As happens with most pregnant cows, about two weeks before giving birth, both cows' udders swelled with milk. They were pastured with a herd of Scottish Highlanders that included cows with nursing calves. Calves are always hungry and can be opportunists. One calf named Hamish, enticed by Keeper's massive teats, decided to nurse on Keeper-who let her! Hamish was a moocher, and Keeper was a willing "milk machine."
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.