Another heifer #66 had a white/red tipped bull- #87. I noticed them while I was tagging Cinderella's calf. I'm not having a clue this year about who is next to calf. The body profile is so different when they are on hay instead of carrots. It's hard to tell that some of them are even pregnant and then they show up with a calf! #66 looks so bedraggled. I can't imagine how she got so filthy. It had rained that morning so perhaps she had been rubbing a dirt bank and then the rain spread it around.
I noticed Cinderella had emptied something in the morning check but couldn't find a calf. That evening she came out with a large black bull- #86. She used a spot on the edge of the cliff where I've not seen anyone calve before. I was concerned that maybe it had fallen over the cliff. They are running with the herd now and the calves (now 7) are racing around each other.
On Thursday or Friday of last week I find this emaciated guy standing knee deep in runoff water drinking his fill. No one shows interest in him so he is either a twin that was rejected or the survivor of #62 who didn't survive calving which would mean this guy- now named Swamp Water (or Swampy according to Heather and Remedy)- survived 4 days with no colostrum and only swamp water. We got some milk replacer in him and found a mother at FaceBook Friend Melissa Cherry Reimer's herd that needed a baby.
#51 went as far away as possible to drop her heifer- #81. She was less than 24 hours old but jumped up and ran across entirely across section 17 with her mom to join the herd. Just call her Speedy. She finally got in a corner of the corral where I could tag her.
The driveway to the farm is almost hidden so we solved that problem by planting a 24 foot carrot at the entrance. You can learn more about Wolverine Farm at www.wolverinefarm.com
Three Generations- 1987
Four Generations- 1999
The Ralph and Maxine progeny have evolved into a family with international roots that include Korea, Scotland, and India. In like fashion, the products of Wolverine Farm have expanded from potatoes and dairy to carrots, beef, eggs, berries and a broad spectrum of products. It has morphed from a sole proprietorship to an umbrella that covers a variety of businesses that market directly, through farmer's markets, and through commercial outlets.