Sunday, February 15, 2009

Suspended rest

.....Who, through long days of labor, And nights devoid of ease, Still heard in his soul the music Of wonderful melodies.....(Longfellow)

Well thot I would check in and update you on farm progress. We've been having calves from our heifers on the CrankySteer property just outside of town. Had to pull one last night. Today we had another one. I took a picture, but I can't find the camera right now.

Just got back from checking them here again at 10:00 pm. We have another one in labor. I'll have to check her every two hours tonight.

Our usual schedule is every 6 hours. Usually at 12:00 am, 6:00 am, 12:00 pm 6:00 pm. That is unless one is in labor. Then its every 2-3 hours. If active labor then every 1/2 hour to 15 minutes and wait in the pickup. If they are crowning, we stay on scene until we have a baby.

I think this schedule is pretty standard, however it gets a little overwhelming when these cattle are 5 miles away.

Next time, all the girls will be here at the house in a pen out back.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Hello farmers. You know those days when you have to get rid of stuff you've had for a long time? Well, this morning we sold 24 mama cows. Several of the cows we've had for 8 years. They grew old here on the farm. The maximum life expectancy for a cow is about 10 years. We had one old cow named Roaney. She must have been 15 years or older. She's been a good cow but she was old when we got her. Special thanks to Jerry Gwartney for hauling them for us. He's a good friend and a fellow Gideon.

At least Jerry didn't have to haul them like this. I'll get a picture next time he's up to help.