More Happy Calves :)
Hello Members and Friends,
Can you believe it?! Just as we are ready to cut hay another thunderstorm is underway again! Also I took a fall and the hip pain that started last year with my being knocked down and trampled by an oversize hog has gotten worse. The constant pain really saps the energy out of me. The doctor insists its just pain from my back injury and arthritis. Also says there's no need for imaging. But has no hesitation prescribing an assortment of high strength pain killers. I've had a few broken bones in the past while serving as a Paratrooper and working as a Logger and the hip pain feels very similar. But what do I know? Hopefully I'll find some time to get other medical help. I'm only one of many hands-on farmers who have endured pain to keep up with the chores. Were much better off nowadays.
Had even more new calves born the last two weeks or so. Finding and visiting with them really brings me cheer. I always go get my wife to share these fun moments. She also always wants to visit her pet cow "Curly". She's just a few months away from her 11th calf. My wife says we can't quit living here as long as she is living! Believe it or not we even get chummy with most of the other critters, including some of the hogs. I'm always sad when we harvest some of the livestock except I know that without their life on the farm few would survive or exist at all. Whenever someone criticizes me for "evil confining" and "mistreating animals" I ask them how many they are befriending and taking care of and the answer is usually none. Soon after that the conversation is over.
Moved the cattle to a new pasture today. People are surprised when I just open the gates and call them the way I did way back when I was about 8 yr's old calling the milk cows into the barn for milking. It only works if the cows know and trust you. Only on rare events do they ignore me like when they jump a fence into my neighbors shiny green grain field. Glad we moved them first. Poor Happy our dog didn't get to do her job retrieving them this time. She also patrols the garden to chase out Rock Chucks. It's hard to believe they can run faster than her unless you see it for real. One she chased today ran beneath a truck and hid up under the hood somewhere. Happy was really frustrated!
Haven't had to set up the irrigation and water the outside garden even one time so far with all the rain. But I can't keep up with the grass mowing and cultivating for the same reason. Last of storage veggies soon but we will have the first harvest of fresh potatoes this week. So never get's a break from the constant weeding and thinning of veggies. She's also still planting for later in the season.
Let's take a look at what we plan to bring this week.:
Cooler of the Best Produce:
Micro Greens Mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Fresh Potatoes, Spinach, Sugar Peas, Salad Onions, Herb-Basil, Kale, Chard, Collard Greens, Beet Greens, Napa Cabbage, Daikon Greens, Red Globe Radish, Rhubarb, Dry Onion Bulb, Garlic Chives, and Eggs.
Variety of Meats:
Chicken, Ground Beef, Steak Cutlets, Beef Stew Meat, Ham Steaks, Ground Pork Sausage, Soup Item.
Gary & So