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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

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 

Pastured pigs 2016

Last year we raised two Berkshire pigs as an experiment – and they were SO cool!! They were a perfect compliment to our dairy, feasting on our discard of skim, buttermilk, whey, and scraps. They were moved through a couple of our pastures and we also added some soaked oats to their diet. It was important to us to not feed any corn or soy. {Click here to read more details about Dave & Buster.}๐Ÿท

It has been a joy to have pork in our freezer! We have been very pleased with the flavor of the meat.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Since our experiment went so well, we decided to open it up to our customers for ordering this year. The response was amazing! We closed orders at 10 after a couple days because we didn’t want to be too overwhelmed in the jump from 2 to 10…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Today we headed to Loudonville and picked up 7. (The final 3 will come from a separate batch.) They are 7 weeks old. These will be named after the 7 dwarves: Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey.โค๏ธ (Can’t wait to see who will get each name!!)๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ


So fun that our friend Jennifer stopped by when we were unloading them! She also raises piggies and was excited to see them!โค๏ธ


The last one! Wonder if it will end up being named Bashful?๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿท๐Ÿ˜‰

Here they are in their new place. We’ll keep them in here for a few days to get used to us and learn what electric fence is. (You can see we have a line of fence strung along the side.)

The calves even came down to check out what was going on…๐Ÿฎ


Didn’t take them but a few minutes to start rooting around…๐Ÿฝ


No doubt, more posts will follow as they grow and the season progresses. Can’t believe May is almost here!๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒบ

5th calf 2015

Michael’s heifer (Banana) had her first calf this morning! {Click here to see when Banana was born.} 

Click here for another post from when she was younger.

Or here for another one.

This calf has taken FOREVER to pop out, lol… We cancelled our plans to visit with my Cleveland family on Sunday afternoon because she looked super loose and we wanted to be available to help her if necessary. But she never had it Sunday. Then we missed some baseball on Monday so we could run home & keep up with checking on her every 3 hours for any changes. But nothin’. And so went Tuesday, and Wednesday… We really felt the pull of that difficult line of where: making-yourself-available is very close to: you-are-acting-like-God-can’t-handle-this-without-you.๐Ÿ˜ณ Sooo many good life lessons from farming!๐Ÿ˜Š

And now we see a better picture of “why” Banana progressed as she did. The Lord was preparing her to have her first calf completely unassisted and without an audience. And we are pretty sure her calf is the largest one so far, as well. Mike and Michael were delighted this morning to find this in the field:

  

It’s a boy! His name is Gungi. (Apparently he is named after the only Wookie Jedi, as featured in the Clone Wars, lol.)๐Ÿ˜‰

Before we could bring those two down to the barn, we moved Han over to join Chewy and Leia next door.

 

 

 He was pretty resistant to the walk at first, and tried to play possom…๐Ÿ˜‰

 

But he eventually caught on to the idea of walking…๐Ÿ‘

 

He was a bit apprehensive of trudging through our flooded yard… But some gentle persuasion helped.๐Ÿ‘

 

He made it just fine.๐Ÿ‘ 

It’s a muddy mess right now, but thankfully that is just for a “season”…๐Ÿ˜Š 

 Then we headed back up in the rain and thunder to bring down Banana and Gungi. Pictures were difficult with all the rain and keeping feet stable in sloshy mud, but Paul did a nice job taking some pics for us since I drove the baby cart down to the barn today.๐Ÿ‘

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Made it aok! Thank You, Lord…โค๏ธ

  

Tally now: 3 boys, 2 girls.๐Ÿ˜Š 

FINALLY 2nd calf 2015

Waiting for mamas to have babies is kinda like watching water come to a boil, lol. We’ve been eagerly awaiting an explosion of births each day since our first one on March 21st. But it’s been very non-eventful around here… Fiskars and Chewy are doing fantastic, but if you’re gonna milk one cow, you might as well have MORE, right?? Ahh. Good lesson in patience on the Lord’s timing… Guess He knows we need it.๐Ÿ˜‰

BUT. Finally. Went up at the crack of dawn today, and spotted an extra little body through the misty film of a rain-soaked field!

  

  

It’s a girl!! PeaPod is proud mama to Leia (think Star Wars and roundy hairstyle).๐Ÿ˜‰

[Click here to see her calf from last year.]

I had an appointment this morning, so I couldn’t help with bringing them down. I passed on picture taking duties to the boys and their friend, Tyler… (along with Blake, the cat, lol)๐Ÿ˜

 

I’ve been told it all went smoothly…๐Ÿ‘

  

  

 

I’m glad the boys had Tyler there to help this morning!โค๏ธ 

 

Hooray! Our count is now one boy and one girl. Perhaps we are coming up to a rapid boil here… Stay tuned!๐Ÿ˜Š 

1st calf 2015

Here we go! Last night, Paul’s heifer (Fiskars) had her first calf, making it also our first calf of the 2015 season.๐Ÿ‘ {Click here to see the post when Fiskars was born.

And here are a couple other posts featuring Fiskars from the past couple years: https://robertsfarm2004.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/paul-fiskars/

https://robertsfarm2004.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/banana-fiskars-showing-off-their-winter-coats/

So back to last night… It’s a boy! Paul named him “Chewy” (think Star Wars ๐Ÿ˜‰). The boys were at youth group while Chewy was born, but Mike and I were blessed with being able to witness his birth. Mike even helped a little…   
 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

He’s a cutie! Now the next test – will Fiskars get him cleaned up and fed?๐Ÿ˜ณ

  

Yep!๐Ÿ‘ So Paul decided to allow Chewy to stay overnight with his mama in the big field, and we would bring them down to the milking barn in the morning. (Gotta say, the control-freak in me wanted to just snag him up, bring him down to the barn, and feed him thawed colostrum since it was supposed to be 18ยฐ last night… But – we told Paul we’d honor his decision. We prayed about it together, and were excited for the adventure in the morning.โค๏ธ

It was such a beautiful evening to begin our 2015 calving season…

Mike & Paul headed up to the field first thing to check out the situation. Here’s what they found…๐Ÿ˜Š   

“Operation distract” started first. Mike fed hay to the rest of the girls to keep them from getting in the way of our parade. It was a success.๐Ÿ‘

 Next step was to bring Chewy & Fiskars down to the barn. Chewy was THE most laid back and calm calf we have ever had, lol. His tummy was full and he had ZERO ambition to walk ANYWHERE… By the time the 4 of us were ready to bring them down, Fiskars had stashed Chewy in the briar patch. That was fun getting him out, lol…๐Ÿ˜

 

  

 

 

  

 Now it’s Paul’s turn to carry his calf…๐Ÿ˜‰

  

  

  

  

  

  

Fiskars contemplated participating in Operation Distract, but thankfully without too much prompting, she followed her baby through the gate and down to the barn.๐Ÿ‘

   

 

  

 

 

 

 

Fiskars did a great job milking for her first time!๐Ÿ‘

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cats were super excited for milking to start back up, too!๐Ÿ˜œ 

 

 

Thank You, Lord, for new life. And for allowing us to witness just a small snippet of Your amazing creation. Prepare us to handle whatever lies before us as we begin this milking season. Amenโค๏ธ