Tag Archives: steer

Fuzzy

19 Nov

I was trying to take a picture of the naughty rump roast to show you how big and fuzzy they are getting.

He decided he should come check me out.

At least it was a good shot of his fuzzy ears.

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Monday. Monday.

5 May

Time for The Good. The Random. The Fun.  We could all use more of all of those.

The Good.  Nothing like kisses from grandma to make you feel loved.

Maxine and Norma Jean's bull

Maxine and Norma Jean’s bull

The Random.  A random shot of MJ.  I do love this guy.

MJ

MJ

The Fun.  Nothing like hanging with the older kids in pasture and playing with them.

BB (Bambi's Buck) and Moose

BB (Bambi’s Buck) and Moose

goat kids playing collage goat kids playing

They certainly do know how to have fun.

I’m also sharing with Mosaic Monday and Mandarin Orange Monday.

A Xanax Kind of Spring

30 Apr

It’s really been a month that has left me in a panic.  The sickness in the kids continues, despite vet visits.  I’ve lost three and am treating eight with antibiotics, which seems to be helping.  We’ve switched from thinking polio (thiamine defiency) to a bacterial infection.

Gretel

Gretel

I’m working really hard to figure out what’s going on before my last seven does get any closer to kidding.  It’s hard to diagnose, however, because most of the tests require examining brain tissue.  I didn’t send in the kids I lost because the others weren’t sick yet, and I didn’t know this was going to be an ongoing issue.  I’d like to prevent any more losses, so I’m trying to be creative in my diagnostics.  My vets are cooperative but tired of seeing me.

Vixen's buckling

Vixen’s buckling

My llama is not acting like himself, but there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with him.  All his vitals are good, so I’m going with the theory that he’s just getting old.  By my best account he has to be at the very least thirteen-years-old.

Djali

Djali

I had someone ask about Snickers the other day.  He’s eleven now and was diagnosed with cancer a year-and-a-half ago.  He’s doing quite well.  You’d never know he wasn’t in perfect shape if you didn’t look in his mouth.

Snickers

Snickers

I also have my seventeen-year-old steer who is doing well.

MJ

MJ

He does have some stumbling moments that make me nervous, and it’s really hard for him to get up, but he seems content.

MJ

Of course, Maxine wants to hang out with him and brings Norma Jean and the baby  bull with her, which continues the overcrowding in the barn and keeps it a wet mess.

Maxine

Maxine

That has contributed to issues such as hoof rot and lice.  It’s only the second time since I’ve had goats that I’ve had to do a mass treatment of lice.  Both times were after horrible cold winters keeping everyone inside.

Moose

Moose

Then there’s Stella.  She turned ten this spring.  When I was rubbing her belly this weekend, I felt that she appears to have tumors along her mammary glands on one side.  The vet will never be able to touch her, but I think it’s most likely that she has cancer.

Stella

Stella

This has certainly been a Xanax kind of spring.  It makes me wonder what I’m doing, but I can’t imagine my life not surrounded by all these animals.

Sharing with Alphabe-Thursday for the letter X,  Black and White Wednesday, and Rurality Blog Hop.