Adjustments

Lady Astor has begun a very naughty habit while she is milking – she lifts her tail and PEES – Gallons – all over the clean milking shed floor.  So to adjust this unacceptable behaviour I have to train her to pee BEFORE she comes into the milking shed. Up until recently I have had to …

Normal storms

Last nights storm was so loud!.  The dogs tried once again to climb under the furniture.  The wind was high and the lightening endless.  But I am over worrying about them. It is always a surprise when the storms roll in after a hot day of work out under the sun.  But very quickly they …

Bellying Down

Yes. That would be Tahiti. Her belly is really starting to drop now.  This is called bellying down in Hog Breeders Speak. Can you see  the line of her udder forming?  In my experience she probably has a week or so to go but things are progressing nicely. She lay down for me yesterday and I …

Fast and Steady

Stop me if I have told this story before but it has been on my mind to tell you. Boo and I were at the Farmers feed store the other day and RACING. (TonTon stayed home as he had a baby to mind).  Boo and I roared into the parking lot and parked. We leapt …

Cheap Sauna

There is something inherently wrong about shifting cows, or milking or gardening with sweat running down your legs. Arms and face seem to be acceptable places for sweat. Maybe the brow, or even the belly. But the legs should be a sweat free zone in this cheap sauna we are living in at the moment. …

Ugly Bits

I watched myself crop  an image to extract an empty feed bag that had blown into a corner of the barn and felt dishonest. I tidy with the crop tool!.   I just did not have the energy to pick up and dispose of the feed bag. I will soon – maybe today but  there is a …

Not Thursday Yet

The Weather Mob  are forecasting high temperatures for Thursday. (see below)  In themselves the high temperatures are not a problem and not unusual: it is summer after all. But high temperatures after 5 inches of rain IS a problem because that brings excessive humidity.  Though once again – not unusual. But I have two very pregnant pigs …

Dogs in the Milk

The flood waters. The creek that is really a ditch has so much water in it that it looks like a long skinny lake.  I wonder what our beaver does when he is flooded out like that.  The water is literally lapping under the bridge.  We had a huge amount of rain in that last …

Extreme Images of A Storm

Late yesterday morning I saw this great broody cloud coming over the horizon like a huge intergalactic mother ship, I dropped what I was doing and sprinting past the long list of work I should have been doing, I collected my camera, jumped in the truck and went storm chasing. I love these images. The skies …

Aunty Del is Pumping

Aunty Del is such a good house cow that I have decided to keep her as long as I am able. She seems to have hit her stride and now she is pumping along. She swans into the milking shed without hesitation, milks eating her greens or hay though she  still refuses to leave when she is …