Monthly Archives: April 2019

5th calf 2019

We were so pleased to see that Peggy (the first of the three heifers who are bred for this season), had delivered her first calf without any assistance and it was all cleaned up when we arrived in the field this morning! And how fun that it was so colorful!โค๏ธ [Click here to read about when Peggy was born.]

It’s a boy! We’ve named him Steve. (Figured since his mama’s name came from the Captain America movie, his name should, too, lol.๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Neither Steve, nor Peggy minded Mike getting the halter on him, and he walked at a nice pace all the way down to the barn.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

It was a long morning, but a good one. Once we finally got Peggy in a headlock in the barn, we were able to get her milked just fine. Thank You, Lord!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Should be three calves left to come: two more from first-time heifers, and one from veteran mama, Gluey.๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ

Tally now is 3 girls and 2 boys.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

4th calf 2019

Found our 4th calf when we went up to check on the herd this morning. Meet Ginger! Her mama is Sarge, and she’s the same shade of red as her with a splattering of white in several spots.

This is the fourth calf that Sarge has had for us. Lord willing, Sarge’s first calf, Natasha from 2016, will be having a calf this season, too.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

[Click here to read about the calf Sarge had last year.]

[Click here to read about when Sarge was born.]

When Mike arrived with the halter, Ginger was fine until the last second. That’s when she bolted toward ME – the one who’s terrified of animals!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚ But the Lord had me covered with the prayers leading up to today. His strength enabled me to tackle Ginger and hold her until Mike got to me.โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ Otherwise, we’d probably STILL be running around trying to catch her, lol!โ˜บ๏ธ

Sarge had only one thing on her mind – to get down to the barn. She didn’t seem to care much about waiting for Ginger to keep up. But to Ginger’s credit, she made an excellent effort to stay close! Mike had quite a brisk walk/run most of the way down to the barn. Our bodies felt the workout this morning!๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿผ

Tally now is 3 girls and 1 boy. Lord willing, we should have 4 more arriving within the next few weeks.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

3rd calf 2019

Meet Amber! Was a delight to find her with her mama, Bubby, this morning. This is her 5th calf for us, and she is Paul’s cow.โ˜บ๏ธ

It was a beautiful, warm day to find a calf.โค๏ธ [Click here to read about her calf from last year.] [Click here to read about when Bubby was born.]

She’s a tiny little cutie. AND NOT ALL WHITE like our first 2 calves, lol. Amber is a beautiful shade of red/brown. She had a lot of spunky energy & made the trip down to the barn with no problems.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

Count is now 2 girls, and 1 boy. Lord willing, we have 5 more calves to go.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

FINALLY – 2nd calf 2019

After over a two week wait, we finally have another calf!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

(We did have one two days after Angel was born, but he was born prematurely, and didn’t survive. We were sad he didn’t make it, but grateful that his mom, Coco, is doing aok.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ)

Events like that can make waiting for the next calf feel even longer… So today, I was really excited to see some activity with the dairy girls when I went up to check on them mid-day. There was a group growing around a wooded patch, so I went to investigate…๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ ๏ฟผ

As I got closer, I thought I could see a white form through the brush with LilRed…

Yep. Sure enough. A calf in the briars!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚ I was pretty sure it was a boy, but decided to wait until Mike got back home to get any more adventurous. This would then give LilRed more time to get it cleaned up and perhaps moved into a better area.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

After coffee break, Mike & I headed back up to the field to check things out. Yep – it’s a boy! Meet Frosty. He is LilRed’s third calf for us. [Click here to read about her calf from last year.] [Click here to read about when LilRed was born.] Frosty was very spunky, and full of energy. He is also pretty large, with long, lanky legs. Mike was grateful he didn’t have to carry him! Just like his big sister, he walked all the way down to the barn with his mama. Thank You, Lord!โœ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ

It’s always fun to see how curious everyone is when a new addition parades by their field…๐Ÿ˜†

We moved Angel next door earlier this week, so we don’t have them side-by-side to compare their sizes. As long as Frosty eats well again tomorrow, we’ll probably take him over to join her this weekend. They will have fun running around together!โค๏ธ

Here are some pics from when we moved Angel. She pretty much ran in circles all the way over, lol. I was glad Mike was holding her on the halter and not me!๐Ÿ˜‚

One thing is for sure – Angel is VERY photogenic!โค๏ธ

Both Angel & Frosty have moms who are half shorthorn. We’re excited to see if the calves born to the ones who have less or no shorthorn in them will look the same as these two.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ If not, we may have a hard time telling everyone apart this year!๐Ÿ˜‰

Lord willing, we are expecting 6 more calves…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Current count is: 1 girl, 1 boy.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ