Cattle

Cow Pregnancy Test

June 21, 2011
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Cow Pregnancy Test

It would be nice if they made a cow pregnancy test where you could just stick the little plastic indicator under the cow’s urine flow and have it read the cow baby hormone in about 30 seconds.  I mean, really, how hard is that?  But then again, I’ve seen a cow pee and I wouldn’t want to be the…

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Farm Boys Gathering Hay for the Winter

November 8, 2010
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Farm Boys Gathering Hay for the Winter

I hope to pick up farm blogging again.  So much has happened around here.  The biggest change we’ve been dealing with is learning how to adjust with 9 children.  Our little newborn baby is beautiful and with that wonderful package comes 24/7 care with lots of laundry, sleepless nights and exhaustion.  We’re not back up and running…

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2010 Spring Time on the Farm

April 21, 2010
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2010 Spring Time on the Farm

It isn’t a understatement that we have been swamped with activity here on the farm. This year has brought us many changes….many good changes for our family and we are starting to feel like we are gaining traction once again. This spring, we are enjoying all the babies being born. We’ve had several different sets…

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Tex on Tex

January 18, 2010
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Tex on Tex

Talk about a cowboy. Here we have Tex the son in the cowboy hat, riding on Tex, mommom’s freezer beef. The stated idea was to use a cow to round up the cows. I’m not so sure that worked well. But, I think the real objective of having a little farm adventure was achieved!

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Milk and Meat Cows, Pigs, Eggs and Boys

December 8, 2009
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We love May the Milk Cow.  She has a bull calf that is about 6 weeks old now.  They are doing wonderfully.  We have an abundance of winter milk for which we are all thankful for.  Having that milk drastically cuts our grocery bill as well.  Of course there is a lot of work that…

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Middle Tennessee Agrarian life in the Fall!

October 28, 2009
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Middle Tennessee Agrarian life in the Fall!

In case you have been wondering where we went…we’re still here.  I amazed at how busy life is.  Fall is already here in full swing and it is absolutely amazingly gorgeous outside.  Every year, I stand in awe at the amazing painting that appears. We have a lot of things coming up in the near future. …

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Calves For Sale

July 7, 2009
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Calves For Sale

We have a little side business we wanted to let you all know about.  For the past couple months, we have been buying and selling dairy bulls and having quite a lot of fun in the process.  We have made friends with a dairy not too far from us.  When they have a bull calf…

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The Guernsey Dairy

June 22, 2009
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The Guernsey Dairy

We do not have a mature dairy bull on our farm. We have been told by those more experienced than we, that dairy bulls are the most dangerous farm animal around.  We do however have a bunch of bull calves here on the farm awaiting to be banded.  Our 13 year old castrated one bull calf they…

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More Cow Talk

June 16, 2009
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More Cow Talk

Our boys are raising a cow for their grandparents.  They named him Tex.  They have been bottle feeding him for a while now and he is finally weaned!  He weaned from the bottle last week…he still likes Havala’s ear.    I am sympathetic to the newly weaned calves.  They come bounding up to the fence when we come near thinking…

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Introducing Havala

June 8, 2009
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Introducing Havala

Baby calves are so enjoyable to have around on the farm.  We love watching them romp and play.  Here’s one of our baby cows named Havala.  Here, Hava is chasing our 8 year old as he makes his way over to one of the other calves.  We plan on keeping her here on the farm…

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Teaching Children Responsibility and Work Ethic

May 5, 2009
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One fact that we quickly learned after we moved to the farm is that children can do more work than what you think.  It’s amazing how helpful they can be…when required to.  Our children are full of energy.  The trick is to harness that energy and point it in the right direction.  Children left to themselves,…

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Farm Life: Boys, Calves, and Cowboy Boots

April 21, 2009
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This has to be one of my favorite elements of the farm… young men with chores.  Of course they don’t look like they are having too bad of a time. embedded by Embedded Video  

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WHOAHHHH…Slow down there….

April 21, 2009
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We’re trying too.  We just realized it has been almost two weeks since we posted.  For shame.  Good thing the blog doesn’t require water or feed, doesn’t need it’s pen moved to a fresh green patch, doesn’t need a bottle or need to be milked …it just sits there and waits.  We have lots to post! …

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MomMom’s Cow

April 2, 2009
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MomMom’s Cow

…been busy…feeding their MomMom’s (grandma’s) calf… We have found that bottle feeding calves is sort of like bottle feeding a lamb or goat, only a baby cow is really a big animal to be so “little” , ya know, and is only going to continue to grow into a massive animal.  They drink a bigger bottle than what…

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Calf Chasing

April 1, 2009
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Calf Chasing

We have a new exercise…it’s called calf chasing.  You can join us every morning and evening if you like.  It’s what you do when you buy a bull calf that does not like you. This only looks like a leisurely morning walk.  The boys are chasing the calf around the pasture so that they can force feed him his…

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