Fall calving has started. In order to have two distinct seasons for calving the bulls are only with the cows at certain timed intervals.
This is so calves aren’t starting out life at the beginning of a long hot summer, or at the start of an intensely cold winter. Also, if births are expected then the cows can be more closely monitored in case assistance is needed
Flies are still a bit of an issue in fall so Lynn sprays them with a fly repellant after he puts in their ID tag.
The tags help the farmer keep track of which calf belongs with with which cow. Farmers use records to keep track of the day of birth, approximate birth weight, who the dam (mother) is, and other pertinent information. Lynn uses an agriculture pocket calendar. He transfers data later.
As a natural prey animal, cow instinctually hide their calves who press themselves down on the ground in the tall grass.
Sometimes they hide too well and Cows “lose” their babies. To make sure they are kept up with daily they are checked to make sure the cows have been nursed…but that is not always enough. Occasionally a calf will nurse a cow that is not it’s mother. So all the cows and calves must be found daily for a health check.
Minerals and feeds are given as needed and to keep the cows “hand fed” gentle. Gentle cows are more apt to let you help them without trying to injure you.
Some, like this cow never completely are trusting.
This cute little calf has a crecent moon on it’s forehead.
Barring any major problems with the cows that need immediate attention, next the bulls are fed.
When the girls and I tag along this is “goof off time”. Bulls are not to be trusted so I make sure my lively rascals don’t venture into the bull pen
Then it’s off to repeat the entire performance somewhere else at another farm. Land is hard to come by here due to the population growth. In order to make enough money to make a living it is necessary to utilize several farm tracts. Three main larger land locations are farmed along with several smaller acreage places.
It keeps the farmers on the road a lot. Lynn has put more miles on his truck by almost double than I have on my car. And I travel occasionally for work.
The corn is now turning brown and drying out. As it reaches a certain moisture percentage it will be harvested. If it’s harvested at too high of a moisture percentage it will spoil in the grain storage bin.
The soybeans are just beginning to end their growing season. Soon they will also be turning color and drying.
Today is Labor Day. It’s past 5:00pm, and I’ve yet to hear word from Lynn of when he might be done with work today. He is mowing lots and cleaning up around little paddocks to keep things trimmed and neat.
Happy Labor Day Friends!