Monday, October 17, 2011

Gathering Cattle

A couple of weekends ago we gathered up a group of cattle to ship off to the feed lot.  Throughout this process, Glen and I took some video using our flip video camera.  Below is my finished product.   Not to shabby if I do say so myself!  Take a look and feel free to give me some feedback on it!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Learning to Farm

This summer Orran became the proud owner of two bottle calves, Lucy and Ricky.

Lucy's on the left.  Ricky is on the right. 
With bottle calves comes great responsibility.  Everyday, twice a day, Orran had to feed his babies.  At times it was hard for him to drop everything and get to work but it was and is important for him to understand that you have to take care of your animals.  Even when that means you put them before yourself.   
Bottle time!
  Fixing a bottle for a calf is much like fixing one for a baby.  Milk replacer + water = food!! 

And then you're off! 

Ricky and Lucy are kept in pens close to the house to make it easier to care for them.  When they were really young, they needed help eating since they hadn't learned to come to the bottle yet.  By the end of the summer, Orran could call them as he was leaving the house and they'd come running. 

He even made up a song for them..."Milkin' time, milkin' time, come on get your milk!"  It makes me smile.  :)

Lucy and Ricky are now old enough that they are eating grass and Orran is giving them grain every evening.  The plan is to raise them until they're large enough to sell with the rest of our yearlings and put the money in O's savings account for college.  Until then, we're going to continue taking care of them every day and enjoy watching them play in their pasture.