Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cutting logs, and Mama cow

A few days ago Jan had a number of trees on her property trimmed or cut.  Even though most of the trees were Aspen, I took the tree trunks for firewood.  I got a large pickup load of tree trunks.  Today I fired up my chainsaw and cut the tree trunks into smaller pieces suitable for splitting and then for my wood stove.

I then, until I ran out of chainsaw bar oil, spent a few more hours cutting up fallen trees in the middle pasture.  I gathered up a pickup load and a half of logs and stacked them for later splitting.  I also stacked half of  "Jan's" logs I cut earlier.

That, and riding 30 miles on my bicycle, has left this guy feeling his age tonight.

In the afternoon I found Mama cow drinking by herself at the water trough.  I opened the gate and let her into the south corral to be with Tobey.  Panda saw what I was doing and came running from across the corral but I got the gate closed before she reached me.  Mama and cow #80 are the last two cows left to have calves.  Mama is usually very protective of her newborn calves and maybe by being in the south corral it would be easier to ear tag, and if a boy, band her calf.  Donna will be happy I put Mama in the south corral as she doesn't like Mama.

Mama is happy as she now has an "all-you-eat" hay bale.  She immediately stuck her head into the bale and ate and ate.  The photo is when she took a break from eating.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Discing: Round 1

Tuesday I made the first pass discing my hayfield.  Since I had worked the field up well last year before planting my oat, barely, and pea crop, I don't need to do much discing before planting my alfalfa and grass crop this Spring.  One more pass should be enough.

I did one pass now to set back the weeds and grass that started to appear in the field this past week with the warmer weather.  Also turning over the soil and burying the residual vegetation from last year crop will 'darken' the soil.  I am counting on this to help warm up the ground quicker before I plant later.  New alfalfa shoots can freeze.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

More 'Silver' photos

I think Beulah's calf is so pretty. I think I am going to name her: "Silver".  Here are a few more photos of her from Monday morning.  The calf does a bit of bawling when she is not next to her mother.  But I see milk around her mouth so she is drinking.

I saw Chris plowing his rented field this afternoon and I talked with him about the beaver dam, and about borrowing his packer so I can plant my hayfield this Spring.  The beavers didn't repair the dam I had partially removed a few days ago.  They did work on the culvert dam.  The replaced the north wing/dam from the culvert that I had removed.  They made the new addition even bigger.  I removed the addition.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Patrick, Buddette, and cow 40

It was a busy Sunday.  In addition to the birth of Beulah's calf, and Tobey getting a new hay bale, I had to herd cow #40 and her calf into the NE pasture to be with cow #20 in the temporary corral.  Cow #40 had a slight limp the past few days but this afternoon her limp got much worse.  The muddy corral may not be good for her leg, or another cow may have pushed or rammed her.

I was mainly trying to herd cow #40 and expected her calf to follow. But her calf took off like a rocket and ran way out in the pasture.  Cow #40 then hobbled as fast as she could after her calf.  After a few more 'calf rockets' I finally got the both of them to walk to the gate and into the NE pasture.  Then down to where cow 20 and cow 120 were eating in their temporary corral.

Cow 120 is the cow with the swollen jaw.  Today her jaw was less swollen.  It looks as if she had an infection and the infection has drained somewhat.  Surprisingly cow 120 shows no ill effects and eats well.  So, since I added cow #40 I decided to let cow 120 and her calf (Buddette) out and have them rejoin the rest of the cows.   Herding cow 120 and Buddette across the NE pasture to the north pasture was a small chore as Buddette rocketed around checking stuff out.

Sunday afternoon most of the calves were bursting with energy.  Must have been because of the nice day.

While Buddette was still in the temporary corral she caught ahold of her tail and licked and licked it.  She must have played with her tail for three minutes.  A long time for a calf to play with its tail.

And since I have cute photos of Buddette, I am including one of Patrick.

New hay bale for Tobey

On Sunday Tobey had about a day's worth of hay left to eat in his feeder.  But I had to start the tractor to get a couple of hay bales down from the top of the stack so I decided to give Tobey a new hay bale.  I took his old hay and gave it to the cows.  They were less than pleased as the older hay was from Calvin's field.  Tobey got a new bale of the grain hay.  He was happy.  I put part of a small hay bale in the barn's wooden feeder to distract Tobey as I lifted the metal feeder up onto its side and prepared the new hay bale.  Later Tobey buried his head into the new bale and ate and ate.