Sunday, July 5, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015
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
Friday, May 29, 2015
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
The swallows are nesting today. I had decided they had passed us by this year because it is so dry.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
One would think that in a valley where the Matanuska Glacier once moved that the gravel would show random deposits of debris. If you enlarge this photo you will see clear signs of stratification indicating water deposit.
Not a hundred feet away near the edge of the Matanuska River cliff you see what looks to a farmer like glacially pushed and deposited gravel- the exception rather than the rule in cuts around here.
These are like pages out of a history book waiting for words. Any geologists around?
I'm starting to think Bella lost her calf. Her and Liberty both came into the herd about six months old without their mothers and still get pounded on a lot. Is this a way for the herd to shut out new genetics???
Found a speedy little heifer that #8 probably delivered yesterday. Heather and Remedy were with me and they got to see grand pa run this little girl down and put in her ear tag- #61. This would not have worked tomorrow! Mom and daughter (cow) kept running so we did not get a picture but they will back eating out of my hand after they bond for a day or two. Remedy did not have a name so we are going to call her Cinco Triple because of the date- 5/15/15.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
We have two names nominated for this gal- Alice, and Daisy.
Grand daughter Remedy went with Alice.
Unusual in that I called the cows for carrots and I kept hearing bellering only to find that #15 had just dropped her calf and she wanted to run to get carrots but didn't want to leave her calf- to her credit. Instead she exercised her first amendment rights to free speech.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
Saturday, April 4, 2015
#42 is a cross from Ade the milk cow. We are hoping we will get smaller calves and easier calving than we had last year.