The Colza Is In Bloom Again


The herd is still munching through Detroit.  The colza is yellowing all over the place.  Colza is rapeseed in English.  We get two yellowings in Southwest France.  The Spring colza and the July sunflowers.  Both used for oil.

The herd moved to the last section of Detroit with ease.  The calves kept up and everyone was calm.  They went straight to munch-mode.


We had our last calf today.  Whew!  He is already up and feeding.  I’ll grab some photos tomorrow.  Mum and pup need to bond.

Impatient Cow, Moo

impatient cow, moo

The calves are popping out like calves. Yesterday, the last of the heifers had a successful birth. We started this farm with these baby heifers ( and some cows ). Now, our girls are officially cows. They have all successfully been knocked up as well as successfully given birth to a calf ( is this the little heifer I carried …. sunrise sunset ).

We are expecting more calves to come from the rest of the herd. Even though the older cows have had many births, we still keep a close eye to make sure everything comes out all right. We continue to build our ‘i’ list. Brent came up with my favorite so far. It was inspired by our family’s favorite knock-knock joke. It goes a little something like this:

me: Knock-Knock.

you: Who’s there?

me: Impatient cow.

you: Impatient co… -me: MOO!!!!!!!

Each three-year-old Curtis has mastered the timing of this joke, but it takes a few goes. They always seem to wait for you to finish “impatient cow” before charging in with the “MOO!” It’s almost funnier that way.

“Impatient” is a little black female born to “Leftie.” Leftie has an  L.L. Cool J going on with her horns. One horn goes out and the other follows in the same direction.


The colza is in bloom again.  That’s our neighbor’s colza.  The fields of yellow are lovely and prime you for the sunflowers to come.   The Pyrénées are out. The grass is green.