|I shamelessly stole this photo from Liz's FB page....thanks, Liz|
Both Moon and Moonshine are behind Bama, but she is a fat old girl and has them
The two old cows and the heifer have been out on pasture right up until now. They have been getting all the baled hay they could eat for several weeks, but with the temperatures mostly above freezing, and sometimes even above summertime, they were better off out.
They are both going to turn 9 this year and that means old arthur...itis, that is....can make it difficult for them to get up and down on a hard barn floor.
However, tomorrow night it is supposed to go down around four degrees, so the kids got a nice pen built for them down in the old heifer barn and we brought them in.
We are pretty sure Bama has been in there before when she was a heifer, but Moon was a show calf and stayed in the cow barn. The little heifer has only been in a barn for a couple of days, and she had never been in this one.
Thus when all went smoothly we were glad. I think they were happy to be in. Old Bama pawed shavings like a mad bull and danced around kicking up her heels like a clumsy fool. She is pretty seriously too darned fat and looked pretty silly.
Hopefully they will do okay in there....it isn't a particularly cow-friendly barn, having been built long before concepts like proper ventilation were on the horizon. However, with just three cattle, three sheep, a big old horse, some bunnies and a mess of poultry, it should be okay.