Stories of life on our farm in Northwest Georgia where every day is an adventure in this beautiful spot that God has entrusted to our stewardship.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Do Not Walk in Front of Me . . .

You have probably heard a version of this quote (which is apparently often--and erroneously--attributed to Albert Camus):
Do not walk in front of me, because I may not follow;
Do not walk behind me, because I may not lead;
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
You may have seen a funny version of it online:
Do not walk in front of me, because I may not follow;
Do not walk behind me, because I may not lead;
Do not walk beside me, either--
Just pretty much leave me alone!
Well, Ebony would like to share her bovine version, brought to you by her heifer, Tiggy:
Do not walk in front of me, because I may not follow;
And whatever you do, DON'T walk behind me!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Welcome Home Surprises

We were gone for 10 days to Texas to visit family and attend a Stephen Ministries Leadership Training Course in Dallas.  Kara was our faithful farm sitter who kept animals fed and water tanks full during some of the hottest days this summer.

Once we had greeted Kara and the dogs we were off to feed and say hi to all the animals.

The first--and very pleasant--surprise was that when I hollered "Ooooh, cow!" the first one running to greet us was Tiggy!  She still wouldn't let us touch her, and she didn't want any of the feed we were offering, but she sure came running.  She looks so much bigger than when we left!
The next surprise was seeing how much Wellie has grown.  Kara texted us photos while we were gone of Tiggy and Wellie touching noses through the fence at feeding time.  Neither one is interested in their mamas' feed--they just want to be friends!

This "cow" in the back pasture is 13 1/2 month old Macree, Siobhan's heifer from last year.

Macree has grown nicely and is looking good.

However, a not-so-nice surprise (Kara fore-warned us) is that Macree has a new admirer.  Royal apparently found a spot in a fence that he could get through, and he abandoned Ebony, his "intended," for a cute young thing.  We were glad that Kara knew better than to try to come between a bull--even a nice one like Royal--and a heifer in season!

So we have a fence-repairing job in order to keep Royal where he belongs!  We also have the vet coming to give an injection of Lutalyse to Macree as a precaution.  He said that although she is in good condition, she's too young to be bred.  If she is indeed bred, she would calve almost two months before her second birthday, at least two months too early.

There's never a dull moment on a farm, not even when you go away.  And the work is never done because just when you think it is, the animals will find a way to make some more!  But we were thankful to have had them in good hands while we were gone--and even more thankful to be back home.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Royal Begins His Career

Our herd sire, Mrald Crown Royal, has begun his career.  He turned one year old on June 11, and about a week later he went into the Home Pasture with New Hope Ebony Belle and her calf Tiggy, NewHope Mrs. Tiggywinkle.

While this scene looks very pastoral, it hasn't all been lazing around in the shade and enjoying the sunsets.  Ebby's Estrotect patches give (to borrow the company's phrase) mounting evidence that Royal understands his job description.

Time will tell whether Royal is actually going to be a daddy yet, but I'll be sure to keep you posted!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

This Is the Squeeze Chute that Herb Built

With apologies to Mother Goose . . .

This is the barn that Herb had.

This is the barn that needed a chute to work the cattle that Herb kept.

This is the cow that helped Herb dig . . .

A place in the barn to put the gravel . . .

To hold the chute that Susan bought.

(If you notice "the chute that Susan bought" as a recurring theme, it's because I bought it and when Herb went to bring it home he found out that it weighed 1400 pounds!  Most people take it off their trailer with a forklift.  Um . . . we don't have one!)

This is the frame that Herb built . . .

To lift the chute that Susan bought.

These are the pullers that Herb found . . .

To raise the chute that Susan bought.

This is the cow that helped Herb to raise the chute that Susan bought.

These are the tie-downs that pulled the chute over the gravel that Herb put down.

These are the pullers that lowered the chute . . .

Onto the gravel that Herb put down.

This is the chute that Susan bought 
that sits on the gravel that Herb put down 
in the barn that they had that needed a chute 
to work the cattle they kept.

And this is a cow getting worked in the chute!