Although we have switched to Murray Grey cattle, we kept a few of our 'old reliable' cows. Sue had our first calf of the year yesterday and it's a darling little girl. We've already had our hands on her and wanted to share some pictures. We named her Misty.... after a very good friend :) and because of her
color. She's a beautiful misty grey/chocolate brown calf out of Cotton, one of our Murray Grey bulls, and a black white-faced cow. Momma is very proud of her!
We have been super busy trying to get everything done that needs to be done this time of year... getting the garden planted, mowing the yard, taking care of the critters (as usual), planting trees around the perimeter of the place, and a dozen other chores. But we always find some time to go out each day, just to visit and enjoy the wonderful friends we have with the horses, cows, goats, and dogs. Hope that you enjoy some pictures taken this week... :)
We finished our kidding season with a bang yesterday. Heart had triplets, 2 bucklings and a very nice doeling, about 4 PM. She needed just a little help with her babies and I'm glad we were there as the last two were breach. She got them all cleaned up, full of colostrum and then bedded down for some rest.
Harley wrapped it up about 11 PM with 2 more gorgeous bucklings. It seems like we spent the night in the barn but I'm glad we did. Harley's first buckling was huge...he is half grown already! She needed lots of help from both of us and I really don't think he would have made it out alive if we hadn't been there to help pull. Both little guys are rested up, eating well, and playing some today.
Today was a busy day as lots of folks were wanting to buy goats this morning. We had a couple with their young children out to visit. They ended up getting 2 Boer wethers and a Boer doeling for their "people kids" to show in 4-H. :)
In addition to our visitors, we sold 2 other Boer wethers today to a young lady that shows in the Tulsa area and a Lamancha doeling to a nice lady from Bixby, OK.
We are so glad to be a part of that tradition here at RR. We would like to encourage more young people to get involved with their local 4-H/FFA chapters and become a part of this lifestyle. It's a wonderful learning experience that teaches young folks so much.
Spring has arrived! The winter wasn't a hard one at all, not like the last couple of years, but it's always wonderful to see everything starting to green up again. The flowers are blooming, trees and shrubs are budding out, flowering and starting to leaf. We have gone from temps in the 40s and 50s to the 70s and even some 80s in the last couple of weeks.
Kidding season is winding to an end. As of last night, all the Lamancha ladies have had their babies. We now have 4 purebred Lamancha doelings and a lone buckling. We lost another buckling from Blondie but we think that was due to her pregnancy toxemia and induced labor. It always makes me sad to loose one though.
We have 2 fullblood does that are due anytime, so we are keeping a close watch on them. They, on the other hand, seem very unconcerned and can't figure out why we are at the barn so often!
Of the 7 Boer ladies that have kidded, we have 11 bucklings and 4 doelings. All but 2 of the bucklings will be wethered and disbudded. 3 of the doelings have already been sold and we may be keeping Rosie's little girl. She is an outstanding doeling! We have already talked to some friends about possibly showing her this year. We think she will do very well.
The drought has broken here and we are so appreciative of the rain without any "bad" stuff. We have received around 10" and it continues to rain steadily and softly. The ground is soaking it up greedily and it appears to get greener by the minute!
The gardens are ready. We were able to get all 4 raised beds together and filled with a mixture of good soil, manure, sand, compost, etc. As soon as the rain tapers off, we will start planting. The drainage is amazing with the raised beds. We planted 50 strawberry plants the other day and they are looking great!
We are muddling our way through the other big planting project and working when we can to get all the 650 Arizona Cypress trees planted. We hope to use them as a windbreak for the cattle, a home for wildlife, a block from the nearby 'junk yard' and just because we would like to see more trees on this place! We have planted a little over a hundred already and hopefully we'll get them all in soon.
Here are some spring pictures from this morning taken in the rain. Enjoy!
Tatiana was standing up on her own this morning when I went down to feed her!!! She even walked a few steps by herself!!! She still looks a little ragged, but continues to eat, drink, poop and pee well. Her eyes are bright and she loves company. I am leaving her in a lot by herself (which she doesn’t like) because I don’t want the other cows knocking her down. We go down several times a day to visit her.
Just to update... we had been standing her up with the tractor using hip lifts for a week. She had gotten so sore and bruised from the lifts that she was fighting them and ripped the hide off her hips. We decided to give her a few days off the lift to let her heal, but we placed her feed and hay in different places to
where she would have to move to get to it. Every time we went to check, she was in a different place, so we knew that she was still moving around... no bloating, etc.
It's so funny now... it's almost like she's had enough of us. She sees one of us coming and up she stands and turns her back to us. She wants nothing to do with us anymore. LOL I think she's afraid we'll give her another shot or poultice. It's good to see her getting better. :)
Rosie surprised us by having her kids a couple of days early. We were down working with Tatiana and heard a 'different' noise coming from the barn. When we got there, Rosie had already delivered two, cleaned up one, and was trying to have a third little one. Unfortunately, the last was not completely developed and although he tried to take a couple of breaths, he just couldn't make it. We were a bit surprised at the three as this was Rosie's first time. She was tired after her deliveries, so we helped her clean the two surviving babies and got her up so they could nurse and get their colostrum. Rosie had two absolute darlings and gifted us with our first doeling of the year... a little girl with perfect traditional red-head markings. She is a sweetheart and fearless to boot! The little boy reminds us of his daddy, Gaige, with similar markings. Mother and babies are doing well. :)
Russell Ranch is located in beautiful NE Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Illinois river in Green Country. There are lovely rolling hills, lots of wonderful lakes and rivers, and forests full of wildlife.