Today a job that should have been done a month ago was completed. Weather changes and the fact that Eddie and I have been sick for a week prevented us from pulling a bull from our fall calving herd.
Stormy weather prevented the cattle work for at least a month.
Buckshot has been with this herd since November 30th, 2017 and we normally only leave the bulls with our herds about three months. Moving a bull away from a herd is not always easy but today it was a piece of cake!! A bucket of feed, a cattle prod and competition down the lane will work every time. He stood at the gate with 46 cows and calves and all the master had to do was walk him to the front of the line and when he herd his brother bulls down the lane he came through the gate pretty as you please!! He is now in the bull lot with the other two bulls showing them whose boss or so he thinks!!
Buckshot and Samson back in the bull lot together again for about three months. Arby is in there with them but he would rather eat his “Cheerios” first before confronting big brother!
Now, our mountain long field is opened up and full of the Fall calving herd and hopefully all of them mother’s have been bred. There’s 23 cows and 23 calves grazing our part of Little Mountain today and it will be wonderful sitting on the front porch watching them graze but not today!
Our Fall herd is enjoying some very precious green grass this afternoon.
The three bulls are playing nice for the moment!
I’m back in the house out of the wind nursing my sinuses and trying to get well!! We’ve been sick since last Tuesday and a week is too long to not be out on the farm or at least on the front porch! I’m so tired of being cooped up when the sun is shining. The wind is still blowing so I mustn’t take chances of being out too long.
Most of our morning was spent with our cattle, my daughter & son-in-law, and two very good friends. We had 24 calves from this herd and they all received their baby vaccinations, pinkeye and tetanus shots, eartagged and banded if they were bull calves. Everything went smoothly and only took about two hours. We have some beauties in this herd and the last one was born last week.
After taking care of all of them we turned Clyde and Sam (new bull) in with the herd. This is always a big chore but went quickly this morning since we had such wonderful help. I hope they all know how much we appreciate giving us their time and muscles.
Now we watch them grow!!
Eddie likes to play with the little ones when they’re just a couple days old.
Our two-year old heifers will soon meet the one of the men of their life. These girls have turned out so much better than we hoped.
Six of eight heifers born in March & April of 2014.
The other two have got out and went back to a closer herd of cattle. One may have gotten bred in March right before we sold one of our bulls. We put the date on our calendars to watch since we try to keep close tabs on heifers when having their first babies. The other one recently decided to take out some old fence and join that herd as well. She and the other six will be back together in mid-June when one of the new bulls, Buckshot, will meet his first ever small herd. There are six Angus and the other two are Angus White-faced.
The cattle market prices have dropped drastically since last fall and now will be the time to add bought heifers but these were raised on the farm. Their mothers are good milkers and their daddy came from a Holstein mother. We can only hope and pray they are great nurturing mothers with lots of milk!
Every few years cattle farmers have to change their breeding stock. The bulls get too big or they may throw calves that just don’t suit. This year we are sending to market our two big bulls. They’ve gotten too big and several of the calves this year weighed 100+ pounds when they were born. We like for them to weigh 60-75 pounds. Big calves can cause problems for mom during birth and vets are not cheap!! As it turned out the two bulls weighed just under 2 ton. Lonnie weighed 2000+ and Caldwell weighed 1980 pounds.
We raised one of our own that was born two years ago and his name is Clyde. We bought another one from one of our neighbors and his name is Hammer. Hubby is looking for a two year old bull to put with them since they are so young.
Clyde on the left, Caldwell in the middle and Hammer on the right. This gives you an idea of how big the old bulls were.
So in with the new, out with the old and hopefully some happy cows come mid-June!!
This is the blog for our little farm in Skagit county. Here we have Shetland sheep and Nigerian Dwarf goats. In addition we have donkeys, llamas, cattle, pigs, chickens, geese, and peafowl. The blog describes the weekly activities here.