Wednesday, August 3, 2011

On the Farm: Corn and Cattle

Greetings, friends!  I wanted to share what we've been up to the past couple days.  First off...

In the Garden.

The corn had yielded the last of the crop this season and it was time to cut and feed to the cows.  They LOVE the stuff.  So, here's Catlia and the brother, hard at work. 

Oh, that's me and our grandmother.

Grandmama again...

This pic (and the one below) kinda gives you an idea how big this garden is.  We have another crop of corn growing to the left. 
After chopping the corn, we tilled the new crop of corn (to keep out the weeds) and picked okra and green bell peppers.

This is just one load.  I think we ended up taking three to the two herds of cattle we have.

Look at the cows.  =3  They're so happy they came to meet us!

Happy cows.  =}

Catlia is driving the Farmall, we are headed back to the garden to chop another load.

This one was piled even higher.

That's my favorite tractor right there. *sits proudly and types* The "M" Farmall.

Okay, okay, I had to put these on.  The next two pics were taken later that evening and are featuring our neighbors/relative's dogs.  Below, you will see Fudge, a border collie.  Fudge's owners, R and J, were the ones who gave us horse-back riding lessons.  They have a farm which adjoins ours, and of course, they have horses. =]  We were given quite a show.  Fudge is learning many tricks, it is so much fun to watch him.  He could play with his frisbee ALL day long, you have to make him stop to take a drink of water, or he'll wear himself out.

This is Gus, Scottish terrier.  He is also learning some tricks.  I love watching him and his little legs zoom all over the yard.  He's hilarious to watch!

We were working in cattle Tuesday morning, getting the cows and calves up to separate and sell. 

Poppy S.

In this pic, we're putting them into the stalls.  This makes it easy to separate the cows from the calves.

First, let me explain the two types of cattle we have.  The black beasties are called Angus and the "white" Charolais (pronounced SHAR-lay).

Then, once they are separated, cows from calves, and keepers from sellers, it's time to load up the trailer, which this one below is nearly 28 years old (that's pretty old, but, hey, it works just like it should).  =D

Aw, this poor cow is missing her baby... =[ But, sadly, that's how it is.  We have to sell, in order to keep our herds nice and trim.  On our farm, we keep about 60-70 head of cattle, but of course, when the cows have calves that bumps our number up a good deal. 

This one here is looking for her calf, too.

Just a bit of the scenery.

Well, that's all for this post.  Thanks for reading!
Fairfarren, my friends,

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