Monthly Archives: April 2017

10th calf 2017

FINALLY – Fiskars had her calf! Went up this morning and saw a cute little white face laying near her. {click here to read about when Fiskars was born}

This is her 3rd calf for us. {click here to read about last year’s calf} We gave Fiskars to Paul when she was a calf, and he promptly renamed her Bubby.๐Ÿ™„  This birth makes her an “official” cow.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ She’s graduated from first-calf heifer, to second-calf heifer, to cow…๐ŸŽ“

It was just Mike & I, so we headed back down to the barn to set the gates/fences up and grab a halter. The calf was pretty laid back and it was easy for Mike to get the halter on it.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

It’s a boy!!๐Ÿ˜Š

Fiskars walked this poor little guy all over Mordor before we got them through the gate. Seemed like it took forever to get them down to the barn. She pretty much zigzagged all the way down, so it’s like he walked double the distance.๐Ÿ˜ฌ Ended up having Paul meet us and carry him to the barn for the last leg. He was tuckered out!๐Ÿฎ

Fiskars meeting Junior…๐Ÿ˜ป

Paul and his girlfriend decided to name him: Jed. “How did you guys come up with that, Paul?” I asked.๐Ÿค” “It was a cross between Jeffrey and Fred, Mom,” replied Paul.๐Ÿ˜ณ Lolol – ok – there ya have it! A perfectly random name from my dry-humored, random child.  Jed.๐Ÿ˜‚โค

Jed ate like a champ this afternoon.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Taking pics was a challenge, though, as Junior photobombed almost every pic, lol…๐Ÿ™ƒ

New tally: 6 boys and 4 girls. Not quite sure exactly how many more we’ll have this season. We think 1 for sure, but it could be 2 or 3…๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Last year, the neighbor’s bull jumped our fence twice. Soooo – if a calf is born before the 27th of this month, it would be from our bull. And any calves after that, would not be…๐Ÿ˜‰ Time will tell how all that will work out. Stay tuned!๐ŸŽฌ

9th calf 2017

Got up to Mordor this morning and saw our heifer RedRobin looking like this:

Sure looked like she had just had a calf – but there was no calf to be seen…๐Ÿ˜ฒ

So Mike and I split up and began searching. I looked inside the fence, and Mike looked outside the fence.๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿป (We try to keep the cows away from this area due to all the briars; but for some reason, they love to hang out right at the edge…๐Ÿ˜ฌ)

Wasn’t but a couple minutes and Mike spotted the calf. Outside the fence. Encased in briars.๐Ÿ™„

Decided to leave it be until we had the halter and the boys to help bring them down. So Mike headed back to the barn, and I waited up in the field for them all to come back. Here is RedRobin staring at where her calf was laying from her side of the fence.

And here is a picture from the opposite direction so you can see the single line of fence sectioning off that area. (RedRobin on the left, and calf hidden on the right.)

Here come my boys…โคโคโค

They positioned themselves around the area in case the calf decided to bolt. (WHICH WAS A REALLY GOOD IDEA, LOL)๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Can kinda see Michael’s head as he waited by his post…๐Ÿ”Ž

As Mike got close, the calf jumped up…

And it took him and Paul to keep the calf from running so they could get the halter on it. NOT fun amidst thick, sticky briars…๐Ÿ˜–

RedRobin started bawling as she heard her calf…

They enjoyed their reunion, and all was well.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Meet our 5th bull: Smith. We are so thankful our second first-timer this year had her calf unassisted and healthy! (First one was Pinetar with her twins.) One more heifer to calve yet this season…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

{Click here to read about when RedRobin was born.}

RedRobin led us all around the outskirts of Mordor. And Smith did a good job following her, but you could tell he was losing some of his steam.

Right about here RedRobin pretty much said goodbye to Smith and started down to the barnyard at a brisk pace…๐Ÿ˜‘

With his mama long gone, Smith lost his momentum and ended up hitching a ride in the wagon the rest of the way…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

(Sorry – couldn’t resist putting that pic in…๐Ÿ˜ป)

Updated tally: 5 boys and 4 girls. (2 more, we think!)๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ