Could Be Age Related

After happily posting about our newest calf Mud Dauber and calling his mother Mona I went about filling in his birth information into our master book and realized that Mona wasn’t listed.

What the heck happened to Mona? I was sure Mike had said her name was Mona because that was what my little sticky note with all my important reminder stuff indicated and I wrote that before he left for his get-away. “Keep an eye on Paulette and Mona” was what he said, “Mona is the one with a white patch on her udder.” Continue reading

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Current Bulls Available

Since our advertisement has been running in the Capital Press for our bulls I wanted to highlight some of them so prospective buyers have the information on each one available. These are the ones that are ready for their own herd.

SAF Blue, eartag #16, born 2-11-16 current weight 1100 lbs.

AAA Registration # 18892594 considered a ‘heifer bull’ with good EPD ratings for progeny outcomes high in maternal milk production with low birth weight and vigorous growth. Is ready to begin breeding.

SAF Pirelli, eartag # 21, born 3-26-17 current weight 900 lbs.

AAA Registration # 18892598 considered a ‘heifer bull’. EPD ratings for progeny outcomes showing low birth weights and good yearling growth weights. Mother is mild mannered and did well showing as a heifer and young cow.

SAF Respect, eartag #18, born 3-25-17 current weight 1100 lbs.

AAA Registration # 18892597  considered a ‘heifer bull’. EPD ratings with good yearling weight and high maternal milk. Mother showed as a calf with Grandmother in fairs and shows. Thick bull well muscled.

SAF Zippy, eartag #3, born 4-19-16 currently on loan to a couple of cows at a neighbor farm weighs approximately 1600lbs.

AAA Registration # 18537851 considered a ‘heifer bull’. EPDs with low birth, high yearling weight and good maternal milk. Zippy moves easily from pen to field to trailer. Has smooth gait and calm demeanor.

We also have our main herd sire available for sale.

K C Renaissance, born 1/12/14, approximately 2400 lbs. currently keeping company with our main herd of bred females.

AAA Registration #17861507,  considered a ‘heifer bull’. Very calm demeanor, he does not herd the cows but follows along as they are moving from field to field. We have used this bull for 3 years and his calves are vigorous growers with mild temperaments.

 

 

A Day Of Firewood

The first salvaged alder was cut into manageable chunks and pulled up from the river last week. Today we had the chance to tackle this first tree.

A stack of alder logs piled next to a Gator.The large chunks were cut and split into firewood sized pieces before being loaded into the Gator and hauled up to the outdoor furnace.

It took four Gator loads to clean up this first and smallest of the two trees that fell along the rock bar.

The next tree will take quite a bit longer to clean up because it is almost twice the size of this tree.

Roz Delivered

We have been keeping an eye on both Mona and Paulette for the last couple of weeks expecting one or both to have a calf any day.

A Black Angus cow with newborn in field by fence. It was a bit a surprise to see Roz with a new heifer calf by her side.

Little Zephyr weighed in at 62 lbs on 1/12/2018. We moved the pair into the nursery field with Topanga and her baby Zion.

It was purely coincidence that they both start with the letter Z since Zion was named after national parks/natural areas (Bryce, Coulee. Delta) and Zephyr was named after the line of Roz  Z’s (Zima, Zippy, Zoey). I promise the next calf will not have the first letter Z (mostly because there aren’t enough words under Z in the dictionary) unless the temperature was hovering around Zero (PLEASE NO!) or the newborn began playing the zither shortly after birth.

Topanga and Roz are great mothers, they get along well in the big hay field and when they come to the barn to eat hay. The two calves were wary of each other at first but Zephyr kept following Zion around until the two got used to each other, now they play, cavort and lay down together.

Becoming A Bull

Prowler has been growing steadily since we brought him home in October.

Yearling Angus bull named Prowler stands at fence line. He is now a full year old and has been acting ‘more bully’ by  more closely following the two pregnant cows and three heifers that he has been spending time with. It seems that all three of the heifers were not bred as we had thought and Prowler has decided it is time for him to grow up.

The one heifer was ‘slow to settle’ when she was with the main herd sire. That is lingo for not getting bred right away but we did not see her come back into heat after we took the sire away an had assumed that all was good.

Prowler has let us know in no uncertain terms that we were mistaken, and has also informed us that he is ready to take on more responsibilities around the farm.