Hey All! I've been busy lately, devoting time to my new blog Cows n' Crowns a tribute to the 50 years of Brown County Dairy Princesses. If you get a chance, please check it out, we are currenlty featuring princesses from the 1960's. It's been a blast collecting information from these lovely ladies! More to come in the next weeks.
As for the farm, well today was moving day for the calves. I usually move calves all at the same time when I have a group of 4 ready to move to group housing from the calf huts. Today was moving day for Theresa Joy and Theresa May. They have been growing so nicely. Both calves have gained about 50 pounds a piece, they have been dehorned, check by a vet and they are ready to be in a group pen. In this pen they will join 4 other calves, teaching them about social interaction, preventing them being over whelmed by new friends. We will move this group of 6 calves together for the rest of their lives as heifers (animals that have not had calves) until they freshen (have a calf). Theresa Joy and Theresa May were so easy to move with the halter. All of the attention from the preschool kids on our farm tour definitely helped to mellow them. It's amazing how much attention and care from humans helps to calm a calf, developing a future animal that will be easy to handle, trusting of humans. So I moved the calves inside, moved the previous calves in the smaller pen into a larger pen, the calves from the larger pen (about 12 head) were moved to the outside lot...where they will stay until they are comfirmed pregnant. Of course all of the calves were moved into pens that were freshly bedded, clean and dry.
Other than moving calves, Jonathan has been working on getting our hay equipment ready to go. We have about 7 days until we have to cut down 2nd cutting of alfalfa. So our clock is ticking ;)