Both passed the pregnancy test! Not only were they perfectly behaved for the vet but he pronounced them both pregnant – no need for blood tests to confirm.
He was very impressed with Tia. He thought she was a lovely animal and she was not phased at all by having the bar closed on her neck or by meeting the vet.
Look at that. Even cows blink for their photographs sometimes. There are so many beautiful shots of Aunty Del that I did not think you would mind this amusing little snap.
The little bull calf was banded with very little problems and recovered fast. Now that I know we can haul our cows over to a good fertile and gentle bull I am happy with my decision not to keep him as a bull. He is a nice calf, a good size too.
Tia looking coy. I am so proud of her. My gestation table tells me that, all going well, she and Del should be due to calve in mid to late May. Maybe around the 22nd for Del and slightly later for Tia, but both are about 5 or 6 weeks pregnant according to the vet which matches the possible dates I had from the owner of the bull.
And below is the header shot of Molly and her babies again. It is so sweet it bears another look. In the absence of a big mud wallow (that would be dangerous for the piglets) I cover her concrete pad in water. They look like tiny aquatic fairy pigs dancing around a whale. Can you find number eight?
AND I collected FIVE duck eggs yesterday. The ducks are free range and eat so little grain and produce eggs that are higher in fats, proteins and Omega3. As I don’t have quite enough to sell yet I will start baking with them soon and maybe make some pasta. But mostly they will be excellent pig food. I know that sounds crazy but, compared to the chickens, the eggs are so much cheaper to produce and will be good fattening food for the Plonkers. (I have a very lovely Vietnamese friend who is looking forward to a dozen so she can make Salted Eggs).
I hope you have a lovely day!
WEATHER: It has dawned very clear and sticky humid. A little rain would not go amiss.
Wednesday 09/05 40% / 0.05 in
Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High 91F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Wednesday Night 09/05 80% / 0.45 in
Scattered thunderstorms early, overcast overnight with occasional rain likely. Low 67F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%.
6:23 AM 7:18 PM
Waning Crescent, 24% visible 1:26 AM 4:34 PM