Well folks, this has been the lost month. Starting with the week of flu it seems we lost that entire week. The following week there was hip replacement surgery. That went very well and we were home the next day. Physical therapy with Jeff followed for the next 3 weeks, as well weekly nurse's visits. Last week was a trip back to the surgeon's and he was very pleased - released us to about 80% of 'back to real life' activities. I still can't chase goats, spend the night dancing, or ride the mules yet, but that will come soon!
The goatie kids have, for the most part, headed to their new homes. It looks like everyone went to very good homes this year. One of the Boer wethers is a companion for another little Boer guy named Bob, that has lost his sight. Thanks Karen for giving him such a great forever home! All the rest of the Boer kids will be shown either this fall, winter or next spring. RR Gene Autry went to a wonderful family that lives in Hattiesburg, MS. They drove a long ways to meet Gene and were very pleased with him. We think he will do exceptionally well in the ring and are excited to hear from Chip, Angela and Zachary as to how he does!
All four of the Lamancha girls are going to live with some very special folks that are learning about milk goats and doing a great job. Thanks Ann & Phil. :) We're so happy that they get to stay together and have such a nice couple to care for them!
Now it's time to care for the mommas and help them recover from raising their rowdy and demanding children. All the girls have been wormed and had their feet trimmed. Their figures are slowly returning to "normal" and they are getting used to the kids being gone. I believe that they miss their litttle ones, so we give then extra attention and care during this time.
The horses and mules are getting fat and sassy in the pasture. No riding for a while with the hip replacement, but they certainly don't seem to mind. I think that eating and horsing around are their primary concerns these days.
The cattle are fat as well. We have 5 older heifers that have been bred this spring along with Dolly and the two older cows that are raising their calves. The rest of the girls are still youngsters so it will be some time before they are bred. They like to come up by the house in the evenings to look for treats and good scratches. Most the girls are very gentle and enjoy the attention.
The garden is growing well. I put up 14 quarts of green beans last weekend. We've enjoyed some fresh squash, radishes, greens, onions and swiss chard. Can't wait to see how much the raised bed gardens produce this year as it's our first. Looks like a winner!
Hope you all had a great Memorial Day and long weekend. :)
Good news first. :) Mike traveled to Antlers, Oklahoma last Sunday to pick up the rest of our Murray Grey heifers. Thanks Larry and Ron! Everyone made it home safe and sound. The new girls have settled down and today we turned them out in the big pasture. Cows are so funny to watch. :) They ran, jumped, bucked, and played as hard as they could and then ran straight back to the lot and wanted in. Dolly, the Guernsey milk cow, was right there with them all...bucking and kicking like a youngster - NOT the very pregnant cow that she is! LOL We enjoyed their antics for quite some time before they decided to settle down and graze. It looks like they will all be fine and they seem happy with their new home. I will try to get pictures of them all posted this weekend.
Well, the bad news... One of our new MG girls from the first trip, Tatiana, went into labor this morning. Although she tried valiantly, she was unable to deliver the calf herself. Mike stepped in to help her, but he ended up having to take her to the vet. Tatiana was in a lot of trouble. It took four of us working with her another hour and a half to get the calf pulled. The vet said the calf weighed about 110 lbs.…much, much too big for a heifer as small as she is.
We were greatly surprised as MG's normally have easy births and are known for their low birth weight calves. At this time she is unable to stand. We are hoping that she will recover and that her legs are just paralyzed from the trauma of such a hard birthing. Tatiana is such a trooper. She is trying to get up, and is eating and drinking now that we have her home. We are hoping that she makes a full recovery and in time will have more little ones that will race across the pastures kicking and playing. Her friend Poppy is keeping her company, standing watch over her, licking and comforting Tatiana during this sad and stressful time. Animals never cease to amaze me with their compassion and understanding. They are a joy to my heart. :)
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.