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maryjane

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Posted - Apr 17 2021 :  06:57:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sure enjoying my spring flowers. My lane is lined with happy daffies.



And after almost a 10-year wait, I'm finally getting a boiler installed in our millhouse (for floor heat and hot water).



Bovine girls are all fine and loving the pasture these days. I dried Buttercup off cold turkey (worked fabulously well with her--doesn't always work with some cows) in preparation for her upcoming calf.

Daisy is still giving a gallon and a half/day so that's keeping us in milk.

I'm out the door for a day of pruning and garden-type fussing, this and that, putter, putter. It's been sunny here but with a strong, cold wind. Today, it's sunny and still. I'm excited for the day 'cause it's all mine!


MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~

NellieBelle

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Posted - Apr 18 2021 :  10:35:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello all! Everything here is spring, new life, spring flowers, and that beautiful green grass. Love the daffodils MaryJane! And your broiler looks complicated, congratulations!! Just a very pleasant time of year. Lots of work required, branches needing cut down, brush piles picked up, weeding, always weeding. But such joyful work. Wore totally out by the end of the day. New chicks hatching. Cows all doing fine. Nellie may have fooled me, but we will wait and see another cycle. She didn't come in heat first cycle after AI but showed signs with the last cycle so we're scratching our heads. She did this last time too. Ended up she was pregnant, but she's a puzzle. Other than that all is well and just enjoying each day. They are talking snow for tomorrow, so today is a busy work day. All 3 new 3lb. pkg. of honey bees installed, so 6 hives in use. Waiting for that Buttercup calf.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown
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Boots&Flipflops

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Darla

Posted - Apr 21 2021 :  11:54:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What glorious pictures of Spring from both of you ladies. I am not much for tending to a flower garden, but once we move I will be planting Daffodils and Lillys which are my two favorite flowers.

MaryJane I was asked a question eight weeks ago about selling LacyLou. First thing that flew out of my mouth was who wants to know? Well it was during an appointment with my farrier. He was asking for himself. He said he had been looking at her every time he comes. He is wanting a little milk cow for his family that is he, his wife and 4 young daughters.

Well at our appointment this morning again he asked. So this summer LacyLou will be in the hands of a very loving family with 4 Milk Maid Girls.
Lacy is going to be bred to a mini Dexter with fantastic bloodlines.
My farrier is a wonderful young man, Military Veteran, and was raised on a dairy. So I am comfortable.

These pictures are not the greatest, but wanted to share.


The first picture is Peaches and Molly, and the second one is Molly, who was pretty much a rescue.(long story) I have had her looked over by my vet and she is in very good health and fully vaccinated.

Both of these girls will be AI'd with Samson semen either in May or June.

Going to visit our Washington ranch next month. Yes at this point we are still going up for visits.

Hope everyone is doing well and has a Great Day

To Succeed In This Life You Need Three Things: A Backbone, A Wish Bone and a Funny Bone. As quoted by Reba McEntire
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maryjane

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Posted - Apr 24 2021 :  4:16:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A new home for Lacy Lou. Sounds ideal with the four little girls and papa able to trim hooves. And Molly and Peaches up and coming, bred to Samson. Just one big happy family. Thanks for the update. Say hello to Lacy Lou for me. There have a been more than a couple of times I wished I'd kept her because even though small, her legs were longer, making her easy to milk. And her teats were ample and very uniform.

We tried to give Daisy a hoof trim last week and she nearly killed herself. We've learned to do only two hooves at a time with two different electric trimmers going. Even so, she can't seem to calm herself. I have a drug I've tried before but don't want to use it while she's in milk. Given her one problematic back foot, she'd be lame in no time if we didn't give her a trim. One toe grows faster than the other and she ends up walking on the side of her foot and it starts to bow her leg. How many times have you tried to tell an animal that you're only trying to help? Geez.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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maryjane

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Posted - Apr 26 2021 :  2:01:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Daisy has a new name: Lazy Daisy.

I have her separated from Momma Buttercup and her heifer, Rosetta, because the two of them can be together safely when Rosetta is in heat, but Daisy tries to mount Rosetta. And if I put Rosetta off by herself she moos night and day. So, it's Daisy that has to be quarantined.

I gave Daisy her breakfast this morning and she didn't even come to the table properly, well, sort of, she brought the table to her.






MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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NellieBelle

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Posted - Apr 27 2021 :  03:26:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dear Daisy. Bless her heart. That is so cute, (proper or not). My gals have been taking it easy too, but not eating laying down. Hot here at the moment at 87 degrees yesterday and 83 supposedly today. Turned hot fast and it takes a while to adjust, so they take it easy when it's this warm. It won't last thankfully. Enjoy seeing all the cows. Still hatching ducklings and little chicks. Usual springtime goings on.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown
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NellieBelle

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Posted - May 03 2021 :  06:55:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Waiting to hear about Buttercup. Any news of first time momma? I guess this isn't first time for her. Losing track. But still waiting to hear if she had her calf yet.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown

Edited by - NellieBelle on May 03 2021 06:58:40 AM
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maryjane

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Posted - May 03 2021 :  8:49:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Buttercup is a ways off. A couple of months ago I was telling Connie that April was her due date, but then got to doubting that afterward and checked and it's July, so two more months. Buttercup was born in April which is why I was thinking April. Anyway, I'll let you know as her time draws near. Too many due dates, too many cows, and too little time for me to keep track of them all. Thankful for written calendars! I keep track of their heats on paper also. In my mind it seems like they just get over a heat when it's back again. 21 days goes fast, which is why I'm always checking what I write down:) You have three pregnant mommas, right?

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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NellieBelle

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Posted - May 04 2021 :  04:32:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good morning MaryJane! I'm glad I'm not the only one that gets things mixed up now and then. Guess I will have to wait on that little Buttercup calf. Trying to keep heat cycles and each cow's gestation dates, gets to be a bit confusing at times. I have a notebook and a calendar I write in and I still have a time, but that's just me. Yes, 3 cows pregnant. I had the vet come and do an exam on Nellie. Everything checks out but she is not pregnant. I won't breed her back now until June or July as I don't really want a winter calf. So Estella due in Aug. and the other two in Oct. And Nellie on hiatus. Weeding and gardening in full swing here. Love this time of year. We are in need of rain, but it will come when it comes.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown
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