The Colza Is In Bloom Again

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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.

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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.

Now Tell Me

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Are the calves snuggled in long grass after a big move content?

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Is a fat herd happy after asking them to move to another paddock mid-nap?

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Is Brent happy that I didn’t spray him with the running hose as we switched the water?

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Is this cow pregnant?

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Yeah, he says she’s ready to go.

Me?  … I look at that full udder and think, boy, we could really use a milk cow on this farm.

Milk Nose and Ear Tags

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After a calf has a feed, they get milk nose.  Milk all over their face.  They really get into feeding.  They butt their mother’s udders with their head and then feed.  I’ve fed a bottle calf before, you must watch out because they will butt you too.  They’ll butt anything to get more milk.

Brent tagged another calf today.  Can you see him?  He’s in the middle of a curious herd.  Don’t try this at home.  He has a technique.  A technique based on a foundation of calm.  If you are calm, then they are calm.  We’ve tried other ways of tagging a calf that were successful, but this year has been smooth.  He also castrates the boys as well.

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I’m not a fan of tagging calves.  It can be dangerous.  Have you seen those horns?  But regulations say we have to.  In France, you tag both ears.  I see that America has gotten off easy with one ear tag.  If you don’t tag the calf the first day, you will never catch it.  I believe there are rodeo events based on this principle.

This Cow Will Not Eat Your Cabbage

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The herd is up by the nieghbors.  They have cabbage.  Though tempting, I’m sure the herd shall behave themselves.

Brent checks out a lucerne paddock that should be done for the year.  Too much warm and sun.  Good.  What you don’t see are his socks and mandals.  whew!IMG_5386

Nothing Like A Good Scratch At The Yards

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The herd came up to the yards last Sunday.  Yes, we’re still holding up the wall with the digger.  Why? you ask? Because the giant cement post holding the wall up has lost hold of the earth with all the rain we’ve had in the last two years. No big deal as the cows shouldn’t push the fence much …

unless they do this:

IMG_4830The cows, they like to scratch.  Most paddocks have a cow scratch post.  But it doesn’t matter, when the herd comes to the yards, they are rewarded with the best scratch post in town.  Old telegraph posts, covered in some moss held up by a digger.  Aaaaaaaah.

Cows in the yards.

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We’ll fix that fence soon.  It’s on the list.

Triage done.  Off you go herd.

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Back to grass.

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Lumi, Cow. Cow, Lumi.

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Lumi is settling in nicely with the farm.  He has not killed a chicken.  He has been in with the cows.  We don’t like him to go in with the cows, but the  cows that are up at the yards at the moment are calm.  They are good training cows.  As the herd gets closer, we’ll need to do some more training.  Nothing a little hot wire won’t cure.

 

 

Oh You, Blackie Onassis

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Brent took this photo. Little Miss Blackie Onassis doing what she does best, eat under the wire. She likes to grab as much as possible by kneeling. Hot 100, your calf is so cool. Your conformation is so right. But this wire under eating thing, not good. I hope we can work this out, my dear.

A Cow With A Cunning Plan

This is cow 12 eating under the wire.  She is a nice cow and has given us two great calves.  She has developed a bad habit.  She systematically munches all the grass under the wire.  After Brent lets the cows  through to a new slice of grass, she heads straight for the temporary fence and begins her routine.

Here she is about to finish a unit.  She munches until she arrives at that white post to her left.

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She gets up and walks to the other side of the post.

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Left leg down.

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Right leg down.

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And munch.  She walks along in this position until she arrives at the next white post.  Butt in the air.  Never getting zapped.

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She’s only started the “kneel” position.  I’m pretty certain she learned it of Blackie Onassis, our greatest under the wire muncher.  The two of them munch together often.
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Boy Unexpected

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We thought they might come early.   “Large Marge” is oh so fertile.  A ‘J’ boy  he might be Jegun, he might be Jesus … our ‘J’ names have suddenly alt-tabbed their way to importance.  He is tagged and castrated ( nice tag work, Gary! Next time the balls? ).  Despite my husband’s cold/flu deal, that youngun was sorted.  It’s tough with Salers,  If you don’t catch them the first day, it may be too late..  I can’t believe we are here already.  Are we here?  With the calves?  Our ‘i’ calves are still so young.  Little, silly babies.  No, we are here.  Our Gremlin bubs will arrive soon.  Little Jesus is proof.  ( yes, yes I  know …. no Jesus.  Jagger?  Jimmy Ricard? )