It’s been a while since I’ve written….about a month, now that I think about it! Time sure flies!
We have had a busy month or two. Really it seems to be busy on the farm any time, but I’ve been heavily involved in tax time, and reconciling and preparing everything for the accountant, as well as some behind the scenes business stuff that we have been working on since January. I just couldn’t wrap my head around writing when I was so busy with numbers, and book work stuff.
So let’s play catch up! What’s been happening on the farm….
I’ve been asked several times about our little dear, Lucy. If you remember I wrote about a calf that was born a little while ago, unable to stand or walk very well. We have been nursing her along, as she has a tenacious character, and a will to fight.
A couple of Saturdays ago, Rebecca the vet, came out to do a little procedure on a cow, so we had her check Lucy out as well. Steve had sent her a couple of progress videos, so she was also intrigued by Miss Lucy!
After watching Lucy walk, and doing a physical assessment, Rebecca felt that she might have a condition called “contracted tendons”, which calves can have at birth. It can be a birth defect that can correct itself, so it’s kind of a wait and see thing at this point. We have given her some vitamins and minerals to see if that will help correct the condition. We are giving her every opportunity we can, as long as she continues to fight, and isn’t suffering we will continue.
Rebecca had a multi-purpose visit that day, while she assessed Lucy, she was actually called to perform a procedure on a cow. Earlier in the week, the cow had birthed a set of twins. Steve had gone out at midnight to do the calf check, all was well. When he went back out at 6:00am, this particular cow had given birth to a set of twins that were not living when he got out there. A number of things could have happened, but in the end the result is the same….a cow with no babies. That is a pretty big loss in a cow/calf operation, as you aren’t going to keep a cow around for the summer, eating the pasture when it hasn’t offered a return on investment. So seeing as this cow was one that Steve really liked he immediately attempted to foster a calf.
Fostering doesn’t always work out, it can be a little tricky.. Steve got a calf that he was able to cover in the cleanings/placenta ( a little graphic I know) from the cow the morning it gave birth. You have to do this very quickly after the cow has birthed, as you are ultimately attempting to trick them into thinking it is really their calf, before they realize the loss they have had. So their scent is all over the calf, and their instinct is to lick the calf clean. In this case it worked, Mama took to Little Dave, and they are a happy pair today!
Back to Mama….after a day or two Steve realized that Mama wasn’t expelling her placenta as a cow should after birth. So he called the clinic, and thus the reason for Rebecca’s visit. She was removing a “retained placenta”. Obviously not a fun thing to do, for Rebecca or the cow, but a necessity none the less.
Shortly after Rebecca left, we had a little more excitement on the farm. A cow that Steve had had for quite some time, whom he had a conversation with telling her she was on her way out after this calf as she had been a faithful, calf- producer for 18 years. She doesn’t have a good, fully functioning udder anymore, which can make it tough for calves to get enough milk. Steve and Nathan were busy working in the barn getting things beddened, so it was clean and ready for anymore cows that calved. This Mama birthed not one but two calves! We haven’t had twins on this farm in a large number of years, and this was the 3rd set this calving season!! Both alive and well, and somehow she is providing for them fairly well. Steve has had to supplement a little, and watches them closely, but they seem to be thriving.
I absolutely love this time of the year! I love all that Spring brings to the table. The warmer temperatures, the beautiful sunshine, new calves, baby chicks, new growth in the fields. I love the greening up of the pastures, the fresh air in the open windows, the chance to be outside playing and working in flowerbeds and around the farm.
It’s a season of new beginnings, a chance to start again perhaps. Spring reminds us of the natural beauty and simplicity all around us. The beautiful colours, the fresh air, the new growth, inspires us to be the best version of ourselves. It brings us out of those dark, dull days of winter, and breathes new life into our vision and dreams. I have all kinds of goals, and things added to my “To Do” list, that have me excited for the days to come! Looking forward to the beauty of God’s creation, the sunrises and sunsets, the winding streams and broken roads, the mercy, grace, forgiveness and understanding!