Curly & Her New Calf!
Hello Members and Friends,
Been driving tractor a lot lately doing the Spring field work. Riding a smaller tractor all day, bouncing and jerking while tossing your body up and down and sideways reminds me of riding a horse all day when I was younger herding cows or driving a team of horses while they pulled a wagon or other farm equipment. All pretty bumpy rides but easier on you when your younger. Sometimes it was even fun! Well driving the tractors pulling farm implements will be keeping me busy for at least the next month for every hour I have to spare. Meanwhile my wife will be transplanting and seeding new plants outside in the open garden nearly everyday. It's all part of the farming life for us.
Curly, my wife's pet cow just had her 10th healthy baby calf! Here's the story about how Curly became a family pet. About 14 years ago one of our cows was having trouble delivering her calf. She had always done well and been a good mom before. I watched her closely and finally called the Veterinary Dr. to come help. After his exam he told me the problem was that, at 17 years of age, she was just to old. The vet gave her a shot to help her dilate and then left. She still struggled but wasn't doing any better and finally passed on. To try to save the calf I reached inside and got hold of the calf and managed to pull it out, cleaned and massaged it with towels my wife brought out. Then I nursed it on it's mothers milk bag which was still warm. Baby calves must have a chance to nurse on a mother's milk or they have no immunity and will soon die without it. I milked out the remaining milk to use later for the baby. Then we carried the calf into the house and used the bathroom tub to clean her in warm water and help with the chill from the freezing cold outside. After a week or so in the bathroom she joined us in the living room for a couple months till it warmed up outside! Then she slept in a pen with the family dogs and learned to graze on the front lawn. She always acted like my wife was her mother and readily accepted most any type of food from her and still does today. She hangs her head over the fence around the house whenever she can and my wife gives her garden scraps and other left overs. She is friendly to most all people and dogs and even tolerates people touching her and her calves. She is also an excellent Mother Cow of her own! Here's a picture of her with her new calf. Also, the picture on our Newsletter homepage is of So & Curly as well.
Now let's taking a look at what we plan to bring for the CSA Deliveries this week:
Cooler of the Best Produce:
Micro Green Mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Swiss Chard, Kale, Collard Greens, Daikon Radish Greens, Carrots, Potatoes, Dry Onion, Squash, Green Onion, Leeks, Garlic Chives, Herb-Lemon, and Eggs
Variety of Meats:
Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Steaks, Beef Cutlets, Soup Bones, Ground Pork, Pork Ribs or Stir Fry Bacon / Ham Bits, Smoked Sausage.
Special Orders may be delayed till meat inventory is restocked. It's all in process right now but not sure yet when it'll be finished and available or delivery. I will keep everyone updated.
Looking forward to seeing you all!
Gary & So