Such a beautiful morning. Green. Bright. Warm. With the kiss of fog on my face and the warbling of birds as the first sun rays burst through the trees. Late Sunday evening Briar went into the first stages of labor. We brought her into the barn and put her in the calving pen I’d recently […]
Finally! After months of waiting, Briar’s due date is just around the corner! Every year a calf is born on my farm so after 6 years of raising cattle you’d think it’d be old hat by now. But every year the excitement and anticipation seems to build and it’s new all over again. 🙂 Nightly […]
After almost 3 months, I’m finally getting around to posting photos of the completed barn stall design which ended up being remodeled a second time. The box-bed idea was a grand idea – except it was too short for the bovines to lay in comfortably AND they had a hard time stepping in and out […]
I used to have two 8×8 box pens on the back side of my barn. That’s the key word here: used to. They’re gone – I ripped them out last week. Needless to say the bovines have been banned from the barn – a fact which they are NOT happy with. At least they have the […]
Hamilton: the first calf born on my farm and the sweetest, gentlest Jersey. Thank you, Debbi Lincoln, for this beautiful painting! It captures my steer perfectly.
Years ago, while still in grade school, one of my favorite books (and it still is) was “The Diary of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake 1805” by Eric Sloane. From Noah’s brief diary entries and Sloane’s own detailed narratives one gets a glimpse into a bygone era and can relive life on a rural […]
Boaz’s horn nubs started popping through at two weeks so I made an appointment for the vet to come out. Everything went well. Except for one thing: when the vet gave him the sedative I thought I had hold of Boaz tight enough; but when that needle poked him – WHAM! Boaz threw his head. […]