Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Busy Wednesday - Outdoor Gardening at Last!

I decided to milk this morning so I could make more cottage cheese....that went as normal.

Eight eggs today, 9 yesterday and 12 the day before. We have decided they like the egg pellets better than egg krumbles....its is probably just the nice weather

FARMING

I have to get involved now and then when we work the cattle or ear tag them. That is not DH's thing. His thing is to corral them when necessary. I wanted to ear tag the two babies and then turn the young bull out with the breeding age heifers and the mature bull. We are hoping he will be young enough he won't be a threat to the older one and they will learn to get along.

Here is a piece of equipment that no one should be without if they are going to keep cattle. We didn't have one for years and years....now we don't know why, other than the high cost, of course. We just used an alley and a headgate but decided to finally do it right. What a delightful thing. I can work the cattle without any help once they are corralled. It consists of a hold pen, a half circle working pen with a crowding gate and a 20 foot alley ending in a squeeze chute. Here is what I did this morning while DH was checking cows.

Here they are both trying to crowd in together.

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and this is Ferdinand
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He tossed his head around too much so I put the 'squeeze' to him,
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and here he is now identified,the wet down his face is a pour-on permectrin to control face flies and lice.
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and this is Miss Ginger who was much more docile. She is Willow's 2009 baby, Half milking shorthorn and black angus.
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She has deepened in color until she looks almost black. She is a sweetie.

I worked in the yard for 3 hours but will post about that tomorrow.

DH just told me he saw the bluebirds going into one of the nest boxes out by the cellar. Still no martins.

4 comments:

  1. Honestly, Glenda, you just amaze me. Look how you wrangle those cows. Wow. I think I'd be scared to death. You go, girl!

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  2. Chris, when we moved out to the country wayyyyyyyyyyy back in 1976, I felt like I had found my true home. I love all parts of my farm life. With this system I can even work the 2,000 pound bull.

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  3. Sorry about your name spelling. It is early in the morning.

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  4. Glenda ~ You are really amazing! I would love to follow you around and help just for the experiences. Thank you so much for sharing your farm life in your blog. It gives this suburban girl a glimpse of a more peaceful, satisfying life, a little mini vacation from traffic, noise, neighbors, etc.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

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