About this time of year a cow’s winter coat starts to lift and itch. So while my back was turned Daisy has been rubbing her neck on the big tree in her yard and if you look carefully you will see that in some instances she has rubbed the coat right off and little bare patches are appearing.
So she is getting extra flax seed oil in her feed (along with the unpasteurised real apple cider vinegar, garlic, molasses and eggs that they get every day anyway). And I will make up a mix of lanolin and tea tree oil to rub into the areas that have become dry and might break out if we are not careful. Plus she will get a daily brush until her spring coat is through.
The itchiness is making her bad tempered. This time of year it is hard on both animals and humans. Here, I shall show you our view. TonTon needed a good walk after yesterday’s star appearance so on the way, we went right out into the middle of the field, stood in one spot and took shots to the South, West, North and East.
The big open prairies. Stripped to sepia by industrial farming. The saddest sight. What is the opposite of cabin fever? Well, a bit of that is creeping in too. So I took Daisy into the center of the barn and let her play with the others for a wee bit. Until she started smacking heads together, then I divided everyone back up again.I mucked the pens out and swapped everyone around. Now Daisy is in the new central pen with The Baby Bobby (he is a steer and all steers are called The Bobby), with a door open to Pat’s Paddock out to the North. HairyMacLairy the Ram and Queenie the Hereford calf have gone into Daisy’s pen with access to the yards. Mama and Moaning Mia are still in the home paddock so now Hairy can chat to them through the yard fence.
The new Central pen is also where I work from, most of the day, so Daisy is more under my eye! I believe that to farm organically the farmer needs to be ahead of things and watch and listen and smell for changes. If Daisy’s skin did start to break out we would be in big trouble from flies and infection. So I need to get ahead of it. Hopefully the brushing and a change of environment will get us through to her spring coat.
We are having the most gorgeous sunrise. Red in the morning, shepherds warning! And yes there is snow forecast for this afternoon. But it will be a wee bit warmer which will be nice.