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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

1st calf 2019

Mike found Uno with her new addition this morning…

Since we’d already made arrangements to bring home a couple more loads of hay this morning, we decided to stick to that plan and bring Uno down with her calf after that.

Was fun waiting and wondering if it was a boy or a girl! We’ve never had a calf with so much white before. No doubt that’s because of our new bull – Mr. Sandman:

We headed up later in the morning, and saw extra activity around one of the round-bale feeders…๐Ÿ˜‚

Got a little closer, and saw the reason. This is a first for us – a calf in a “play pen”, lol!

Welcome, Angel!โค๏ธ She is Uno’s 4th calf for us. [Click here to read about Uno’s calf last year.] [Click here to read the post when Uno was born.]

Mike got the halter on Angel and lifted her through the feeder. She was a champ and made the mucky trek down to the barn with her mama.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Her color-tipped ears are just darling…๐Ÿ˜

She ate like a champ!โค๏ธ

Whiney was pretty happy, too…๐Ÿ˜ป

Hard to believe this is our 13th season of calving! I just went and counted how many calves we’ve had over that period and am completely amazed. Angel is the 145th calf born here!๐Ÿ˜ฑ

To the best of our knowledge, we’re expecting 8 more calves this season.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฎ

Lord, we are so grateful for how You’ve sustained us each and every year. Thank You for allowing us to care for these animals, and for providing nourishment from them for our family and so many others. Prepare us to handle whatever comes of this season, and grow us as You see fit through both the ups and the downs. It is a joy to see Your hand all around us! Amenโค๏ธโœ๏ธ

Rendering suet into tallow 2018

Now that all our beef for the year have been taken to the butcher shop, we’ve got suet that needs rendered into tallow. We’ve learned to do it as soon as we get it or it takes up precious freezer space for too long since there never seems to be a “good day” to plan to render, lol.๐Ÿ™„ So – despite it being 88ยฐ and humid today, onward we go!๐Ÿ™ƒ

Here are summary pictures from today and links for more details from earlier years are at the end.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

(The favorite part for me is cleaning up at the end of the process with super hot water & our tallow soap!โ˜บ๏ธ)

[click here to read about our experience rendering in 2013]

[click here to read about tallow in skincare]

[click here to read about an old lesson I learned that had tallow in it]