Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fall is Finally Here...!!!

Wow the weather has been wonderful, 70 to 80 degrees and low humidity.  All the sheep are happy and the goats are out sunning themselves.  We had a new calf born Sept 30th to our old cow Daisy.  She did not calve with the other cows this February and was a bit depressed over it.  Now she is strutting around like a queen with her new Heifer Calf.  She is small, Brutus calf, which is what we want, small calves that grow like crazy and are easy on the cows.

The picture below and to the right is the new Heifer calf.  She is black with white on her tail and white on her belly.  She is beautiful.  These photos were taken from a distance with a 200 lens.  Getting to close to a cow's new calf is not a good idea....

Look at the expression of the cow, below.  Can you see "That Look".  Daisy is a shy, unassuming cow who minds her own business.  Once the cow has a calf she switches to protector mode and can be very dangerous. Daisy is pictured below with her new calf.  The name of the calf is Hannah, named after Mr Paul's grand daughter, Hannah.  Mom has a nice full udder and this baby girl will grow like crazy.

See Daisy looking at me looking at her.  She is waiting to see if I am going to make a move on her calf.  You can see "The Look", which is hard to miss.  I saw the look in action when one of the protection dogs barked at her new calf.  Within a second she bellowed like a bull and charged at the fence the dog was behind.  It startled me to see her bellow and did not know she could move that fast.  She continued to bellow and pushed the bull out of the way during her BF.  The bull was startled as to what was going on.  Daisy immediately rounded up her calf and left, still snorting and had a couple more bellows to voice while rushing off.

Final words of wisdom.  Do not mess with a cow and her new calf, unless you have a pickup to keep her between you and the calf and keep the dogs out of the pasture.  Daisy taking her calf to safety below.
Below is a picture of our new buck Fairlea Jean-Louis *S.  He has jetted in from Harvard, Mass and is our Ivy League buck.  He has come from a long line of Milking, ARMCH dams and we have high hopes he will add to the udders and milk of our Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats.  He is really wide in the rear and has an awesome top line.  Check out the Buck Page on our website for more info and pictures of his mom, grand mom, and great grand mom.  They are awesome does who milk.

Blue is pictured below with her triplets.  She had two bucks and a doe.  The bucks are in the back and the doe is up front with blue.  The doe is reserved, but the two bucks are available. They are listed on our website in the Goat Sales Page.

We have 10 goats to prepare for a couple of shows and the Icelandics to shear.  We will be very busy the next week.  Our Vet is coming out next week as well to pull blood for our annual CAE testing.  We are going to test 8 sheep for OPP too.

Enough for now, must get back to work....