Saturday, April 5, 2014

Life begins on the farm and sometime needs a little help!

This little boy was born a couple of weeks ago and made it against the odds. First of all he was born with the sac over his head but the Cow knew what to do. He laid there a minute, it seemed like a long time to me. I was photographing with my 500mm lens from start to finish. I called my husband and told him the calf was on the ground but not moving and had the sac over it's head. He headed my way but it would have been too late by the time he got there. Thank goodness she cow pulled it off and the calf started to move. They are supposed to break thru the sac when they are born but sometimes they don't. She started licking him and talking to him in her Mom voice. If you have never heard this it's really something. As they are licking it dry they are also nudging and making noises to their new calf. Notice the hooves of the calf are a white color, they are born with their hooves soft so they don't break the sac while they are still in the womb.They harden up in a few days. It was getting very late in the afternoon as we watched this miracle but the calf could never really get on it's feet and stay up. It was supposed to be very cold that night so finally my husband grabbed him up and we took him to the garage and gave him a bottle. About 10:00pm Richard took him back to his Mom so she could smell him and bond with him but brought him back to the garage to spend the night. You see us feeding him a bottle and that is my leg he is resting his head on while he sleeps. The next morning he was hungry and we took him back to his Momma and life was good. Our colder than normal March found us bringing in more babies that usual for a warm up and a helping hand. They all survived! I love farm life.

Friday, March 14, 2014

The view from my window.

This is the view looking out of my utility room window. Blue Mason Jars, love them. I don't even mind doing the laundry here.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Everything looks better in Mason Jars don't you think??

I like to put all my staples in beautiful mason jars. I just like the way they look don't you??

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Brown Eggs.

Is it just me or do brown eggs taste better? Well one thing is for sure, they sure make a pretty picture in a thrift shop beautiful dish. By the way I think I paid fifty cents for the dish at Goodwill and it is sitting on a lazy susan I bought at the flea market last summer, painted and put some french words on it.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Welcome to the Family!

I don't know how much you all know about cattle but when a new baby is born it's kind of like the Welcome Wagon. All the cows come to see and smell and protect the little one. It's one of the sweetest things you will ever see. This little girl was born last Saturday, Richard and I were checking on them Sunday and I just happened to be there at the right time. We had caught her to ear tag her and when she bawled here they all came to protect her. These cows you see around her are all young heifers, her Mom is standing back just watching. They smell and nuzzle her and I think tell her they are here if she needs protection. It's really pretty touching. I wish you all could see this in person, it's really incredible. I love Farm Life!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Let me tell you a secret! Will you be my Valentine?

This sweet baby of ours telling the other sweet baby a secret. Take note of the heart around his eye. I believe it is for Valentine's Day. These two calves were born on the same day two weeks ago, they are one week old in the picture and best friends. We brought both of them to the house to warm them up, in fact I used my blow dryer on the black and white one. They are still in the barn because it has been so cold but are doing fine. I will put more pictures on later this week of them.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

We saved her life!

This little girl was born week before last in below zero temperatures. We did not want any calves to be born in January but sometimes it just can't be helped. I was ready to leave for work when my husband Richard called me and said he needed help. I called my work to tell them I would be late. I drove to the field where they were and there he was with a new curly haired calf in the truck. He needed me to drive while he held her and hopefully the Mom would follow us. She did for a while but then we lost her because she couldn't see or smell her calf. He got out and carried her to the tailgate, showed her to her Mom and off we went with her following. She lost sight of the baby again and turned and started running back to the field where she had the baby. I turned and tried to head her off with my husband by this time laying in the bed of the truck trying to hold an 85 pound calf. I kept asking him if he was all right and he says just drive and head her off. Well, she went all the way to the back field so when we head her off he gets off and carries the calf to her so she can smell it. Once again we head for the barn which is quite a long way off. Keep in mind it is below zero and my husband is riding on the tailgate. You can see the strain on his face in the one picture because she is heavy. We get to the barn I jump out and open the gate to the stall and he carries the baby in and she goes in too. After he gets some hay down for them to lay on and we stuff hay in the holes where wind is blowing he puts the baby in the truck floor for about 45 minutes to get her dry and warm. She had just came into this cold world a little while before. I bet she thought WHOA, put me back in there where it was warm. We kept them in the barn about a week because of the cold and she is doing great now.We named her Curley Sue!