Monday, October 17, 2016

Calves And Cows

I feed the horses and cows a bit of grain every morning so that I can get them into the barn for a close look and also to keep them accustomed to me working nearby, moving around them:

 But the big problem right now is that only two of them have been bred for next year and I don't know if they are now pregnant. I am not seeing when they come into heat, so I'm spending more time, just hanging around the cattle and watching. It's so late already that any calves from successful inseminations now won't be born until late July or early August:

 The herd sure enjoyed the apples while they were available. They're pretty much a thing of the past by now, but both the cows and horses still run to me when I come out into the field. I know they're hoping I have apples:

 I can't now remember if this calf was Tabitha or Maggie, but she was running wildly just for fun. Blue was ignoring her:

 Tabitha, hanging out with the big girls:

 Maggie, still with a baby-face:

 The nearest cow is Rosella. Her udder is perfectly shaped but not distended as the older cows' udders are. I don't know if Rosella gives less milk or if the older cows had udder problems before they came to me. I do know that Rosella is raising a fine calf who doesn't seem hungry - so she must have enough milk:

 Tabitha, standing in the wrong spot. Yes, they do get pooped on sometimes:

 Tabitha, running in circles around the rest of the animals:

 Maggie and Tabitha playing. They like to run of course, but they also like to butt heads and climb up on the compost/manure pile:

 Mother and daughter, Scarlett and Maggie:

 The free grass clipping banquets are all over for the season. The lawns have stopped growing. This was the last delivery:

1 comment:

  1. Tabitha and Maggie have really grown. One seems darker red than the other.