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Fern(Mi)    Posted 04-23-2004 at 17:04:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
….. Poppy. That is what I am.
Well now, what schedule? Grinding feed came to the forefront this morning, before Ollie, fencing, whatever.
Abandoned calf update. First mom turned the dear little calf down. Didn’t outright abuse her, but refused it just the same. Unreported, by the old axiom, “If at you don’t succeed, try-try again!” Gladly///Sadly we got to pair up this unfortunate twice abandoned calf with another unfortunate mother having lost a pair of freemartin twins, yesterday morning. Had I caught the impending action an hour earlier, I might have saved them. Who knows? Regardless, picking up a bucket full of placenta and mournful cow for a couple miles ride, I wrapped the calf in this cow’s placenta, and put the two together. What a sight? This idée bitty calf’s knees locked to keep from falling down, the cow giving it a good sniff and a few licks across the face. The match was looking good. So good, I stepped into the stall and removed the placenta’s weight off the well bloodied and smelly calf, throwing the remains outside. Checking them this morning the two front quarters looked well drained. Tonight the rear quarters teats had been used to drain those glands, And the calf was well polished shined like the Notre Dam dom.
Can’t ever remember the girls at the car wash doing that good a job on my truck. But then I was across the street that time I saw them miummmm doing there thing while I waited for Clink to come out the grocery store. And I never did have the opportunity to let those girls get their hands on me truck…….
Can’t ever remember a year of livestock loses the likes of this Spring. Vets been out twice. USDA vets been here twice. They haven’t seen nothing wrong. We’re doing all the right things. Feeding area of the yearling heifers was the worst for about three weeks. The areas with breed heifers and cows looking good. Open water all Winter. Good hay. Grain and supplements where needed. Just the law of averages and Nature’s odds caught up with us.
Oh well, Grain’s ground for seven/eight more days, finish service and fuel 2150 Ollie, she’ll be ready to go with her plows hitched and greased.
Now, if I could just get into a humorous mood, I’d feel better. Wait a minute. I thinks I found a might bit of a tidbit of domestic discourse turned into harmonious mating dancing. Like our becoming involved in an argument over something that we lost tract of or forgot what the argument was about in the beginning? Those were some of the best making up kind, filled with whole evening laughter.
Icky! It’s only about six more weeks forty six years ago, this some dark haired dark eyed wench had set her cap for me. Oh the shame of it all! The continued suffering? Her picking up raising me where my mother left off. It has been pure brutality.
Well, whatever I didn’t get done today, all them jobs, will be waiting for me tomorrow. Farming’s wonderful. Never run out of things to do, to keep busy. Yup, love it almost as much as something else, if I could only remember what singularly thing/object it was? Maybe Clink will remind me later?

Tinker    Posted 04-23-2004 at 20:16:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I too missed your daily story. I'd love to have half your energy.
All I have on my agenda tomorrow is to plant 200 potatoe sets, peas and get the rest of the gardens tilled.

KellyGa    Posted 04-23-2004 at 18:32:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Fern! Thanks for the update on the calves. More pics to come? You have so much energy, I need to siphon some of that energy off of you so I can use it! LOL! Take care, get some rest, missed ya, see ya later.

Willy-N    Posted 04-23-2004 at 17:56:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Were still waiting on 2 calves!! Starting to be a little late but the cows will drop them when they are ready. Cows are fine but we are playing the waiting game ourselves! Nice to see you on line again. Mark H.

jeanette    Posted 04-23-2004 at 17:14:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
well at least you saved one calf right?
don't work to hard fern planting season has just started

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