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A few photo from around the farm this past weekend….
It was rainy the first part of the weekend and then hot and STICKY humid after the rain stopped….
Thursday evening when I got home my cow neighbor called and had an unexpected birth….having lost the last calf a few weeks ago to an unknown predator, as the cows are in an isolated field way back beyond my house: he was duly worried. We decided to get the cow and calf to my place for the night and he would move them the next day. All went well until the calf ducked into the summer cover crop strip that was six feet tall….We looked and looked….neighbor was concerned…finally I turned his mama cow and my three into the strip along with the goats….they eventually found the calf….
From the photos it does not look like the cover was six feet tall…but the photo was Saturday after they had been in there since Thursday night….this was the first time tht I had seen the goats out in the field with the cows….the goats had been intimidated by them previously….
Cows and goats in the summer cover crop
Of course my assistants kept a steady eye on all the goings on from their favorite spot under the cedar tree…
Dee Dee’s Favorite spot outside is under that cedar tree
Glad to see the goats finally with the cows
This field is broken up into five strips and all have the summer cover on them….well not any more…on Sunday I reseed this first strip with fall cover crops and moved the cows and goats to the next two strips down….then I bush hogged this strip….I broadcast and mowed three paddocks all together over the weekend…
Since I have a couple of my cows back home from the neighbors field….the heifer will calve in a month and the cow a month after her and the heifer calf is being developed for a brood cow….I have one other cow who is still with the neighbors herd…
Anyhow back when I just had a few cows I used to have neck chains on them and they were all halter broke…these are not halter broke….but I love the sound of the cow bells grazing….so I put chains on them and the cow bells and put some fly tags on the chains as I did a while back with the horses….still seems to be helping on the equines. The little donkey, Jonah, has learned how to flip his chain over one ear so that the fly tag lays on his forehead….I used to think it was accidental but now he does it so often that I am sure it is by design….
I love the bells
New Chains bells and fly tags
The Enforcer and The Watchdog