Yesterday – right out of nowhere – the day relaxed. The air warmed up. The wind dropped. The grass seemed longer as the cows rested. The piglets dozed in their rubbish bin. Lady Astor took her baby into the field, stowing him in a grassy corner while she grazed. Baby Bobby fed on and off during the day. I moved him from quarter to quarter so Lady’s udder was evenly milked by the calf. I don’t want a repeat of the last Bobby who only drank from one quarter.
He is rather a stunning fellow. Already he knows the milking routine, she walks into the milking room and he trots past into the calf sun-room, I shut the door after him and he goes and lays down in the corner to wait.
Lady will have him all day every day for a wee while. Then I will lock him up for the afternoon. With his help Lady’s udder will slowly soften. Keeping the calf moving around her quarters helps mitigate mastitis. Her udder grew very fast (which contributed to the milk fever) – swelling and splitting – her teats more nubs than teats – but after milking Baby can latch on easily. Things are progressing.
It was so warm yesterday (76F/24C). The sun was gentle and diffused. We planted more in the North garden. Had lunch under the trees. The speckled corn began to sprout. The girls planted cucumbers and zucchinis (ever the optimist) in the North garden. The supports for most of the tomatoes were erected. The cats watched from the trees. And last night all the new plants were well watered in with a good heavy downpour. (Of course).
I found some more hay. My old hay man went digging in the back corners of his hay shed and found me 60 bales of alfalfa hay for three dollars a bale and so we drove over and took the lot before he changed his mind. He always gives me a good price. Bless him.
Lady Astor is very pleased. She loves Phil’s hay much more than mine. Such a bonus. I really am very happy to get more hay since the ground is so wet we are a ways from cutting mine.
Lady’s calcium paste should arrive today so I will give her those for a few days just to back up her IV intervention of Tuesday.
I hope you have a lovely day.
Thursday 05/11 20% / 0 inCloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 62F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.