tears in his eyes too. Yes we hunt, yes we raise beef cattle, and sometimes have to do things we don't like on this farm but we also take care of a little bird, at least we tried. And that my friends is the wonderful and cruel world of nature.

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.