Well, it was yet another busy morning at our farm today. We have been working dilligently on a couple large projects for the farm the past few weeks....namely, trying to improve the overall comfort and health of our cows. With that comes a LOT of prep work: paperwork mainly. I am eagarly awaiting the "ok" from Jon to blog about the details, but for now all I can say is that we are working hard on applications, permits, financial statements, and other related paper work!!! And hoping for a little luck ;)
The other daily tasks continue, but as we approach fall and winter, we have an "extra" to take care of: drying off cows. As our cows approach the end of their pregnancies, we give them the last 2 months off, to relax, eat and enjoy life. This gives them the opportunity to grow a calf instead of making milk. It's also a good opportunity for the cows to enjoy some outdoor yards for daily exercise and allow their udders time to grow new "milk-making" cells. Today we "dried" off 7 cows. Last week there were another 7 cows....and next week there will be another 7. As you can see, we have a LOT of calves coming in 2 months....OCTOBER!! My math work tells me that we will be calving over 20 animals each month October-March!!! That's a lot of calves, and I can't wait!
So even though it is only August, at the farm, we are getting prepared for the fall already!