We started the year 2015 off on calving watch. Buttercup was bred to a Mini bull named Todd. We didn't have to wait long! On a clear warm Winter day she decided to calve in the back run-in barn. We were all present, including Spartan, our Livestock Guardian Dog. Lance was the first to touch the calf and Buttercup, this being her first calf, was eager for the help. It's a girl! We named her Munchkin in honor of our herd's roots in KS. Lorinda is also a huge Wizard of Oz fan and managed the OZ Museum's Gift Shop when we lived near Wamego, KS.
The next cow we eagerly awaited to calve was our Lead Cow, Buttermilk. She was bred to Toro, the first little bull she adopted to nurse. They produced a gorgeous, tiny, fawn heifer. Yes! Another girl! In keeping with the Oz theme, Lorinda named her Emerald. It was perfect since she was born on lush Spring green pasture behind the back barn on April 29th.
Creme Caramel was the second calf ever born on our farm. She was also expecting a Toro calf. The vet said she wasn't due until late July. Lance and I took the opportunity in late May to go to Idaho until late June. You can read about that trip in an earlier Newsletter.
While we were away Caramel surprised our kids by showing up with a tiny wet calf about 30 minutes after they had done an afternoon check on water troughs. Another heifer!!
(Do you see the theme? I hate to mention it or we might jinx ourselves as we wait for one last calf before we make the BIG move to Idaho.)
We named this sweet auburn and fawn colored girl Ruby. She was born on June 16th on the side of the front barn. The side that isn't visible from the farmhouse or troughs!
We'll talk soon!
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