Poor Kitties

All three kitties are banished to the outdoors completely for a couple of days.  This morning they received their twice a year droncit tablet to deal with the nasty tapeworms.  They are very good about allowing me to shove a pill down their throats – each accepted their medicine on the first go and, as usual, didn’t bite or scratch.  Good, brave kitties.

Next week is Strongid.  Much easier being a liquid and they like the taste.

Cheers!

tauna

 

The Verdict

Just finished pregnancy checking a few cows, including my recip (recipient) cows.  Remember that 10 cows were implanted with Aberdeen-Angus embryos on the 24th and 25th of September.  The verdict:  of the ten, six are bred!  That is 60%!  Which is so exciting.  It sounds like a low percentage, but consider that these embryos were collected and frozen in Scotland on 17 March 2015, then shipped frozen in August to Los Angeles, passed through customs, then on to GENEX in Billings, Montana continuing to Trans-Ova in Chillicothe, MO.  Then thawed and implanted.  That’s a LOT of room for error.

These cows are scheduled to calve about 25 June 2016.  A lot can happen between now and then and even at calving and during the calf’s growing years.  So the risk continues.

Suffice it to say, i may have the most colourful recip cows in the county!

Embryos come from Dunlouise Angus in Forfar, Scotland.  The Corriente and Longhorn were bought a few years ago from Bart Albertson and Jeremia Markway and the Dexter/Angus from a neighbour.

Cheers!

tauna

D121 x Jipsey Earl
This Longhorn cow is carrying a D121 (dam) and Jipsey Earl calf.
E170 x Jipsey Earl (2)
This Corriente cow is carrying an E170 (dam) and Jipsey Earl baby.
E170 x Jipsey Earl (3)
This Angus/Dexter cross cow is pregnant with an E170 and Jipsey Earl calf.
E170x Jipsey Earl
Corriente cow carrying an E170 (dam) and Jipsey Earl calf.
K377xRed Native
Corriente Cow pregnant with a K77 (dam) and Red Native calf.
E170 x Jipsey Earl
Longhorn cow carrying an E170 (dam) and Jipsey Earl calf.
260B x Ohlde Linebred
Corriente cow carrying a 260B (dam) and Ohlde OCC Linebred 661L (Angus) calf.

 

Winter Is On Its Way!

Got a late start this morning, but headed up to roll up a polybraid, then take it to the paddock where the cows were and set it up.  I had put off rolling this polybraid up all summer and because of that, there was some damage to the wire (it wasn’t energised all this time) from deer, calves, sheep chewing on it and breaking the tiny wires braided inside the poly.

Thinking the cows would be starving (they act like that a lot), I provided them far too large a stockpiled paddock.  They just ran around trampling their food and kicking up their heels!  Despite standing knee deep in fresh grass, after about an hour, some of them had wandered back into the old paddock to nibble on short clovers.

This is the first strip of winter stockpile I’ve turned them onto this season.   The paddock size is 17.9 acres, but they’ve been alloted about 7, which as i said was far too much.  It’s grown pretty good although this is growth since May, not August- September, so the quality will not be as good and I’ll need to watch the condition of the cows as winter becomes more severe and they need more energy.   I estimated there are about 7 inches of forage at about 350 lbs per inch giving 2450# per acre.  Given the number of cows and calves in this mob, they eat about 6000# per day, so this 7 acre allotment should yield about 17,150 lbs or 3 days of grazing.  It will be interesting to see how close i get to the estimation.

Forecasting snow flurries by morning.

Shabbat Shalom!

tauna

tannachton farm 003

tannachton farm 001
Photo Bomb!!

Blessed with Fine Weather!

We had a lovely couple inches of rain a couple weeks ago which settled the dust after about 7 weeks of nuthin’!  It was dry – and still is – but with warm weather, the grass actually has been squeaking out a bit of growth before the last of this nearly perfect weather gives way to the bitter iciness of winter.

So, we have not had to turn the cows and calves on to winter stockpile yet – we have fed a few bales of hay to stretch the stay on some of the paddocks simply for convenience.  Plus it’s dry enough to set out bales with the pickup, so it’s a nice time to feed hay.  Once the snow is blowing and it’s cold, snowy, icy, or slick, i would rather just leapfrog another stretch of polywire on the stockpile and let the cows go to grazing.

This is the perfect time to get stock tanks, pump houses, etc winterized.  Today, I removed my two marine-type batteries from the solar powered water pump.  Drained the pump, pressure tank, intake and out pipes as well as 4000 feet of 1 1/2 inch HDPE water pipe (not as hard as it sounds, just undo the end and it gravity drains itself), and removed the bottom screw from the filter from the pond to drain it.  Unplugged and shut off the pump, turned the solar panels off, shut down the door to my portable solar house and latched it, loaded the marine-type batteries (yeah, they are heavy  – ’bout 60 lbs a piece!) into the back of my Gator and it is all set for winter.  I store the charged batteries in our basement – don’t want them to drain and freeze – they cost about $140 each.

Allen and Dallas are replacing a half a quarter mile of perimeter barbed wire fence on my Buckman 80.  It was just getting too worn out to keep cows in with any peace of mind.  They set posts and stretched wire today and yesterday.  Rick helped yesterday.  Such a busy week, they hope to finish up on Monday.  Once the end posts settle a couple days, then they’ll stretch the wire.  I can help put on the clips.  Why don’t i help?  Honestly, i’m really not strong enough to do much except put on the clips.  If anything ever happens to my guys, I’ll have to hire my perimeter fencing done.

My to-do list today:

Go to my farm – It takes an hour and 10 minutes roundtrip, so a good part of the time is spent in traveling.  Once there, i moved a water tank, replaced an anchor and brace post on hi-tensile fence, pulled the fiberglass line posts and moved them.  I’m actually moving about 650 feet of existing 2-strand hi-tensile wire over a bit.  It just wasn’t working where i had built it four years ago.

Quick trip to Brookfield to buy nappies for Allen’s Aunt June – she is attending a baby shower saturday morning to which i’ll take her.  At 96, her eyesight and motor coordination isn’t what is used to be and she no longer drives.  Last week, i spent a few hours scrubbing her frig and freezer since it was not working properly and all the food had gone — well, totally nasty.  I discovered that the back of the freezer (inside) was frozen solid, so hoped that cleaning, vacuuming underneath and behind, as well as completely defrosting would fix the problem.  Thankfully it did.  I found a wooden bar to place beneath the front of the unit since it was leaning so far forward.  Maybe the doors were not getting shut completely to cause it to freeze up.

We were supposed to have sunny weather today, but that didn’t happen.  However, I’d already set Dallas to the task of caring for his lawnmower trailer with linseed oil and mineral spirits on Monday early afternoon.  After two days of curing, today would have been the second coat.  He had parked it in the barn last night because of the possibility of rain; only a heavy mist, but inside it is dry.  Maybe he’ll get that second coat on tomorrow.

Had planned to pain the letters on the Powell Seed Farm sign, but too high humidity and too cool.  Ran out of time anyway.

Made some phone calls.  One to get the lawnmower picked up for annual maintenance, another to Bill to schedule changing out June’s garbage disposal, amongst others. Received a phone call from the fellow in south Missouri from whom I’m buying hay and he has it all delivered, so will pay him tomorrow.

Well, that’s about it along with preparing beef fillets and stir fry for lunch, three loads of laundry, making up another batch of laundry soap, and washing dishes.  I had more on the to-do list, but tomorrow’s another opportunity.

CHeers!

tauna