Sweet new heifer calf and cow
My husband is a dairy farmer and we are lucky enough to live right on the dairy...I mean right on the dairy. We are walking distance from the milk barn, maternity barn and pen after pen of cows and heifers!
Can we keep her daddy?
The picture of the new calf above...is in the maternity barn directly a hop, skip and a jump across the street from our house. My girls have seen it all...calves being born and even bottle feeding a new calf. Pretty special...we think!
This is my "co-pilot" checking on things...
We are never bored...there is always something to do. When the weather is nice...we head out for our walk around different fields of alfalfa, corn or other grains (depending on the season.)
Flashback...moving cows a few years ago.
Working with daddy is something the girls love. We have jumped in the truck to move cows, change water or pick him up in a field getting off the tractor...life of a dairy wife (and girls!)
For the story on the following sweet twins...click HERE.
It's a sweet life...(especially when it is homemade ice cream every week in the summer) and I am thankful we live it!
Last Friday night was a "wild and crazy" one...at home with our girls...just kidding. Just a few weeks ago my husband and I DID have a fun Friday night at a George Strait concert! We still get out and have fun every now and then. But, this time...a little bit of playing around the dairy and a pizza party at home with our girls was fun!
The girls were busy riding the four wheeler around our house with their dad...so, I snuck off to the maternity barn (just across the street from our house.) Hanging out over here never gets boring for us. Our girls are lucky to have watched their daddy help cows and heifers deliver calves...clearing their nose to help them take their first breath. So special.
I walked up...just in time!
This was calf #2 making her debut...yep, twins!
Not very common that twins are born and make it...but, these did just fine. My husband has great guys that work for him, one of them was there making sure this cow and her calves were doing well and that everything was going smoothly.
This is calf #1...she is sweetly waiting for her sister. Though she is laying down, do you know that a calf will usually be able to stand within minutes of being born?
Calf #2 again...their little heads are so wobbly and cute! (I think she is giving me the "really?" look.)
Momma doing her job and getting her second calf all cleaned up.
This is the look I got from the cow...it's as if she is telling me I have taken enough pictures and can leave now. Point taken...Bessy, I am outta here!
I bought a "new to me" camera from a friend...a Nikon and got a FABULOUS deal! So, of course I think I am a photographer now (just kidding) and I am taking every opportunity to learn how to use it. I caught this beautiful sunset as I was leaving the maternity barn.
I caught this beautiful sunset...and our beautiful Natalie practicing her cartwheels in the front yard.
Fun Friday night for us!
For a little more information on the farming side...click HERE.
checking water, fields and moving equipment!!
(I actually love these kind of nights...)
This field is alfalfa...planted in 2010. Alfalfa usually is planted and can be harvested multiple times
(6-8 cuttings) in the Central Valley. Depending on the weather...it is usually harvested from
April - October. Farmers usually allow 21-27 days between cuttings.
Here is a picture of a windrow pile of alfalfa....cut and raked into this pile.
Below is a picture of the rake...
the rake takes two windrows of alfalfa and puts them into one row.
Here is a picture of a pull behind chopper...and a wagon or hay van (green.)
This takes the raked windrow and cuts the alfalfa into 4-6 inch pieces and blows it up into the wagon.
The wagons are dumped and fed pretty much right away.
Eat up girls! Make that milk...