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Quick Melt

12 Mar

I can’t believe the difference two days has made.  This is the field and pasture around sunset on March 9th.

sunset over snowy field

These are from just an hour earlier on March 11th.

rain clouds approaching

Most of the snow is gone, but we do still have some mud; although, I’m impressed with how much has soaked into the ground.  That’s good because we’re still dealing with the drought conditions from last year.

winter pasture

We have a colder (around freezing) day today, but then it looks like fifties are here to stay.  I’m really getting excited for kidding now that it looks like we’ll have some okay weather conditions.

cattle shed

When I was trying to check my heifer the night-before- last (driving around the whole field for about thirty minutes) I did manage to find a bit of snow that made me glad the Ranger has all-wheel drive.

tracks in snow

I’m sure it was a cute sight with me driving around out there in my jammies.  I never did find Norma Jean last night, but she was around and still very pregnant this morning.  I hope she doesn’t hide from me tonight when it’s cold again.

Sharing with Alphabe-Thursday where the letter of the week is Q.  I’m also sharing with Rurality Blog Hop.

The Cow Girls

21 Jan

I keep telling you about Maxine and her desire to be with MJ to the point of about ruining the fence, so I thought I’d better let you see the girls.

Gelbvieh cow

She really does hang out waiting for MJ.

cow and steer

Of course, that makes me feel guilty.

purebred Gelbvieh cow

It’s not like Maxine doesn’t have company.  Norma Jean is right there with her.  That’s who she’s looking at.

red cow

Norma Jean looks good, but she seems to have twisted her ankle or stepped on something.  Anyhow, she has a sore foot.

Gelbvieh Angus cross heifer

For now, I’m keeping a close eye on it because she’s wild.  It might take a whole bevy of cowboys and some major tranquilizers to examine her.  At seven months pregnant, that wouldn’t be good.  Below is the look that says, “I want to run from you because you talked to me, but it hurts too much to run.”

black heifer

I’m desperately hoping she heals without intervention.  Today, it already looks like she’s walking a little better.  There are benefits to my livestock being spoiled.

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My Worst Bovine Pictures Ever

5 Dec

There’s two stories here today.  First, I really miss my camera.  The D40 doesn’t have the capabilities to take pictures in low light the way my D3100 does.  Also, the autofocus doesn’t work with the lens I’m using.  My eyes are bad, it’s dark, and I’m using manual focus.  That leads to the worst bovine pictures ever.

black heifer

I would remove the burrs from her face if she’d let me touch her.

We had a cold front come through and we went from 40*F in the morning to 20*F when I got home to do chores.  MJ had come in from the pasture and was enjoying the lack of wind.  That’s thanks to the tarp I hung over the north wall/door.

giant steer in barn

Maxine and Norma Jean, however, did not seem to think it was fair.

cow and heifer behind fence

Maxine was positively bellowing to be let into the barn.  Don’t get me wrong, she has a nice cattle shed that they can go into.  It even has the nice deep bedding for MJ’s old bones.

cow behind fence

MJ must have been talking across the fence about how I give him a nice bowl of corn and deliver hay to him, so he doesn’t have to leave the barn or walk in order to get his tummy full.

cow eating corn

It takes two hands to hold the camera and adjust the focus and one to feed corn. I ran out of hands, so it’s a lovely shot of the night sky.

I did break down and bring an ear of corn for each of them.  Norma Jean wouldn’t take it though, so Maxine got both.

fuzzy cow face

I’m pretty sure this was not how I planned the cattle arrangement for this winter.

As a bonus, either the camera or lens is cleaned and the other has arrived in Texas.  They should be back home by the end of next week.  I’m sure we’ll all be happy for that joyous occasion!

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