New Babies On The Farm
August 1, 2022
In the past 10 days or so we have had both pigs and a cow give birth.
The cow is about 4-months behind the herd in calving. And, after the calf was born she would not clean the calf up or have anything to do with the calf. When the calf came up to her she would quickly go away.
This cow has done this before! Last year her calf was born full term but was very small. She also abandoned this calf as well. I figured it was because she knew something was wrong with the calf. I searched and searched but never found that calf.
Needless to say this cow has a new address!
The good news is we have a very healthy baby calf that we are bottle feeding. We are keeping her in Tess's pen for a few weeks before turning her out with the herd. When she is out with the herd we will continue bottle feeding her until she know longer comes up to take it. That's a sign she is getting what she needs from the herd.
Here's a picture with Austin feeding her on about her second day after birth. She is not bashful at all about sucking down the bottle. Currently, she is drinking three bottle per day at two quarts each.
And. you had better be holding onto the bottle because when she butts (an instinct to encourage the mom to let down her milk/cream) she can knock it out of your hands.
There is something about a baby calf that warms your heart! While eating she will often snuggle up against you - and of course her tail is wagging big time.
We also have a couple of litters of baby pigs. Here is a picture of them napping while mom is away eating.
Notice the shallow waller the mom made to bed her litter in. For the first few days they don't wonder off very far. However, after about a week they are very active running, playing and sometimes fighting each other. But, always within sight of mom pig.
Last week I mentioned our team cut and packed 6-beef. Well, Jake our butcher took home a pack of short ribs and sent me a picture this week after cooking them. He's not only a great butcher, but a very good cook. What do you think?
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** Product Availability Update **
Chicken -Restocked Thursday, July 28th. Next harvest date is August 10th with restock the following day
Eggs - Eggs are still tight but better. Thanks for your patience and remember to check our website each Wednesday just before YOUR delivery.
Beef - Restocked FRIDAY July 22nd.
Pork - Fully Stocked except
bacon. Pending a harvest date with processor
Lamb - Next harvest date is later this fall.