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2nd & 3rd calves 2017

TWIN GIRLS!!๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Meet Maple and Syrup. Mike was delighted to see that one of our two bred heifers (Pinetar) not only had one cleaned-up, full-tummied calf this morning, but TWO!๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Pinetar took really good care of her new babies…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ



[click here to read about when Pinetar was born]

This is our first set of successful twins here, so we are pretty excited!๐Ÿค—

Back in 2010 we had a cow named Amy who had one live calf and one deceased calf. (It was before blogging days, so I don’t have a link to share.) But click here to read about Peekaboo – half of another set of twins we had back in 2012.

Mike and Paul were able to get halters on Maple and Syrup pretty easily.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ




Here is Maple:


And here is Syrup:




Maple was not as cooperative with walking as Syrup was… The boys took turns carrying her all around Mordor. (At least these girls were smaller than Rose was yesterday, lol!๐Ÿ˜‚)

Paul carried her first…




Then Pinetar led us through downed trees/scratching posts…๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ฌ


Next it was Michael’s turn to carry Maple…


And finally, we all made it through the gate and into the runway to the barn.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ


Syrup walked the whole way down with her mama, and I drove Michael and Maple down in the chariot…๐Ÿ˜‰








Whew. What a morning! Thank You, Lord!โค

Tally now 3 girls, 0 boys, and 8 more to go…WE THINK!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ 

1st calf 2017

Such a great way to celebrate the first day of spring – with new life! Welcome first calf of 2017!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Can’t believe this is our 10th season of calving!๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Mike found Tangerine with her daughter when we went up to do a calf-check this morning. [click here to read about her calf last year]


She is Tangerine’s 6th calf, and we decided to name her Rose. (Think: spring, flowers, roses…๐Ÿ’)

The 4 of us waited to go up so Tangerine could clean her up a bit and get her fed. Apparently she did that and then walked Rose over to the unrolled round bale so SHE could eat…



(This pic cracks me up… Guess she was hungry!๐Ÿ˜‹)




It would have been nice if the duo would have walked down to the barn together, but that was not the case. Rose was tired. And Tangerine just wanted to eat, lol.๐Ÿ˜‚





Mike was relieved Michael volunteered to carry Rose to the baby buggy.๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ



Michael drove them down to the barn while Paul & I waited by Tangerine. We were thinking that maybe the two of us could convince Tangerine to follow the 4wheeler, but that wasn’t the case.๐Ÿ™„


Once Mike & Michael joined us back up in Mordor, we worked together to bring Tangerine down. She was incredibly stubborn and frustrating… Had us running in mud and out of breath (at least Mike & I were, lol.)๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Here she is taking a water break.


Thankfully, she chilled out after this and walked cooperatively down the rest of the way.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ




Here is Rose all nestled in… She is a sweet calf!โค Lord willing, we are expecting 9 more…๐Ÿฎ


Thank You, Lord, for holding off our first calf until a little warmer weather arrived. Prepare our bodies and our equipment to handle navigating through this slippery mud as we move from winter to spring. Teach us what You want us to learn from this year’s calving season. May we honor You with each step we take. Amen๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

10th and final calf 2016

We knew it yesterday, as we heard the forecast for the next morning: SNOW+WIND…โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ’จ WE JUST KNEW IT. Final calf would be born in a blizzard.๐Ÿ˜

We. Were. Right.๐Ÿ˜ Fiskars is Paul’s cow. {Click here to read about her calf from last year.} Last year she had the first calf of the season, and this year she closes out our season! Even though it was a blustery, yucky morning, we are all extremely thankful it all went smoothly.

Click here to read about when she was born, and here to go to a past post that contains links of Paul with Fiskars over the years.  

Paul named her calf: Flapjack (think ridiculous cartoon: The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack๐Ÿ™„) He joins Clark as the only other bull this season. Final tally: 2 boys and 8 girls.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

I walked up to Mordor solo since we had an extra helper this morning. The boys’ friend, Blake, got to join us for this adventure.๐Ÿ˜Š

 
If you “super zoom”, you can almost see the clump of cows all the way back in the farthest corner of Mordor…๐Ÿ”  

 
 
   

Flapjack didn’t quite make it out the gate on his own, but we think he did pretty good given the circumstances!๐Ÿฎ  

3 Amigos!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

   

 
 
Horizontal snow!!๐Ÿ˜ณ    

 
Flapjack got a nice rub-down…โค๏ธ      

 
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Blake and his namesake…๐Ÿ˜    

Even though his mama had fed him some, Flapjack finished off a bottle, too. Can’t blame him. All that chaos makes for hungry tummies – calves AND humans…๐Ÿค—  

Well, Lord, what a whirlwind of a calving season this has been! Thank You for sustaining us through it, and for using it to build up our endurance for the next chapter here. We look forward to seeing more of Your plan unfold, one step at a time. May we stay focused on You. Amen๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Thought I’d end this post with some fun stats from our first 10 years of calving. Kinda neat to see how our calving window has shortened up over the years! Perfect for our small, seasonal dairy.๐Ÿฎ

2007: 13 calves over 25 weeks

2008: 6 calves over 22 weeks

2009: 23 calves over 22 weeks

2010: 14 calves over 14 weeks

2011: 16 calves over 12 weeks

2012: 11 calves over 9 weeks (with a late one 4 weeks later)

2013: 13 calves over 8 weeks

2014: 8 calves over 8 weeks

2015: 9 calves over 5 weeks

2016: 10 calves over 3 weeks (Wow!!! No wonder my body feels so tired, lol!๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜‰)

6th calf 2016

Banana had her second calf for us this morning. It’s a girl!!! {Click here to read about her calf last year.} Michael named her Harriet.โค๏ธ (Her dad’s name is Harry, lol…) 

  
  
Michael got a halter on Banana, too, so he was able to lead her out of Mordor a little easier than it would have been otherwise. (She’s kinda stubborn, but she cooperates pretty well for Michael.๐Ÿ˜‰) Harriet followed well and made it the whole way down.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ  

  
  
  
  
  
  
To see some old posts featuring Banana over the years, click here and here and here.

The other nosey mamas waiting to see who is joining their group, lol…๐Ÿฎ 

  
Natasha welcoming Harriet…๐Ÿค—  

Today is a little bittersweet. Banana has been special to Michael, and he’s spent a lot of time showering her with extra attention over the past 4 years. He really wanted her to make the cut and remain one of our dairy girls, but that’s just not gonna happen. Last year, her rumen stopped working and we needed the emergency vet out to help her. Her appetite recovered, but we couldn’t use her milk for our dairy, and we actually dried her up in July. We decided to give her another chance for 2016, but it appears she is the same… Rats.๐Ÿ˜• Culling a cow from your herd that you are emotionally attached to can be hard, and I’m grateful for the time we’ve all had to prepare for this possibility. It’s just how farming goes sometimes. We are thankful for everything she has taught us, the wonderful memories of watching Michael take care of her, and for the two calves she’s had for us.โค๏ธ

Lord, use this experience to grow each one of us closer to You… Amen๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

4th calf 2016

What a beautiful morning here!โ˜€๏ธ  

Mike and I started the morning out blazing a trail through the briars to get to our cross. It was a beautiful morning of prayer together on this Resurrection Sunday.โค๏ธ

  
  
Next, we headed over to check on the girls, and spotted some extra little legs…  

PeaPod had a girl! We named her: Hope.โค๏ธโœ {Click here to read PeaPod’s post from last year.} 

I had forgotten that we’ve had calves on Easter before… If you’d like to read about them, click here and here and here.

 
They walked over to the hay we brought.  

  
And then we prepared for the walk down to the barn.

  
  
  
These two weren’t as smooth as the last three sets were. Ended up giving Hope a ride down the rest of the way while her mama sauntered down at her own pace.๐Ÿฎ

  
  
  
  
  
  
Used some hay bales to close up a temporary pen for Hope…
 
…and then she promptly did a jailbreak right through it, lol!๐Ÿ™„ So Mike had to take a few extra minutes to build something a little more durable.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ  

  
And then reinforced it with the bales…

 
Couldn’t resist sharing this pic of Blake introducing himself to Hope.๐Ÿ˜

  
We weren’t able to make it to our church service this morning, so the four of us headed back up to the cross together. Paul picked us some daffodils, and off we went. Mike read Luke 24, and we shared/prayed together. It was nice to kinda reenact the Easter sunrise service we used to have…โœ

  
Tally now is 3 girls, 1 boy.๐Ÿ˜Ž

Thank You, Lord, for HOPE!โค๏ธ

1st calf 2016

It’s that time of year again: babies and baseball, lol.๐Ÿฎโšพ๏ธ
This morning OreoCookie started our milking season out with a beautiful heifer calf. {Click here to see her calf from last year.} Here is the pic Mike txted me after he entered the field this morning:


The boys have named her Barbara.

[This year there is no theme – they just want to name them as they come. Apparently “Barbara” comes from a character from the 1970 movie: Kelly’s Heroes. They will be calling her Babra (which I guess only makes sense if you’ve seen the movie.) Whatever.๐Ÿ™„ I just want her to have a name…๐Ÿ˜‰]

Boys and I got the gates ready, found the halter, and up we all headed to bring them down to the barn.


This pic is kinda cool. The heifer closest to me is actually Barbara’s big sister: Coco. {click here to see the post when she was born in 2014}


Cookie knew the routine and led Barbara all the way down to the barn. It was a great way to start this calving season!




Mama and calf parted at the barn.


And with that, our 2016 calves have officially begun to arrive. Lord willing, 9 more should be here over the next 8 weeks.โค๏ธ


Lord, thank You for today’s calf. She is beautiful, and we are grateful. We lift up the rest of the mamas as they prepare to have their calves. Grant us the wisdom we need to assess each case, and prepare our hands to help when needed. May we honor You in all we do. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen
.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

9th (and final) calf 2015

Got home at dusk last evening from a baseball game, and noticed a small speck in the field… Yep – our last calf had finally arrived!! We headed across the field to see if it was a boy or a girl…

{SIDE NOTE: This picture warms my heart. Paul is walking in front of me. He looks just like my Dad with his hands in his back pockets like that…โค๏ธ}

 
We had moved Disco to this field by herself so there wouldn’t be as much chaos as the other day.

 It’s a boy! His name is Luke… And he got to have a nice and quiet night with his mama.๐Ÿ‘

  This morning, Disco brought Luke right to us, and he had a pretty uneventful walk to the barn.๐Ÿ˜Š
   
              

Ahsoka was serenading Luke’s arrival, and he was less than impressed, lol…๐Ÿ˜

So there we are – all done with calving for 2015! Final tally is 3 girls and 6 boys.๐Ÿ‘

Thank You, Lord, for all the new life here on this farm…โค๏ธ