Showing posts from June, 2014

Pride Go Before The Fall

We have always taken pride, as many farmers and ranchers do, that our cows can have and raise a calf unassisted!  Unfortunately, pride go before the fall!  We had the CUTEST calf born a week ago out of an veteran cow.  I don't know if a calf is born knowing how to nurse or a cow just nudges until they do, but this calf wasn't taking the bait!
 I got a phone a couple days ago from Pop telling me to come give it a bottle.  I was hoping that the calf would nurse on it's own, but it didn't and Maggie Mae's bag  (the cow) was getting full and tight from not feeding her new calf.  We intervened and brought the cow (from the other side of the farm) and calf (on the Kubota) to the barn the next day so they could be together and I could work with getting a teat in its mouth! Now, that is manual labor!

Sorting, Sweating, and Some Sunbathing

Summer brings  a lot of hard work on the farm.  Everything has to happen when it is supposed to or it messes up the next season.  Throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall we are always getting ready for winter. Some of the things we do to get ready for winter are making hay and canning hundreds or jars of vegetables.  It is a stressful time on the cows because of the flies , constant heat, and new babies.  Everyone is trying to get everything done before the cold sets in again!  We've already sold our fall born calves, rolled 115 rolls and are getting ready to turn the bull back to pasture with the cows!  We have had 3 heifers and 5 bulls born so far and are awaiting more!  I will post on the Madison's Farm Adventures Facebook more during the summer months because I can post from fields but will try to blog our stories from the farm!! I know there are some great ones coming!  It's never a dull moment here, which brings me to another hard thing about summer.  Everything stink…