Pente

It was a busy day on 1/25/2017, Suduko delivered a cute little heifer just after Granite had been born to Opal. The pair was moved into the nursery field along with the 4 other pairs.

Mike had noticed Suduko in labor, he thought there would be enough time to fill the stock tanks with water in the bull pen before checking on the progress. By the time he checked, Pente was already standing and nursing. Suduko is one of the more senior cows and has this delivery thing down pat.

Pente weighed in at a light 65lbs, even though she was tiny she was born hungry. Suduko is a good milker and Pente will grow quickly.

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Granite

Newborn Black Angus bull calf in field.Baby number four has arrived on the farm.

Cow #162, Opal, had a big bull calf on 1/25/2017. Granite weighed in at 80 lbs, and has been moved into the nursery field with the other two cow/calf pairs.

Normally, I like to take a pic with both mother and baby, but Granite had other ideas. He chased the dog and the Gator around the field while his momma was busy eating hay. He only stopped long enough to pee then continued on his adventures. He eventually ran around enough to end up back by his mother before settling down on a pile of hay.

Catching Moisture

One of the reasons we don’t house the main herd inside the barn during the winter is the need for clean, thawed water for the animals.

Ice in buckets that are collecting drips from barn roof.The main herd is across the river and there is no electricity over there. No lights in the barn and no way to get water.

The cows are able to free roam to the spring in the far back of the place, to drink from the spring that breaks out along the hillside, or go down to the river for water.

The one cow and calf that we have in the barn,with access to the nursery field, do have a water tub inside the barn and we have to pack buckets of water to replenish as needed. A cow will drink 10-15 gallons of water a day, milking cows may drink up to twice that amount to be able to continue producing a healthy supply of milk to their calves.

We have had quite a bit a snow that was on the roof of the barn, so we placed buckets and tubs along the drip line of barn. Most days, once the sun came out, the buckets would fill during the day and we could dump them inside for the cow to drink.

When the temps dip down into the low teens, as they have in the last week, the collecting tubs at the drip line and the water tub inside are all frozen solid. We have resorted to hauling buckets full of hot water down the driveway, across the county road, along toward the river, over the bridge, across the pasture to the barn and through two gates to replenish the water supply.

Weather forecasters are calling for a warming trend next week…until then, I’ll be packing.

Faked Out By a Scratch

It had been a full week since I was fooled by our six year old cow named Scratch. To me she looked like she was near calving. I pulled her away from the main herd and moved her into the nursery field where she could calve in a clean, grassy field away from the crowd.

She put up with the move and got reacquainted with the cows that have their new calves with them, but she was not content. Two days later, when I had the gate open to take hay to the main herd, she calmly walked out the gate and back to her non-birthed friends. Day after day, she scoffed at me while feeding (this may have been just my imagination).

She simply refused to deliver and refused to live in the nursery field, until today. Her calf, Scrappy was born early this morning weighting in at 68 lbs., not far from the main herd.

Black Angus Mother and newborn calf being herded toward field.She and her calf needed to be moved off the hillside and back out into the nursery field. Today marked day number seven since I thought she was ready to deliver.

Scratch is now more than happy to hang with the other mothers and babies in the nursery field.

Rivera

Our cow #195, Bali, had her calf. Rivera weighed 75 lbs. at birth near the back corner of the property behind the spring.

Balck Angus cow Bali and her calf Rivera at mealtime.

Bali is a mild mannered cow and had no issue with me coming in just minutes after birth of her baby and assisting the little one to stand and walk along the hillside toward the nursery field.  She knew that she would be fed once she walked her calf to the field and she led the way across three muddy ditches and through the open gate.