Sunday, July 5, 2015

Heifer #28 lost last calf of the year- 7/5/15

Have been watching #28 for weeks and finally she disappeared yesterday- July 4.  Found her on the 5th in the deepest, most remote alders grieving a large calf that was stillborn.  Evidence was that she had struggled in this area for quite a while.

Opened the new pasture to the herd.

7/2/15 Yearling Bulls go to work

#47 and Gideon # 42, both yearlings went to work today.  Was going to wait until the 4th but one of the large cows that didn't take last year was in heat so the boys went through the chute to get cleaned up and were let out into the cows.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Good Taste

Last week we ran out of cull carrots.  So, I bought a 5 pound bag of California carrots to hand out as treats.  I gave the first treat to Bella.  She chewed it a while and then spit it out.  I then threw down another carrot for all comers to fight over.  They sniffed and nuzzled that carrot but it was never eaten.  Amazing for cows that just days before had been used to eating three thousand pounds at a time.  In fact, when it was carrot time they would get pretty vocal with impatience- they loved them.

Friday, June 5, 2015

#10 live birth this year #65 Heifer

I looked for an hour last night and couldn't find #10.  This morning I found out why- she showed up with a large strong heifer.  Was able to run her down after she crashed into a current bush.  She became #66 after a loud bellow and all the cows ran over to defend the noisy endangered newcomer.  All that was left for the camera was their backsides as they ran off.

Friday, May 29, 2015

#27 surprises us with strong white bull #65- 5/29/15

Our little red head surprised us.  Billy and I were taking the tractor out to fix fence when we jumped #27 and a new born white bull in an alder patch.  They ran to the next gully.  Last year she had a white heifer that I never got tagged (#39) for almost a year.

After fixing the fence I walked in and the red head was pretty subtle.  Normally it is easy to find the calf by just following the gaze of mom but she gave no such clues.  I finally found him hidden behind a log and sat on him just as he was leaping out.   After the tag- #65- he was not wanting to run- just gave me that very disappointed hurt look.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Matriarch #2 Tierra has a Black Heifer #64 5/28/15

I had given Tierra a carrot and observed that she was really bagged up.  Then I noticed an untagged calf nearby.  She was big and strong and became #64.  Tierra shifted into mama mode as soon as I sat on her calf.

The swallows are nesting today.  I had decided they had passed us by this year because it is so dry.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

#11 has nice black heifer #63 on 5/24/15

#11 was cleaning off a nice little heifer- #63 on this May 24, 15