A Note About Cows and Calves—Thursday, February, 25, 2016

We rode out early yesterday afternoon — to check on the cows and to count calves.

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The light and the air was just perfect!

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It was just beautiful for a late winter day, the air was like sparkling water and the farm dappled with light from passing clouds.

6Since it was early afternoon, the light was beginning to shift some, but still warm. the farm ground had a little glow to it.

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The air was very still (no wind), so there wasn’t a chill anywhere.  The cows had their babies ‘stashed’ on the alfalfa fields, instead of hidden under a bush or next to a swell of land. Allowing the weak late winter, almost spring sun warm their babies.

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I find it a great comfort to see and feel the cold starting to leave.

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And to experience the excitement of Mr. Davis’ herd growing larger every day.  There are forty calves out there now!  Forty more to go!

Much love,

Linda

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38 thoughts on “A Note About Cows and Calves—Thursday, February, 25, 2016

  1. Beautiful babies! Love the view of your mountains. I can almost smell the ground waking up. this morning I heard blackbirds calling “sprrrriiiiiiing!”

    It’s on it’s way! We survived another winter.

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  2. How interesting to see the land where they are grazing Linda. Here our cows are in for the Winter – and they calve indoors – and they eat silage. Near to calving they are given a supplement – and mineral licks are always available. The grass is now growing well in the fields and once the fields have dried up the cattle will go out – this is usually towards the end of April.

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    • I think back east, like New York and those areas do the same thing. Here the poor dears have to range. They get hay, silage and mineral and salt licks also. But mostly they get to eat the left over from the crops!

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  3. All looks well on the temporary cattle ranch. The calves have certainly thrown to the charolais
    bull side – great little white “mickeys” and heifers.
    In the second photo the white charolais cow on the left should be dropping her calf very, very
    soon.
    Incredible the quick moods of your present weather pattern.
    Cheers and enjoy the increasing nursery.
    Colin

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  4. Such immaculate fluffy whiteness! It can’t possibly last – there will be rain, and that means mud… How lovely to be surrounded by new life arriving in such quantity. We’re having a wonderful ‘cool’ day here, only 86F and all the doors and windows open. The Dry season is just around the corner, Monday is officially the last day of summer.

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  5. Ah ha!!! Someone is thinking eh?
    Much easier than all that ploughing etc and then being so dependent on the elements
    to co-operate. Fences would be the main issue and I am sure they are pretty much OK.
    What size herd would be necessary for a sustainable living? 200 cows with agisted bulls
    to serve in the breeding season.
    Fattening paddocks for the weaners before selling. Sounds bloody ideal to me.

    Please don’t think of renting and then staying and watching most probably disasters
    that both of you will see. That would be an invitation to a quick “box”.
    Cheers and happy days of “thinking” hard.
    Colin

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  6. I love all those little calves! (And all heifers, steers, bulls, and cows, because, well, I just do:)) Just Sunday afternoon, the first of our low line cows calved, and the little heifer calf was two weeks early from the due date! I hope all is well on your farm! (Also, I’m glad that it seems to be gradually warming up in our area…. Fingers crossed that spring comes fast after this cold winter, even if we do need the cold and snow every once in awhile.)

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