Patticake cleaning her new baby
And it's a heifer! Frazier Creek Patticake's little girl was born October 29th in the middle of a lovely warm fall afternoon.
Her sire is Frazier Creek Garrett from Frazier Creek Ranch in Rattan, OK
Patticake had a normal and uneventful labor - thank goodness! and is very proud of her new daughter. :) Both momma and baby are doing well. :)
We hope to have many more Murray Grey babies on the ground in the next year.
FYI - We are in search of any interested young people that are heavily involved in 4H or FFA that are looking for quality show calves. Please contact us if you may be looking for a unique and easy to handle show calf that present well in the show ring. To learn more about the Murray Grey breed, please look over our MG page. Murray Grey cattle are a great breed. :)
Dried up pastures...
Well folks, we are experiencing one of Oklahoma's worst droughts since the 1980's. It is dry, dry, dry. And no chance of good rain in sight - in the near or distant future. We have not had any measurable rain in our little part of Oklahoma since mid-May. It really shows in our pastures, yard, gardens, ponds, etc.
The pond on our back pasture is completely dry and the big pond is lower than we have ever seen it. It is so sad to see the place and all the country around us looking like it is. We've been feeding all the livestock since June. Hopefully we've accumulated enough hay to make it through until we get some much needed rain.
The only patches of green are near the trees that we've been watering to try and keep them alive and what's left of the garden,,, still getting some tomatoes squash and green chiles. :) We've been very blessed with a strong well, We have heard that many wells have gone dry in places around us. So sad to watch this and not be able to do anything about it.
Grasshoppers have taken over and are reeking havoc with plants, trees, and everything else they want to eat. They have moved into the yard and around the house as their forage has dried up in the pastures. Clouds swarm up and around your face when you are walking they are so thick. Millions of them on the fences, trees, plants....everywhere!
Guineas to the rescue!! Well, sort of... <grin> We bought 10 - 4 month old guineas last weekend. they are supposed to be the greatest thing for bugs - especially grasshoppers! Unfortunately we can't let them out until they are used to the place and have been here for a week or two. In the mean time we've been bringing them the hoppers that have been caught in the pool skimmer. They go crazy!! pecking and talking. They absolutely love them. We can't wait to let them loose on the grasshoppers. We could probably use a hundred of the guineas right now to help keep down the grasshoppers we have. LOL
Hope your summer has been a good one. Stay cool and enjoy. Send good rain thoughts our way please. :) We need it badly. Take care!
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. :)
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.