Spring on the Farm

March and April is always a wonderful time to live on a farm.  This year has been very special on ours.  Last week our baby calves started arriving.  Of course, I’m always as anxious as those expectant mothers but this year we’ve had some trials and tribulations.  We started out with one cow aborting two MONTHS early and then a first time mother having a stillborn.  I was devastated but know it’s part of living on a farm and Mother Nature having her reasons.  Then we have two little bulls born and they’re perfect in every way and very, very active.  We go for about four days with nothing happening and then a mother for the fourth or fifth time delivers twin girls and both are dead.  My husband believes the first one was in trouble and the time lapse of her being born delays and causes the death of the other twin.  Mom wasn’t doing well the first two days but now seems to be eating and may be okay.  On the same day another set of twins is born!!  This is not a normal thing for our cattle.  We’ve only had about five sets of twins in the forty years we’ve been farming.  These two are alive and well for a time and Mom is letting both nurse.  She cleans them up and won’t let my hubby get near them but that’s okay because we know she’ll be a good mom.  Later that evening “after dark”  she leads the little girl to the lower fields with the rest of the herd and returns to bring the baby brother to the fold of the herd.  By the time she gets back to their birthing place in the woods, he’s GONE!   The next morning when hubby finds her distressed with only one babe he begins a desperate search that turns up fruitless.  We believe that a coyote or bear got while she was gone.  Lots of farmers in our area have had this problem with coyotes for the past few years but this was only our second time that we know of.  It’s very disheartening as farmers because that cash down the tubes.  For me personally, I’m just sick about it and want to bring them all to the front yard to live until they’re five days old and can run like the wind!!  The mother is terribly protective of her one little girl and she’s become very brazen and curious running off to meet other babes her size and of course mom is run to death trying to keep up with her special little girl.  I find this so true of human parents.  We want to keep our youngsters from all harms way that may come in any shape or form.  One big difference is that we get to keep ours around a lot longer and don’t consider them “cash crop”.  We’ve have nine in all as of last night and they are all well.  Watching them run and play is better than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!!

Until next time, have a very blessed day!  Visit a farm!  It’s good for your soul!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

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