Rainy days around here provide time to catch up on a few odds and ends. It’s been awhile since we’ve had a nice rain, so the dreaded “to do” list is quite long. We are quite thankful for the moisture falling from the sky. My corn patch really appreciates it. I could nearly hear it sigh with relief.
We have been spending the last couple of days concentrating on moving a few cow/calf pairs to greener pastures. The best heifer calves that are born on our farm are kept as replacement heifers. This means that they will reside in a pasture with other heifers that are the same age, until they are old enough to be bred.
Approximately ten months after they are bred, they calve. At this time, mother and baby calf need to be moved to a different pasture. This guy is one day old and is snuggled down in the grass for a nap:
To move the mother/baby pairs, we pen them. Sometimes the newborn calves aren’t very aware of the fact that we’d like them to be penned and we have to carry them onto the trailers. Dustin really enjoys this part. Ha, just kidding. Those calves can be kind of heavy. Cute, but heavy.
Next, we work the calves through our facility, where we carefully give them ear tags, castrate the bull calves and log records.
Then they are all ready to go with mom out into lush pastures.
Our boys are always with us to help us complete the chore.
And when they tire of the task at hand, they entertain themselves with a waterhose:
And when drier weather returns, we will head back to the hayfield. And thanks to the rain, those fields will be green, too. So much to be thankful for.
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