Friday, May 27, 2016

Easter #39 Delivers Stillborn Heifer

Easter #39 delivered a large heifer that might have been saved had I been there a couple of hours sooner.  Mom was able to get up after some struggles and will be fine.

I suspect that #31 has lost her calf.  She was a mile away by herself an not apparently pregnant.

On the brighter side on this beautiful day, the swallows are nesting and apparently using a lot of my home made nesting sights.  I looked out to find dozens of them outside the barn listening to the music being blue toothed through the boom box from my Kindle.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sustainable Pasture Day- May 15

Official sustainable pasture day on Wolverine Farm- May 15. This is determined when the cows do not come back to the manger for our best hay. Kind of like the day the birds didn't come back to Noah's ark!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

#39 Delivers Heifer #75- 5/17/16

#39 Had her first calf- a large very strong red pointed white calf.  Mother was bleeding a lot so I left them to heal and bond.

By the 20th they were both looking great.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tierra #2 Delivers her 12th Calf

Yesterday morning (5/10/16) Tierra #2 was missing so I knew she must be hiding her calf.  Spent most of the morning covering the expanded pasture twice when I found her up on a bench in an alder patch overlooking the river licking off a new born pitch black heifer that was instantly tagged with #74.  This is the first of the dozen that Tierra has delivered that was black.  Strange when the bull was white.  Black is a common Galloway color but I've been told white is dominant when there is a choice.  All proof that recessive genes do exist.  The heifer took its first steps and Tierra continued to clean her up.  She is an exceptional mother.

 I would need to check but I don't believe she has ever had a bull so she has a lot of relatives in the herd that 14 years ago was only 6.

Saw the first swallows of the season.

Friday, May 6, 2016

#36 Delivers #73- 5/5/16

#36- one of our red tipped heifers delivered a red tipped calf- #73.  She showed up at the feeder and then went off and hid.  When I found them the calf jumped up and outran its mother.  This will be one that got away.  If it is a boy I will name him Moses.  Like the Jewish women that the Egyptian midwives reported were "lively" so that they delivered before they could get to the scene and catch the babies.  That will be the reputation of #36.  I will reserve the tag and put it in next time the herd goes through the squeeze chute.  Will have to determine gender the hard way- by long distance observation.

5/7/16 determined he is a boy- Moses he will be!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Diminished- Beef Booby Trap

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                                                                                     After

The only natural water in the early pasture cow lot is from a spring on the edge of a cliff 100 feet over the Matanuska River.  On hot days the cows crowd down there and over the years many of them have been pushed over the cliff.

The first time that happened- six of them went over.  One washed way and two drowned.  It took most of the summer to slash a trail and lead out the three survivors.

Yesterday I took the chainsaw and felled two cotton wood trees across the bottom end of the spring to create a barrier which will be reinforced with ropes.  Hopefully this will be the end of feeding our prime beef to the belugas.

Monday, April 25, 2016

4/25/16 #19 has #72 White/Black Heifer

Another gal just about got away.  Sometime before morning check and mid afternoon #19 slipped away and came back with a feisty white heifer #72.  I ran her down and sat on her only to find I had forgotten to put my tags in my pocket.  So I had to repeat the process half an hour later.  Also in the visits to the pasture today was the help of Granddaughter Remedy.  She is learning to stand quietly so the calves don't spook.