Lots of babies being born right now, as is usual in the Spring. We had a beautiful Murray Grey heifer born 3/26/14 and for some reason her mother refused to take her. Thank goodness for Miss Dottie. Dottie took to becoming a nurse cow like a champ and is now feeding two babies, plus giving milk for four orphan Boer goat babies! Dottie is turning out to be an easy going cow and certainly a "keeper."
Here are some more pictures of Dottie and her two babies and Dottie being milked. :) These gals are sure keeping us busy!
Thursday, 3/27/2014, Faith, one of our younger Murray Grey girls, gave birth to a strong, healthy bull calf - with a little help from us. She is sure proud of him and is a really good momma cow. They stayed up in the pen for a few days and then were turned back out in the big pasture. Faith seems much happier with her bovine friends.
The garden is being readied. The onion sets and salad greens are planted. The seeds are sprouting in the greenhouses and the yards and pastures are starting to show some green. Could Spring really, finally be here? After such a long, hard winter, we are very ready for Spring. Yesterday we had our first good spring rain... even had some thunder and lightening!
A few of the Purple Martins have returned to battle the sparrows for their summer homes. Meadow larks and Blue Jays are here too. It's good to see them back. Still waiting on the trees and flowers to bud, but that will come in time. :) Spring is my most favorite time of the year! Hope you enjoy it as well...:)
Look what we found at the barn, curled up in the warm hay early Tuesday morning, 3/18/2014. She is a doll.
Dottie gave birth unassisted and baby was already clean.
We needed to milk Dottie and bottle the little one the first day. After she was strong enough to stand on those long legs, she found the milk bar and hasn't stopped eating yet.
Dottie is a wonderful momma and is doing very well in the milking department.
She still has some edema, but is giving 2.5 gallons OAD with the calf on full time.
As most of you know this year seems like the never ending Winter. Yesterday we had everything Mother Nature could throw our way; lightening and thunder, freezing mist, drizzle and rain, sleet, snow, high winds and then blowing snow. We ended up today with about a 1/2' of ice covered with frozen sleet and then snow. We are now on our 12th snow day from work and may be in school until mid-June!
Around the ranch, this kind of weather is extremely tough on us -and on our animals. We have shelters for everyone, but the wind and extreme cold (3 degrees this morning) make it hard for them to stay warm, especially the little ones. When the temperatures drop off this much we start feeding hay daily and grain in order for them to compensate the loss of energy they are expending keeping themselves warm. Plus we need to break ice several times a day so everyone can get a drink.
With the temperatures dropping into the single digits and the severe wind chill, we decided to move the four orphan babies that are being bottle fed into the house -actually into the laundry room. It's about the only place we have that they can't totally destroy being baby goats... It's been interesting to say the least. I have LOTS of help doing laundry. And boy do I have lots of laundry to do with these little ones inside!!
Not only did we have to move the goatie babies inside, we also had to bring the greenhouse in. :-0 Stay warm folks!
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.