Our 4/19/17 calf Dial, has been growing steadily and enjoys being right in the middle of the herd.
The other day I noticed Dial away from most of the cows, it looked like she was trying to hide in a clump of trees. near some old stumps. These happened to be seedlings that we had planted along the ditch that runs to the river. The seedlings were planted at the same time we were filling in plants in the riparian area.
Little Dial was standing right in the middle with spruce, maple, alder and dogwood seedlings that made her look like a giant.
The plants were not harmed in anyway by the little visitor, in fact she left a little fertilizer for the trees before she left.
Nothing appeared unusual when we looked toward the three outdoor feeders. Upon a closer look we noticed one of the calves had figured out that he could reach hay easier if he simply just stepped inside the feeder.
This calf had been sneaking into the feeders over the last week, but I had not caught him at it until this day. He is pretty good at keeping the operation undercover, he only stays in long enough to grab some good bites that was left from the herd and then he steps back out before laying down or pooping inside the feeder.
When he noticed us looking at him, he casually stepped out and meandered over to the herd like nothing had happened.
The newest member of the herd arrived on Monday 3/18/17, he was delivered to #89 Marlo and weighed in at 75 lbs.
We knew Marlo was about due, when we fed the rest of the main herd she was missing from the count. We found her safe and sound up along the old railroad grade. with her calf by her side. The underbrush was a little hard to walk around for the newborn, but the tall timbers kept most of the rain off while the tall banks of the grade made a nice windbreak.
We fed Marlo some hay and left the pair to bond while we fed the main herd further out in the field so they could have quality mommy/baby time.
Our newest member of the herd was born on 2/11/17 to mother #68 Sapphire.
Welcome to the farm Blue, a frisky bull that weighed in at 72 lbs.
The heavens must be aligned strangely this year for this is the 3rd calf to be born on the wrong side of the river. Normally most babies are born down along the 6 acre field, up on the hillside or back by the spring. This is a rarity indeed. Continue reading
Early morning labor pains brought Zippy into the world about daybreak. Roz, one of our more mature cows, had Zippy easily and she had him cleaned off and ready to join the herd for breakfast.
The bull calf, Zippy, was born 4/19/16 and weighed a moderate 75bs.
After I had found the heifer laying on top of an old stump, I found one of the bull calves doing the same thing on a shorter stump.
This little guy is only about a month old. He fits on this stump much easier than his older half-sister did.
It was between showers, when I was feeding the animals in the show barn one morning. The three calves had been huddled along the cement wall of the barn, simply enjoying the sunshine.
When the calves saw that the manger was full of hay, two of them got up and headed over for breakfast. This lazy calf was too drowsy to bother. She stayed sprawled out with her head resting on the bottom metal rung of the gate taking in all the warming sun she could.
Don’t worry, she finally woke up enough to mosey over for some hay before the rest of the critters cleaned it all up, and she was able to nurse right after that.