Thursday, October 18, 2012

Panoramic Panic

 It's a pretty time of year, although lately it seems as if we don't get to stand still to look at it much. Alan, the boss, and I spent quite a time getting the stables all spiffy yesterday and moving heifers. A big one named Boondock was bullying in her pen, driving the other heifers back from the feed and getting fat while they languished in the corners. They were all the same size at birth, but her mother was a huge cow and looks as if she is going to follow in mama's hoof prints. She is now outside with four older heifers.

She tried it on with them too, but things seem pretty evenly matched and the little ones are very happy to get a turn at the feed. We added a little red shorty out of Bama Breeze, named Cayenne, to the pen in her place. She is of a size with the others and seems to like the freedom to gallop around at will.

The kids decided to name yesterday's new calf, Hermie, for obvious reasons. He/she joins quite an assortment of other calves, some Holstein, some milking shorthorn crosses. 

Egypt has a big shorty steer, we named Cleopatrick.....couldn't call him Cleopatra after all.

The Shortcake half of summer's Strawberry/Shortcake duo is a good sized steer now, all caught up with his age mates and growing well. 

Strawberry, the tiny red heifer, is quite large now too, and quite a character. She has her own big girl stall next to Lemonade and harasses me mightily when I go in to milk the old lady.

Then there is  another big shorty bull, destined for a steer, out of Liz's little Fred heifer, Clare. Clare is named after the Irish county of that name, so he will be called Kilkenny. 

Since we started using milking shorthorn bulls on our Holstein heifers and sharing our experience, it seems as if a lot of folks are turning in that direction. There is a real demand for the calves, which are a lot like black Angus if fed for beef, only rangier and longer. Holstein heifers can calve them easily as well. We sure don't have any trouble selling them if we decide to.

Anyhow, I take the camera to the barn every morning now, just in case something interesting happens and I can steal a minute to record it.


Dani said...

I like Hermie. lol

Woodswalker said...

You have such a marvelous way with words that extends to the witty way you name your cattle. I tune in to your blog every day, expecting to be moved and delighted.

Rev. Paul said...

I appreciate the pictures, and never grow tired of marveling at God's creation. Thank you!

Wally Jones said...

Just found your blog and look forward to reviewing older posts and relish the thought of new ones! It's great to experience life in another part of the world through another's eyes! Thank you for sharing.

- Wally (Florida)

Jan said...

Before I started reading your blog--how long have we been at this?--I had no idea cows had different personalities. Love to read your characterizations.

Terry and Linda said...

I love getting know know your girls and the sky...its very mooooooooooooooving!


threecollie said...

Dani, guess she is going to be a she. We like her too.

WW, thank you so much for your kind words. So sorry that I haven't been posting much, so busy and rained on.

Rev. Paul, thank you! I am so grateful to be able to photograph the beauty around us

Wally, thank you so much. Glad you happened by!

Jan, years and years. lol They are much different than tradition would have it.

Linda, thanks. lol