She's here! On June 3rd we had the first calf of the season and she is a lovely brindle named
June Bug! Her sire was a Scottish Highlander and the mama cow ( aka "Roundhead" ...Dave named her) is showing promise of being a fabulous milker! She is half beef breed crossed to a jersey (dairy breed) so we really didnt expect too much in the way of production, in fact we werent even figuring on milking her, but the way she has developed we thought that she just looked too good to pass up. She has been "fresh" (dairy term for coming into milk) for less than 3 days and she is already milking 5 gallons of milk a day on GRASS ONLY!!!! No grain whatsoever! Many dairy men would scoff at the lowly amount of 43 lbs of milk per day, but we are thrilled. It is so creamy and the butterfat is decidely jersey influenced since it is bright golden orange in color.. YUM! It's going to make great cheese!
|San Marzano Tomatoes all mulched and loving the heat!|
|Wild Honey Locusts Blossoms|
It appears that no farm is without it's bit of "drama". Our two bull calves, "Freddie" (the brown one) and "Rib Eye" were having their fair share of it today. It seems that "Rib Eye" who is obviously bigger and more heavily muscled than lighter framed and all around smaller Freddie, decided to be a bit of a "bully". Now you know where the term "bully " comes from!
Poor Freddie didnt even paw the ground, he just humbly lowered his head, waiting for the pending impact.
You can notice by comparing the two photos how much "Rib Eye's" overall heft shoved Freddie back by quite a few feet! Not to worry! There is one great leverage that mother nature endowed our little underdog with, and that is the world's great equalizer....
Horns!!! Freddie has horns, Ribe Eye does not. Little Freddie has him on the run...yes, life is good !