I found June, a 2-month-old Scottish Highlander calf, standing next to her mom's lifeless body, mooing to get her up. But Missy had eaten something toxic and died.
It's summertime! Now that we are in the midst of a heatwave, it's hard to remember when the diesel truck won't start because it was too cold. While we don't have to deal with freezing weather, we do have to deal with an evil predator -- the common fly. Ticks are irritating and plentiful, but not the hazard to cattle that they are for humans.
Groundhog Day is not only the half-way point for hay-feeding but this year, it’s also the precursor for our Feb. 11 first-in-the-nation Presidential Primary. This is the season when the state is flooded with politicians. They show up at farmers' markets, on street corners, in grocery stores, and during the 2016 race Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson showed up at our farm; twice. Of course, for each politician, there seem to be hundreds of out-of-state supporters, well-known TV personalities, and camera-people trailing the candidates and seeking local color.
Every year four or five bulls are born on the farm, but we don't use this local talent for breeding. It would weaken the herd genetically. So periodically, we have to buy a new breeding bull from elsewhere.