The Vet Bet

If I were a betting man, the vet said, putting his head to one side then to the other studying Lady Astors belly and crinkly udder – I would say she was not pregnant.  She is wide enough, he said,  but that udder should be moving by now. He had an emergency to get to though …

A magnolia year

The new calf is going to be called Roxanne but we will call her Roxie. She is so sprightly and fun. I think she will be a perfect Roxie.  Thank you so much for all the suggestions both in The Lounge and on the Insty. Yesterday the cow mothers were out getting a little green in …

oops

I brought a girl baby cow home by mistake.  This was not my intention. But.  Ah well.  I give in. She is not a Bobby so now she will have a name and join the heifers. This calf is the tamest calf I have ever seen, she will literally stand while I stroke her all over. …

The rise and fall of pig coats

Molly is very uncomfortable. These last few days she does not lie down, standing or pacing about all day. At night she is sleeping but no nest making or sign of milk  yet. We go for a walk every day, it is too close to her confinement period to leave her outside but when we go …

So it begins

The first of the summer people has arrived. His name is Alex – he is from California and he is going to be great. I got his arrival date wrong so he is here a week ahead of my schedule and right on time for his. Already he is fully engaged. Last night we took …

Eat Not Your Bed

The wind is howling and it is pouring with rain outside as I sit down for my early morning journal. It has been an Easterly – swinging from the  Nor/east for days now and this is a cold wind. Worse it blows straight into the farrowing pen. So I shut Mollys big East door last …

Rush rush

I am hurrying this morning as I have to be off the property at seven. So I am going to move swiftly through the chores. I have been a bit dawdly lately. Molly is still taking her time with her piglets and I am not milking so I am enjoying this slow start to the summer. And yesterday …

Canny cat

On my arrival home from California a few weeks ago Moon was nowhere to be found. Which was not a worry as he is a stray and an intact male and they do tend to wander. He had arrived out of the fields at Christmas time and had been visiting with my barn cats on …

The Loaves and the Fishes

Woke up to pouring rain this morning with its company the thunder and lightening. Yesterday we had 78f/25c and high winds which would have warmed the earth up.  It certainly warmed me up! So the rain will encourage some grass growth.  And I need that grass to grow. Because my hay pile is very low now. …

Utero babies

Molly’s belly fairly bubbles with baby movement now. Two or three times every day I go and sit with Molly  in her room -the moment she hears me croon, she lays on her side so I can stroke her belly. As long as she can feel me leaning against her she is happy. I encourage this. Farrowing …