The bees were out in force yesterday. It was a wee bit warmer so out they came to look for food. But the freeze had knocked all the flowers over.
I am feeding them their sugar water right at the hive now, determined that they will live through this winter.
Sheila followed me about my chores.
Boo peeled off when I called or he would have been back on his chain.
Good morning. As you know Queenie Wineti was one of a twin. So I am still thrilled that she did get pregnant. (So the tests say. But I won’t quite believe it until she starts to show real signs of pregnancy.) She was always a long shot. The chances of a Hereford cow having twins is lower than most other cattle breeds. Plus the chance of a twin heifer being fertile is 5%. Another way of looking at that – there was a 95% chance that she would NOT be fertile. When I found tiny Queenie the farmer told me that the other twin was a heifer too (though I never saw the other calf) so he thought there was a good chance that she would breed. And I decided that she would. If the man was telling me the truth, then she is not a Freemartin.
(A freemartin calf is usually born co-twin with a male calf and its imperfection is attributed to the male hormones produced by the male calf as they share the common circulation which inhibit the normal development of genitalia of the female.This occurs mostly in cattle. I asked ASK .)
I decided that Queenie would be the mother of my beef herd, she is short and stocky, wide and gentle. (And has all the necessary bits and pieces as far as we can tell). So let’s hope that my long shot has a shot. Hereford calves are one of the cutest calves – ever!
It is the time of year when the animals and birds pause and hover when they sense a pockets worth of sun.
I hope you all have a lovely day. Eat good food.
Your friend on the farm,